By now you will be aware that HP is to discontinue its TouchPad tablet PC, which to start with saw lackluster sales until the unit was slashed in price. This led to a massive rush by consumers to snap up the heavily discounted device, and stock quickly ran dry. HP then announced they were going to run one final batch of the unit to try and meet demand. Today we have news of the HP TouchPad sale and the fact that existing orders may take up the entire last batch of TouchPad’s.
Electronista are reporting that HP have sent out emails to customers who have already placed orders, but have yet to receive their shipment from HP. In the email HP said they will start shipping the devices in six to eight weeks, and for the discounted price.
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SMB customers were the ones to receive the email, and it doesn’t apply to the customers that may have orders from the regular home channel. This means the customers concerned should be getting their TouchPad’s by the end of next month, which coincides with the end of HP’s current financial year.
The company has not yet revealed how many uncompleted orders it has for its tablet PC, but it is thought the company and its suppliers have enough components left to build at least 100,000 units. HPs suppliers have called on the company to build up as many units it has parts for to clear the supply of components that are left.
There will undoubtedly not be enough TouchPad’s to satisfy the demand at the discounted price, and makes you wonder if HP couldn’t have released the TouchPad at a lower price than it originally launched at. Admittedly no manufacturer could release a device as cheap as what the TouchPad is selling at now, but it is surely better to make a reasonable sized profit on each device than no profit at all.
Are you still waiting for an order of the HP TouchPad?