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 Wert_hp
on ‎10-26-2011 12:56 PM

I registered for notification got the nice you have registered message and have not seen another message since but I get all the standard advertisements just fine...

by nskii
on ‎10-26-2011 12:58 PM

Please inform me when I can purchase 32gb touchpad.

Thanks.

by mylaroca
on ‎10-26-2011 03:29 PM

can anyone tell me how to sign up for notification of when the Touchpad will be on sale? pls...

by decker
on ‎10-26-2011 06:37 PM
I don't see what the big deal is, I got shut out of the original rush when they said that I was all set and then got the denial letter ten days later. Well, after fuming for 2 months I called and argued and then scmoozed and then went onto another rep and he passed me to another and finally someone magically found one and not only that, I got it shipled overnite for free. Best $99 bucks ever spent. HP is solid!!!
by mjcoro
on ‎10-27-2011 09:00 AM

When are the touchpad be available? I have not received any notification on the availability of the touchpad. Is there a reason?

by dk
on ‎10-27-2011 09:27 AM

just got the email.......touchpads available on monday @9amEST  WOOHOO

by rag6
on ‎10-27-2011 09:55 AM

How do we get on the email list for HP tablet?

by touchpadordie
on ‎10-27-2011 10:13 AM

@ dk - are you sure yours said @9amEST?  I thought it was @10amPDT.

by luelui
on ‎10-27-2011 10:48 AM

HP wants those who have not signed up by midnight October 29, 2011 otherwise you will not be eligible to purchase a Touchpad. The new Touchpad will be available Oct 31. ;;-) Happy Halloween!

by AKoul
on ‎10-27-2011 11:00 AM

@dk and @luelui - Did the email specify whether the TPs will be available to general public or only to those who had registered?

by sandhunt
on ‎10-27-2011 11:39 AM

Interesting... I did not see any email regarding the TP's.... and neither Bryna has twitted anything regarding the tp's.......

by ipad
on ‎10-27-2011 11:49 AM

As I mentioned in previous emails, my order for April 20 was fulfilled and I received 2 Touchpads.  I just got a message from one of my colleagues who created 3 orders of 2 32GBs each on April 21.  He just received all 6 Touchpads.  He's keeping 2 for himself and sold the other 4 to his friends for $149 each.  By the way, he only wanted 2 for himself and family.  However, the HP website that day never gave him confirmation due to the overload.  So, he tried again not knowing he made three orders.  Of course, after the mayhem, his friends who couldn't get orders in, offered to buy the extras.  So, HP is still fulfilling the original orders up to 4/22.  Just fyi.

by drummer6869
on ‎10-27-2011 12:04 PM

Hello,
How can I be signed up for the email notification for the Touchpads?

Thanks!

by evilhomerguy
on ‎10-27-2011 12:16 PM

I'm not sure why we're the ones doing the updates on this blog, but whatever.

 

I just spoke to a rep and he told me that they got an email on Monday saying that the parts supply is now depleted, and they are not making touchpads as of Monday - so what's left is left, and he said he doesn't see any available for sale now.   Orders are being filled first, but there most likely won't be enought for that.

 

Move along kids - nothing to see here.  It's been fun chilling with you guys for the last 2 months.

by jwall1919
on ‎10-27-2011 12:17 PM

I would also like to be notified

by jimslanker
on ‎10-27-2011 12:51 PM

HP wants those who have not signed up by midnight October 29, 2011 otherwise you will not be eligible to purchase a Touchpad. The new Touchpad will be available Oct 31 ????    How do you sign up ?   By posting to this Blog ???????  

 

HP,

   Consider this my sign-up... I'll take 1 HP Touchpad 32GB please, let me know when it's available... 

 

Thank You

by delavaro
on ‎10-27-2011 12:53 PM
Please let me know when the touchpads are going to be available.I want one.Thank you.
by jbrooks92
on ‎10-27-2011 01:00 PM

I signed up for notification, but have not received any from HP.  I've been checking everyday for the past 15 days for any word on the last available touchpads, but no news.  And as some stated above no updates from HP on this website, just feedback/updates from users on potentially availability.  I have accessories for the touchpad waiting to be used, but no touchpad.  I would still like to get a 16 GB version.  Thanks

by clovia1211
on ‎10-27-2011 01:03 PM

I would like to be signed up on the rare chance there are any left or if any notifications are going to go out.  Thanks.

by evilhomerguy
on ‎10-27-2011 01:08 PM

Please do not fall for the people on here that give you deadlines for a "list".  There hasn't been one for 2 months now.

 

People are making stuff up to keep this blog hopping.

 

I can't wait to see the people wanting to be on the list 2 months from now, when all the touchpads on Ebay will be down to about $5, and nobody will be buying.

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