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 rwillisca
on ‎11-01-2011 10:11 PM

Really...what is the STORY on this????  The position of HP has been to send an email to persons who showed interest when orders were mishandled in the August stampede indicating when new stock would be available and that a limit would be set on purchases with those people given first refusal for a purchase of either model for $99 or $149 with free shipping (due to past promotions).  Now...a 'LAST CHANCE' is posted when no email was sent to this customer (who received an email outlining the process with no updated announcements - AFTER the end of the business quarter.  This speaks to NOT doing business with HP - especially as an original warranty on a recent computer purchase was also not honored as to required term, in direct violation of the California Unfair Trade Practices Act with the vendor and HP.  This literal bait with no switch on the TouchPads is yet another alleged violation of consumer laws which protect consumers from vendors which actively misrepresent the terms of sale for products....

by touchpadordie
on ‎11-02-2011 07:20 AM

@ rwillisca

 

You're full of crap.  They only were to provide a notification, not a promise of first refusal.  They did provide notification - not the one anyone wanted.  Bait and switch / no switch?  Come on, that would require that they advertised that the product was actually for sale through HP, which they never did.

Go back to your law books.

by ChipOC
on ‎11-02-2011 08:04 AM

Here's a news story that explains what has happened:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/242927/hp_touchpad_returns_to_best_buy.html

by TheBadSeed
on ‎11-02-2011 10:26 AM

Please add me to the list for an HP TouchPad. I am extremely concerned about the welfare of ggold7211 and his children. I promise I will hand the TP straight over to him. I think it would be very unethical if HP did not help ggold7211 out as the pure guy has obviously hit tough times!

 

by rwillisca
on ‎11-02-2011 10:51 AM

@touchpadordie

 

Your comment has been referred to the moderator for IMMEDIATE REMOVAL based upon defamatory content and you and HP are subject to legal action.  I know the law and what HP has stated as well as confirmed this with HP customer service as to the intent of the offering and the posting in this forum.  I suggest you remove your comments IMMEDIATELY as has been referred to HP counsel.

by touchpadordie
on ‎11-02-2011 11:48 AM

What, I defamed your login id?  Then you better report this one too - you're an idiot.

by multiplan54
on ‎11-02-2011 11:52 AM

I'm disappointed I've been waiting very patiently for an email to say the new batch of touchpads have arrived and since you were on our list would you like you buy one but instead I see this page all crossed out

by guyiniowa
on ‎11-02-2011 01:44 PM

It's a little hard not to laugh at some of the posts here. I understand some of you are disappointed that being on "the list" didn't get you into Touchpad heaven, but before you run off hiring lawyers go back and read what HP originally said, or look through some of the posts on this blog.

 

I'm not going to take the time to sort through them for you. If you're really that upset, do yourself a favor and read through them yourself. You'll find at least two or three posts from a couple of different individuals (one post was mine) pointing out that at no time did HP officially say "the list" was going to be used for anything other than simple notification. Those of you who were really on "the list" (this doesn't include those who thought they were on "the list" when they actually weren't) got the final email from HP, and that completely fufills HP's obligation to you.

 

People, it's time to move on. Go look for a tablet that isn't already dead, has a company willing to support it with upgrades and tech support, and has a community actively writing new apps for it.

by sportyrider71
on ‎11-02-2011 02:32 PM

@rwillisca and @touchpadordie

 

I have hired F.Lee Bailey and Johnnie Cochran to represent us in a classless action suit against Meg and her cronies. If you wish to join the classless action kindly call 1-555-555-5555 and leave a message. F. Lee and Johnnie will call you personally, I promise.

 

HP employs over 150,000 people and I'm sure if we sue them individually and as a group we may be able to get a Touchpad for $99 or $149. After all, it is THAT important.

 

Join the classless action NOW!

by jafromnj32
on ‎11-02-2011 02:32 PM

dailysteals.com  $59.99

 

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by touchpadordie
on ‎11-02-2011 03:38 PM

@ sportyrider71

 

Thanks, but I've got bigger fish to fry.  My problem - There's a Hirade H8SS guitar on FleaBay that I want to bid on but I don't know what the reserve is.  Do you think F.Lee and Johnnie (rest his soul) would sue to make the seller reveal his reserve?  I really, really need this guitar, it's pretty.  I'd need it even more if I could play.  And maybe if the seller refused to reveal the reserve, I could settle with him/her and maybe get a free Ipad for my pain and suffering.

 

P.S. If  the seller on FleaBay is reading this, save yourself a lot of grief and just post the reserve price here.  I won't tell.  Thanks.

by ggold7211
on ‎11-02-2011 04:32 PM

love it..................................

h aha ha ha 

 

"I know the law "

by ggold7211
on ‎11-02-2011 04:35 PM

Your comment has been referred to the moderator for IMMEDIATE REMOVAL based upon defamatory content and you and HP are subject to legal action.  I know the law and what HP has stated as well as confirmed this with HP customer service as to the intent of the offering and the posting in this forum.  I suggest you remove your comments IMMEDIATELY as has been referred to HP counsel.

by Loyal2HP4-25yea
on ‎11-03-2011 09:14 AM

It seems this blog is infected with drug-ingesting, basement trolls who make fun of other people at their expense. My daughter signed up for the email notification, because HP said they would notify her when the Touch Pad would be available. (see below)

 

It seems they never got their "one time exclusive offer (16 GB@ $99 and 32GB @ $149) along with their email as a thanks for their patience and loyalty throughout this situation" (once again, see below)

 

Instead, HP decided to give their employees first dibs (as if they didn't get it the first time) then decided to get greedy and go back on their word, as stated in the below email, and give the people who were patient the same deal given to HP employees. I just bought a $500 HP laptop from Staples last week, but I don't get the Touch Pad deal, because I didn't buy from Best Buy or HP. At least Best Buy gives you discount coupons for buying product. I am a Silver Premium member, but Best Buy wouldn't give me any deals on computers, like Staples did. HP doesn't price-match, so I went with Staples, before I even knew about the TouchPad deal.

 

Still, I bought an HP laptop. So much for loyalty to a brand. I bought a laptop two years ago from HP and got no special discounts for being a loyal customer. Don't believe HP when they start spouting loyalty this, loyalty that, they are lying.

 

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.

 

by TheBadSeed
on ‎11-03-2011 09:30 AM

At risk of repeating what other users may have already stated... Get over it people, there are no more TouchPads! They really are no better than your average Android tablet and I bet 90% of you would never have considered buying one at the original price. You can buy a decent Adroid 2.3 tablet for uner 150 quid. It'll be far more future proof and if you do manage to break it or it becomes outdated within 18 months just get another one! HP played the game and now we're all crying because they kept changing the rules. If I ever had managed to secure a TP for a good price (realistically I knew the chances were microscopic) I'd only have rooted it to Android anyway.

 

by ggold7211
‎11-03-2011 11:00 AM - edited ‎11-03-2011 11:05 AM

We have been "YANGED" by comrad "YING"

 

"I know the law"

 

 

 

by ggold7211
on ‎11-03-2011 11:08 AM

The list was printed using invisible ink!

 

" I know the law"

by touchpadordie
on ‎11-03-2011 11:17 AM

I hope this blog  dies pretty soon - it's already dead but just doesn't know it.

That will give everyone time to unbunch their panties before the next big threat to their way of life.

by Robt_Loblaw
on ‎11-03-2011 12:07 PM

 

ALL OUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US.

 

I'm serious, people.  I know the law!

by Soyrunner
on ‎11-03-2011 12:13 PM

 

I agree with TheBadSeed.  You all should get over it.  Done and gone.  Move on.

 

(Now, please put me on the special list for the few to get the remaining $99 Touchpads; the list of us who didn't badmouth you guys.)

 

Soyrunner

 

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