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 Dave-HP37
on ‎09-16-2011 05:50 AM

WILL THERE BE 64GB VERSION IN THE UPCOMING TOUCHPAD???

 

BECAUSE THE TOUCHPAD DOESN'T SUPPORT MEMORY CARD, SO THE 64GB VERSION WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

 

Thanks,

 

David

by Dectech
on ‎09-16-2011 05:52 AM

This question is regarding the Employee Purchase Program offering around September 28th. Will this be open to HP Retirees as well as active employees?

 

Thank you for your time...

by dannydreverman
on ‎09-16-2011 06:03 AM

Hi There,

 

I'm from the Netherlands and I also would like to obtain a Touchpad when they are released. How can I from a dutch reseller try to obtain one. Or Can I directly retrieve one from HP Netherlands or England?

 

Has anyone experience with this? Reaction will be greatly appreiciated

 

regards

 

Danny

by powerhungry2
on ‎09-16-2011 06:58 AM

@Mark.  What good is a blog if it is never updated with HP status re: Touchpads.  Please let us know what is going on.  Thanks.

by notonline
on ‎09-16-2011 07:55 AM

How do I sign up for notification when units available?

by bonimba
on ‎09-16-2011 08:08 AM

please notify me when more tabs are available

by asajecki
on ‎09-16-2011 10:43 AM

Is there a way to get notification of the next release of tablets?  If so, please notify me.

by tomaszc
on ‎09-16-2011 10:47 AM

I have not received any notification although I subscribed to it. Could anyone fixed it, please.

by SteelerRuss
on ‎09-16-2011 11:18 AM

Is anyone monitoring this to sort out the truth and the BS? I have only received 1 email notification from the request and it was the one with the 24 hour special discount. Nothing else since. Anyone get another notification since then?

by touchpadordie
on ‎09-16-2011 11:33 AM

I've only had the initial email.  I'm assuming that's all we'll get until there's more news on the availability of the tablets.  And, no, it doesn't look like anyone is monitoring this blog.  Otherwise they'd tell all the people to stop leaving their emails asking for notification. 

by nolimit3
on ‎09-16-2011 12:01 PM

Just bought a 16gb Touchpad with a Charging station and a wireless keyboard for $199!
http://www.fatdeals.net/showthread.php?t=2762
Hot deal! This is one of the best deals for the Touchpads I have seen so far!

by Marv990406
on ‎09-16-2011 12:31 PM

There is just too much confusion about these touchpads. If, for some reason, HP no longer have them for the public or none is available, I will suck it up and buy one online. With Android coming out with an operating system that will run concurrently with WebOS, I think it would be worth it at the $230 range ppl are selling them online, as a first tablet. Apple and the IPad can go to h*LL...Refuse to support APPLE products...

by yowsaman
on ‎09-16-2011 12:31 PM

How do I ensure that I am on the email list to be notified of of when the HP Touchpads will be available?  Thanks.

by colback2011
on ‎09-16-2011 02:41 PM

Please add me to the list wanting email updates.

by SteelerRuss
on ‎09-16-2011 03:02 PM

That CompUSA deal is better than you can get on eBay if you want the bundle with the keyboard and Touchstone charging stand.

by paul
on ‎09-16-2011 03:35 PM

I heard of this offer the day after it was announced and it was already too late to order.  As a long time customer and a stockholder of the company, I am doubly disappointed. First, as a past customer who gets regular emails from HP trying to sell me something, I received no notice of the deal of the year.  Secondly, as a stockholder, If the bozos running this company are going to throw my money away they could have at least given me first dibs on the product as a dividend for helping finance their folly.

 

A unlikely future customer.

by ggold7211
on ‎09-16-2011 03:51 PM

Paul I am sure you were overlooked.

How dare they do that to you?

 

 

"A unlikely future customer."

I heard of this offer the day after it was announced and it was already too late to order.  As a long time customer and a stockholder of the company, I am doubly disappointed. First, as a past customer who gets regular emails from HP trying to sell me something, I received no notice of the deal of the year.  Secondly, as a stockholder, If the bozos running this company are going to throw my money away they could have at least given me first dibs on the product as a dividend for helping finance their folly.

 

by traceyszcz
on ‎09-16-2011 05:02 PM

 It really stinks that there are so many people that bought the HP touch tablet and they are now selling them on Ebay and other places for 2-3 times more than they paid for it.  I just wanted one for myself for home use and can't get one unless I want to pay that price.  Sorry I just felt like venting!  Are there really going to be more HP touch tablets or should I start shopping for something else?

by soyfestivo
on ‎09-16-2011 05:03 PM

Sign up for my notification system to let you know when the touchpads are avalivible again! http://blog.soyfestivo.com/?post=rip-webos-an-unfair-death I'll let everyone know as soon as I know!

by madrubuddy
on ‎09-17-2011 03:39 AM

You know some greedy people make me sick to my stomach especially those who want one for their husband one for an aunt and one for a 3 year old,,my God that is nothing but sheer unadultered greed...I am personally glad that when they do come out it should be only one per household and I wish there was a way to double check that...Most people like myself that are on fixed income would love to have just ONE..You know they are good for older people that can't sit at a desk all the time and the touch screen is good for people with arthritis,...If HP could just cut out the greed and truly make only one per household available...That would be sheer justice!!!!

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