After Hewlett-Packard pulled the plug on its tablet computer, major electronics retailers have been quickly selling out of the HP TouchPad at a discounted price of $99 for 16GB and $149 for 32GB at some stores.
Best Buy said in a statement on Sunday, Due to HP's decision to discontinue its TouchPad product, Best Buy will now provide clearance pricing for all HP TouchPad models regardless of previously advertised prices or promotions.
By midday on Saturday, most major retailers like Best Buy, Staples and Wal-Mart completely sold out of HP TouchPads at the discounted price. The HP Web site also listed the TouchPad as out of stock: Due to the significant price reduction, we experienced overwhelming demand for the product and are out of inventory. Users can sign up for an alert to be notified when HP has more discounted TouchPads in stock.
The price drop has topped Amazon's bestsellers on its electronics list, though the TouchPad is currently listed at $399 on Amazon.com.
HP said on Thursday that it would discontinue all webOS-powered devices, which includes the HP TouchPad and Pre 3 smartphone. The decision is to move away from PCs, though it will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward, according to an HP representative.
The HP TouchPad has a 9.7-inch screen display and runs on webOS. Though it doesn't even compete with the Android market or Apple's App Store, HP TouchPad uses the HP App Catalog, which has about 8,000 apps.
So where can you take advantage of the HP TouchPad sale price at $99 for 16GB and $149 for 32GB?
HP Web site: Sign up for an e-mail notification for an alert when the HP TouchPad becomes available again at the discounted price.
Amazon: While Amazon currently has the HP TouchPad listed at full price, keep an eye for a second wave in sales at the discounted price.
Newegg: Sign up for a price alert on Newegg to be notified.
Best Buy: Best Buy wrote on the retailer's blog that it does not anticipate any additional inventory on the HP TouchPad. But, rumor has it that some scored an HP TouchPad at the discounted price in stores early Monday morning. If you don't feel like heading over to your local electronics haven, keep an eye out on BestBuy.com, just in case.
Barnes & Noble: Barnes & Noble had 16GB HP TouchPads on sale for $102 for a short time Monday morning, though they became unavailable shortly thereafter.
Cost Central: Costcentral.com currently has the 16GB HP TouchPad listed as in stock at $100 and the 32GB at $149.99.
Texas Matrix: Texasmatrix.com has the 16GB listed at $98.48 and the 32GB at $143.49, both currently in stock.
EBay: While not at the full discounted price, EBay lists the 16GB TouchPad at $235.