The HP TouchPad is no more. The month-old device has become the latest casualty in the bitter tablet wars, receiving the cold shoulder from HP as the company announced yesterday that it will cease manufacturing the product. However, this news means that bargain hunters are licking their lips at the chance to score an aggressive deal on the webOS-based tablet. But how steep of a discount can you expect and how soon?
Turning to Flip to Predict Future TouchPad Drops
In order to gain some insight on common-practice pricing trends for discontinued products (and thus predict future TouchPad discounts), we analyzed past deals for another gadget casualty: the Flip Digital Camcorder, which was discontinued by Cisco in April of 2011.
Prior to the Flip's demise, the 2nd-generation 4GB Flip MinoHD's best deal came during the week of Black Friday when we listed it for $89. (It had been $136 prior to that mention.) Three weeks after its discontinuation, the 4GB MinoHD beat that Black Friday price when it dropped to an all-time low of $84. And just last week we saw a 4GB (3rd-generation) fall to a new all-time low of $58 (via Amazon), four months after the announcement of its demise.
We also saw steep discounts on the 2nd-generation 8GB model, which dropped from $119 in February to $68 in June. And, for further comparison, we recently listed the 3rd-generation 8GB MinoHD for $90 (via PC Connection Express), down from $139 in March.
What Does This Mean for TouchPad?
Across the board, all MinoHD models received stellar discounts, particularly the 4GB models. This may correlate with the 16GB HP TouchPad, which debuted for $499. It was listed last week for $331 (currently $397 with free shipping at Abe's of Maine), which means this could eventually be the first major tablet to come in at under $300.
As for the 32GB TouchPad, it debuted from HP for $599. Days after its release, we listed it for $550, and later HP temporarily discounted it to $499. And already today, we found a deal at B&H Photo-Video for $449 with free shipping — the best price we've seen so far. (Note: See our update below.)
However, regardless of the model, if you're looking for a heavily-discounted TouchPad, we recommend that you forgo the initial wave of deals. Instead, wait one or two months and you'll likely score an even bigger all-time low.
Update: HP has since discounted the 16GB TouchPad to $99.99 and the 32GB TouchPad to $149.99. Although both are listed as sold out, check dealnews throughout the day (or set up an email alert) to see if they come back in stock.
HP Website state that they are sold out of the 16GB units. This is in the banner of their page, but if you look in the left hand side of the screen you should see an link for both the 16GB and the 32GB units. I selected the 16GB as a test and it was added to my cart, so it should still be available. as if this writing.
They also stated that the normal return policy does not apply, but the full warranty would apply. On a side note BestBuy website is now sold out of the screen guards, it is currently on backorder
I was told by Best Buy that they were told to send all of them back to HP as well as OfficeMax(or was it OfficeDepot...idk).
Wal-Mart was honoring the price cuts but it was near impossible to find one in my area.
Conn's was the only other store that I could find that would honor the price cut.
Radio Shack kept saying they were either sold out or not honoring the new price yet but told me they have a price guarantee for 14 days from purchase.
Many websites have been bombarded with people trying to get the deal such as ttp://TheWiz.com[ and Microcenter and have had problems excepting too many orders.
Its a shame that HP has failed in the tablet game but really what did they expect? From my perspective they had 3 main things going against them:
1. About two years late in the tablet game2. Try to push your own custom OS when the field is already dominated by Apple and Android3. Price. Way to high for something that cant offer close to what other tablets can.Im just happy they based their OS off linux so it shouldn't be too long before some programmers come out with a nice distro for it :) Its definetly a good buy if you plan to "hack" it at some point or really just want a tablet for around the house for the kids or for some lazy internet surfing. Not the choice for a long term user. Its a shame it failed though because the flash works pretty well on them and the wireless charging capabilities is something Apple really needs to think about adding on the new iPads next year.Good luck finding one and hope you will join me in saying RIP Touchpad :(
This a Rebranded PlayBook..
RIP... for a Bad HP Remarketing Idea