After HP in a strategic move stated that it will discontinue its WebOS line of devices, retailers nationwide dropped the price of TouchPad from $399 to $99 and $499 to $149.
The fire sale created a frenzy among customers with retailers like Best Buy recording out-of-stock status.
Earlier it was reported that Best Buy was sitting on a stock pile of 270,000 TouchPads. It was able to sell only 25,000 units of its inventory.
However while consumers rush to grab the WebOS-based tablet, the TouchPad offered at $99, the rationale to spend the amount on a tablet which HP will no longer support has left the industry watchers bemused.
The choice to spend $99 on a defunct tablet seems incredulous when there are multiple cheap Android replacements available.
Here is a list of some affordable Android tablets available at Best Buy:
Coby Tablet Black
Aldikp E-Book Reader Appslib Application Store, Google Browser
Coby - Kyros Tablet with 512MB Memory - Black
Android 2.2 operating system
Appslib Application Store, Google and YouTube
Barnes & Noble - NOOK Color eReader
7-inch color touch-screen display
VividView technology; supports ePub, PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, TXT formats;
8GB built-in memory
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Factory Refurbished - 16GB
Android 2.2 Froyo
Toshiba Thrive - 8GB
Price - $397.99
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Tablet -16GB
Price - $399.99
Acer Iconia - 16GB