The message from above–
Some San Francisco Bay Area residents who missed out on buying a TouchPad from the HP website were able to sign up for a notification email about its future availability. Today the alert came. The good news: Yes there will be more. The bad news: HP doesn’t know when.
Not just yet
The email from HP thanked its customers for their interest in the TouchPad and said that it is working hard to make them “available as soon as possible.” Although no specific date was offered on when TouchPads will go on sale again, HP did say that it expected this to happen soon:
“While we do not yet have specific details, we know it will be at least a few weeks before we have a limited quantity available again. We will keep you informed as we have more specifics that we can communicate…”
HP will make more
Although HP announced ceasing production of TouchPads several weeks ago, thus ending its life with a fire sale, HP seems to have had a change in heart. Mark Budgell, an HP spokesperson, said on a company blog post.
“Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand.”
But will this new batch of TouchPads still be sold at the fire sale price? That’s a good question and something HP has not responded to according to Wired.
Consolation prize: 25% off on almost everything
The alert message also did some smooth marketing by informing its TouchPad seekers that it would offer, for a limited time, a 25% discount on virtually everything at the HP Direct online store with certain limitations on which products and what is available.
Get the code
Those who received the HP email will need to use a unique coupon code at checkout (assigned to each email alert recipient) to get the deal, which ends at the end of the day on Wednesday, August 31.
For those who didn’t get the email alert and attached code, it’s time to call friends, family, and even enemies to see if they will buy HP stuff for them.
HP helps the tablet industry
HP did more than just sell inexpensive TouchPad tablets during its closeout sale; it was able to capture the attention of the nation and the world by showing what tablets do and how fun and useful they can be.
One thing is certain; there are a lot more people who know about tablets now than there were two-and-a half weeks ago.
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