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Missed out on the $99 TouchPad? You may get one last chance

By Casey Johnston | Published about 8 hours ago

HP will produce "one last run of TouchPads" to meet the outpouring of demand that came after various outlets began selling the device at a deep discount price of $99 for the 16GB version and $149 for the 32GB version. The company provides no guarantees that the run will be priced so aggressively, but promises the fadeout of webOS hardware will go on as scheduled.

Just 49 days after the TouchPad's launch, HP announced that it planned to stop production on all webOS devices, including the chunky tablet. HP noted that the tablet failed to achieve the expected number two market position following rumors that Best Buy had managed to move less than 10 percent of its TouchPad stock, and wanted HP to take the albatross of a device back.

Once the TouchPad was discontinued, Best Buy, HP, and other outlets priced the forgotten toys starting at $99, a $400 discount from the sale price at launch. Many outlets sold out of the tablet overnight, and would-be customers lamented over the incredible sale they missed, despite the lackluster hardware and defunct (if revered) operating system.

According to a blog post on HP's website, the company will manufacture a "limited quantity" of TouchPads prior to October 31, when the company's fourth fiscal quarter ends. It will be "a few weeks" before the last run becomes available, with no deep discount pricing guaranteed and no information on how large the run will be. Representatives have promised that HP will place an order limit on this set of TouchPads to prevent profiteers buying them in bulk and reselling them on sites like eBay and Craigslist.

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Source: http://arstechnica.c...f-touchpads.ars



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