HP TouchPad Firesale Part Deux?
It really was a shame that it was already too late for WebOS when the HP Touchpad came out. It had quality hardware, and has proven that it can survive being poked and prodded by hackers and modders of every skill level. In many ways, the $99 firesale that happened when HP decided to dump their stock of the TouchPad was the best possible thing for it. Not only did it get the device into the hands of people who were still unsure about whether or not they wanted a tablet, but also the hands of developers from every walk of life. The end result was an influx of new users and developers that would otherwise not have come in to play. It seemed like the HP Firesale was going to be a one time deal, until a recent note from HP announced they were going to release a whole new batch of the HP Touchpad.
HP caught themselves in a bit of trouble when they announced the original firesale for the TouchPad. They had already ordered a pretty significant volume of parts to build more of their wayward tablet, and tried to cancel those orders. Fortunately for us, that wasn’t an option, so HP was made to purchase and assemble a whole new batch of the TouchPad. Now, they need to do something about all of those shiny new tablets they have just lying around. Starting this Sunday the 11th, the HP ebay Store will have a fresh supply of touchpads for sale. There’s been no mention of what price point these devices will start at, but I have a feeling we will see that $99 pricetag come back for the base model of the HP TouchPad. Hopefully we will see yet another influx of new users and developers looking to explore their new tablet again.