UPDATE: Last Chance

More TouchPads on the Way  UPDATE: Last Chance

 

At HP, we try very hard to provide a positive experience to every customer who purchases an HP product. In some cases, like the HP TouchPad where supply has been extremely limited from the start, we simply cannot meet demand. We are now announcing that while some retailers will have limited stock available, HP’s online inventory is depleted.

 

Thank you for your interest in this product and the feedback you provided. Your input plays a critical role in defining our product roadmap and will help us continue to bring innovative products to market.  

 

I finally have some solid news to share about TouchPad availability.

 

Before I share, let me first say thank you for enthusiasm for this product. Since we announced the price drop, the number of inquiries about the product and the speed at which it disappeared from inventory has been stunning. I think it’s safe to say we were pleasantly surprised by the response.

 

Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand. We don’t know exactly when these units will be available or how many we’ll get, and we can’t promise we’ll have enough for everyone. We do know that it will be at least a few weeks before you can purchase.  See more information in the updated FAQs below.

 

Bryna (@BrynaatHP) and I (@MarkatHP) will update you here and on Twitter on the status of the new batch of systems. Please continue to share your thoughts and questions with us. Although we can’t respond to every one directly, we are sharing your feedback with teams inside HP.

 

Please note that many of the questions below address concern about orders previously placed on our HP Home & Home Office and HP Small & Medium Business online stores. It’s important to note that these are separate stores with slightly different procedures. We also know that we’re sparse on information about availability outside the US. We will share updates on regional availability as the information comes in.

  

Updated TouchPad Availability & Pricing…

 

Q: When is HP getting more HP TouchPads?  One week, two weeks, a month?

A limited supply are coming and it will be a few weeks before they are available.  As we know more about how, when, and where TouchPads will be available, we will communicate that here and through email to those who requested notification.  We can tell you that HP’s Small and Medium Business team has sold out of HP TouchPads and will not have more inventory.

 

Q: Can you comment on whether HP had to manufacture more to meet the recent demand?

HP will be manufacturing a limited quantity of TouchPads with webOS during our fourth fiscal quarter 2011, which ends October 31.

 

Q: Will HP continue to make more TouchPads with webOS to meet the demand?

HP is discontinuing the development of webOS devices and is winding down device operations within our fourth fiscal quarter 2011.

 

Q: Will the notification/alert emails go out all at once so everyone has a fair shot?

All those who requested notification have been notified today that more are coming in the future, and will be notified again when more specifics are known.

 

Q: How does HP plan to address disappointed customers?

All those who requested notification have received a one-time exclusive offer along with their email as our thanks for their patience and loyalty throughout this situation.

  

Q: What about retailers?  Some retailers won’t price match or drop their price to $99.

Each retailer will manage their own policy and process regarding pricing and price matching.  Please contact the local retailer of your choice to see what their current position is.

 

Q: Please limit stock to 1 per person: some people are getting 20 and then selling them on craigslist and eBay for a major profit.

If more inventory is available in the future, there will be an order limit.

 

Q: What if you already own a TouchPad but want to get $99 pricing?

Please contact the retailer or the specific HP store where you originally purchased for their policy on this question.

 

Q: What about other regions, such as hp.ca, etc.?

At this time, other regions have limited to no inventory available.  Please check with your chosen retailer or your local hp.com web site for more information.

 

Q: Any news on discounted TouchPad accessories or Pre2 or Veer phones or accessories?

Limited inventory remains on TouchPad and smartphone accessories.  Please visit HP Home & Home Office or your chosen retailer for current availability as this situation is changing rapidly.

 

Information about Online Orders…

 

Q: What does ‘your order has been captured’ mean?

If you received this message when placing an order, it means the order itself was captured.  Because of the fast pace of orders being received, that order may not have been fulfilled once processed.  If it was not you should have received a cancelation notice.

 

Q: The website had issues, so I couldn’t place an order.  Can I still order a TouchPad?

More information will be available in the next few days about whether HP’s Home & Home Office Store will have more units available in the future or not.  HP’s Small and Medium Business team has sold out of HP TouchPads.

 

Q: Does my TouchPad order qualify for free shipping?

No other discounts or promotions can be applied to the TouchPad promotion.  However, because a Free Shipping offer was on the website for a portion of the promotional period and some customers received Free Shipping as a result, we are waiving ground shipping charges for all customers who ordered the TouchPad after the reduced promotional pricing was announced on Saturday August 20.  Ground shipping charges are being manually removed from all orders that had ground shipping.  However, for those orders that have already shipped and invoiced, a credit will be applied for the standard ground freight charges and a revised invoice sent.

 

Regretfully, expedited shipping is not available on the TouchPad promotion orders.  If you requested and were charged for expedited shipping, you will receive a credit for those charges.  If your order has already shipped and invoiced, a credit will be applied and a revised invoice sent.

 

Q: Can I use an eCoupon or HP corporate discount to my TouchPad order?

No other discounts or promotions can be applied with the TouchPad promotion. 

 

Q: What if your order status says approved but you haven’t received an email yet?

You should have received either an email confirming your order, or an email canceling your order if we were unable to fulfill it.  If you received no follow-up emails after placing your order online, please contact us at www.hpdirect.com/shop/liveassistance

 

Q: Can I return my HP TouchPad?

No. Any HP TouchPad purchased at the price promotion of $99 and $149 is not eligible for a return. 

 

If you are having technical difficulties with your product or it was damaged during deliver, please contact HP Technical Support at 1-800-474-6836.

 

Q: What is the process for withdrawing my cancel request?

Unfortunately, if you requested to have your TouchPad order canceled, it is already in process and cannot be stopped.  We are not able to reprocess the order due to lack of TouchPad inventory.

 

More Information about Online Orders from HP’s Home & Home Office store…

 

Q: I placed my order online with HP’s Home & Home Office Store. How can I check the status of my order from HP?

For Home & Home Office customers you can check your order status here.  Once you follow the steps to either enter order number and phone number or sign into the site, you will be shown your order status:

 

  • If it shows Shipped, then your order has already shipped.
  • If it shows Item being processed, then your order is in queue to be shipped and all shipments should be complete by Wednesday August 24, 2011.
  • If it shows Order Pending, then your order is in review and we ask you to please check your order status again the next business day.
  • For all other order statuses, please contact our call center at 1-888-476-3988.

 

Q: Why was my order canceled from HP Home & Home Office Store?

Because of the fast pace of order volume over the weekend, some customers placed orders which we were unable to fulfill.  Those customers received cancelation emails informing them that we were unable to fulfill their order and that their credit would appear on their bank statements within 3-5 business days.  If you have not received an email notification and are still uncertain, please visit www.hpdirect.com/shop/liveassistance for more details.

 

More Information about Online Orders from HP’s Small & Medium Business store…

  

Q: I ordered from the HP SMB Store during the promotion but the discounted price was not reflected in my cart/order confirmation page/invoice.  Is HP honoring the discount price?

Yes, some of our SMB customers may have experienced a pricing error while purchasing on August 20th and 21st. We are in the process of ensuring every order is honored at the discounted price.  Most orders are being manually updated to reflect accurate pricing, prior to invoicing being sent.  However, for those orders that have already shipped and invoiced, a credit will be applied for the difference and a revised invoice sent.

 

Q: I placed my order online with HP’s SMB Store.  How do I confirm that it was received?

For orders placed after 4am CT on Monday 22nd August, US SMB had already sold out of HP TouchPad. We are unable to fulfill these orders and they have been cancelled.  If you saw a reserve hold for the amount of your order on your credit card, no actual charges have been made and this reserve hold will be released now that the order has been cancelled.

 

If you placed an order prior to 4am CT Monday, August 22, we are working through the large volume of orders, verifying payment details and seeking to source inventory for fulfillment.  This process is taking longer than first anticipated. At this time, we cannot guarantee supply to all these orders but are working to supply as many orders as possible. If you saw a reserve hold for the amount of your order on your credit card and your order cannot be fulfilled, no actual charges have been made, and this reserve hold will be released if the order is cancelled.

 

You can check your order status here.  If your order is not recognized, please check your order status again the next business day. When inventory has been allocated the status will change to “shipped.”   Please note that planned ship and delivery dates on the order status page are not accurate for TouchPad orders. You can only be certain that we have identified a unit to fulfill your order once the order status shows a shipment tracking number.

 

Q: Why was my order canceled from HP Small & Medium Business Store?

If you placed an order for a HP TouchPad on Monday, August 22nd – Wednesday, August 24th this was after a Sold Out message was posted on our webstore. All of these orders are being cancelled.  If you saw a reserve hold for the amount of your order on your credit card, no actual charges have been made and this reserve hold will be released as soon as the order is canceled.

 

There are several reasons that your order would have been canceled if you placed it on Saturday, August 20th or Sunday, August 21st, such as a duplicate order found or billing issues on the account.  If you believe your order was canceled in error, please contact an HP Customer Service Representative at 1-866-625-0242 (Dial option #3) or via Email Customer Service option who will be happy to assist you. Please be aware that we are experiencing significant call volumes with extended wait times, so we ask for your patience.

 

 

Mark Budgell

Mark Budgell (@MarkatHP) is Editor-in-Chief of The Next Bench and a Social Media Strategist.

 

 

Comments
by touchpadordie
on ‎11-05-2011 05:34 AM

@ johnsonfk

 

I feel so sorry for you.  I hope you get all the touchpads your family needs.  It's hard not to feel for a Johnson.

by touchpadordie
on ‎11-05-2011 05:36 AM

@ FSR2003 -

I thought from your previous posts that you were going to get a Dell and didn't like HP at all.  Why the change?

by juanettam
on ‎11-05-2011 08:05 AM

What happened to the email notification HP was suppose to do when the Touchpads were available? I signed up in the beginning to be notified and did not receive notification. Which stores received the touchpads and will there be special pricing or regular pricing?

by ggold7211
on ‎11-05-2011 01:05 PM

RETURN IT................................................................................................................


"Yes, very easy to use indeed. If you are well versed in 1980's retro-tech. For those used to plug & play modern PC's... Unintuitive Craptacular piece of hardware with severe limitations."

by nolimit3
on ‎11-05-2011 01:18 PM

GREAT NEWS! If you are a developer, you can get a 32gb version of the HP Touchpad for $149!! You must be a developer though:

http://www.fatdeals.net/showthread.php?t=5581

HOT DEAL for App developers!  Limited Quantity!

by ggold7211
on ‎11-05-2011 01:44 PM

GREAT NEWS

They are going to be selling the 32 gb here in prison for $99.00.

You must be a prisoner to get one.

Still time to sign up!

by ggold7211
on ‎11-05-2011 01:45 PM

From senor MENSA!

 

"What happened to the email notification HP was suppose to do when the Touchpads were available? I signed up in the beginning to be notified and did not receive notification. Which stores received the touchpads and will there be special pricing or regular pricing?"

by goldenvu
on ‎11-05-2011 09:54 PM

Walmart is also getting touchpads... To be sold only together with PCs...

 

What about us HP? What about your e-mails? What about your promises?

 

Oh I forgot, corporations are people. So I am sure they are enjoying your products while growing their profits.

 

Never will I trust this brand again.

by FSR2003
on ‎11-05-2011 11:20 PM

What happened is my last HP laptop suddenly and prematurely died. Just my luck, the warranty just expired a couple of months ago. Looked at other options but they were asthetically UGLY and Bestbuy presented an opportunity for a discounted Touchpad with a new laptop purchase. Unfortunately I have never been so underwhelmed with a new tech toy. But my friend wants it and birthday is coming up in a week. I put it back in the box and am saving it for a surprise gift. I hope my friend is not as underwhelmed as I was with it. Well.... I hope my new laptop turns out to be a better buy.

by rockus_123
on ‎11-06-2011 06:11 AM

FSR2003,

 

If you "jailbreak" your touchpad, it will be almost as useful as your laptop.

by ggold7211
on ‎11-06-2011 06:41 AM

Crime doe not pay!

I tried a jailbreak last month.

I know the law.

I am in jail!

by ggold7211
on ‎11-06-2011 06:42 AM

WHAT????????????????????????????????????????????????

 

asthetically UGLY????????????????????????????????????????????

 

 

WHAT??????????????????????????????????????? 

by rockus_123
‎11-06-2011 06:00 PM - edited ‎11-06-2011 06:02 PM

I just started to try to do some development on the Touchpad.  And I truly believe that Mr. Leo did the right thing.  Webos development is in a bad state.  This new framework enyo is not even fully developed.  There are no debugger or context ide to write applications.  It's really BS what those palm developers and managers are doing to the company.  The documentation are all over the place - mixing old code with new frameworks. Mrs. Meg will have no clue what's going on.

by sportyrider71
on ‎11-06-2011 06:45 PM

Whew! Sorry for delay in posting but my grandmaw had to have all of her organs transplanted and my 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab and my Samsung Google Nexus S cell phone were unable to get a signal in the hospital here in Lobamba, Swaziland. Our donkey that pulled the cart was slow when we rushed her to the ER after we heard the drums calling us but things are fine now. The chief surgeon had a satchel of Gris-Gris that guaranteed success with the heart, liver, kidney and lungs grandmaw received. I do feel sorry for the guy they killed to get the organs but they said his family was handsomely rewarded. And our friends said "You're crazy for going to Swaziland for the operation" but where else can you get organs in 1 day for such a cheap price?

 

Now, my HP employee friends, I need 3 more Touchpads for the nice folks at the hospital in Swaziland that saved grandmaw. Please add my name again to the list and rush the things to my US address. These crazy people who are posting links to the overpriced TPs from other retailers only enhance my chance of getting 3 more really cheap TPs from you. Tell Meg I said Hi! 

 

Thanks in advance.

Spoiler
 

 

 

   

by TheBadSeed
on ‎11-07-2011 02:03 AM

@fsr2003 hope your mate hasn't been following this blog otherwise his birthday present won't be much of a surprise!

 

@sportyrider if your poor grandmother has been subjected to Swazi healthcare i think she deserves more than a few TP's. she may be travelling home with a bit more than a new organ in her body!


by disappointed99
on ‎11-07-2011 06:20 AM

Is it too late to get my name on the list for a $99 touchpad? If it is not to late, add my name please.

by Soyrunner
on ‎11-07-2011 09:15 AM

I heard a popular joke years ago up on Long Island, stop me if you've heard it, the punch line is:

 

So, does that mean you're not coming?

by ratchet
on ‎11-08-2011 08:28 AM

No dog in this fight, as we (my family) purchased (all 32s @ $149.99) two at Staples, two at BestBuy and one from OnSale after they received the shipments and filled the orders of those that were cancelled in August.  Having said that, does seem like HP implied here that there would be a chance of purchasing from HP but instead gave them to their vendors to deal with the hassle.  Oh well!

by darguardian1314
on ‎11-09-2011 08:44 AM

Best Buy has been hoarding the tablets for a Holiday sale. Buy an HP computer and get a touchpad for $149. They got the tablets at $99 and will make a $50 profit on each tablet along with the computer they are selling. Leave to Best Buy to make money on top of money. I wish Circuit City was still in business to give them some competition. I will never shop there and I'm a tech geek. (-_-) 

by touchpadordie
on ‎11-10-2011 06:51 AM

Bryna -

 

I think you can take this blog off of life support.  There is no sign of brain activity - kinda like your tweets Smiley Sad

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