updated 07:35 am EDT, Sun August 21, 2011
Best Buy initiates TouchPad fire sale, Sunday 10am
In the wake of HP's decision to shutter its webOS division, ending all hardware development and production, Best Buy has reconsidered its position on selling the TouchPad. Rather than returning unsold units to HP, Best Buy has agreed to sell any remaining TouchPad units that it has on hand for the fire sale pricing seen on HP's own web store and its Canadian Best Buy stores. The sale starts today from 10am.
While not all stores have stock, those that do only have them on hand in limited numbers. As such, it is expected that it will quickly sell out of any remaining stock on hand.
Best Buy stores which have units of the HP TouchPad in stock will be selling the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model for $100, while the 32GB Wi-Fi model will be sold for $150. Quantities are limited to one per person, while all sales will be final with no exchange or refunds offered for any reason.
The expected rush on remaining units represents an interesting scenario for HP. Questions are likely to be asked as to whether it exited the market too soon given the renewed interest in the product despite support for it being severed, beyond its 12 month warranty.