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.



by bdecklar
on ‎10-31-2011 07:42 AM

I would like to get on the waiting list for the tablet, can I still do this?

Thanks, Brenda

by touchpadordie
on ‎10-31-2011 08:36 AM

Yeah, Brenda, go for it.  You're just in time.

by ipad
on ‎10-31-2011 10:05 AM

I'm loving the crybaby posts.  Just when you think it can't get more pathetic.  Thanks for a laugh on a Monday afternoon!


If you need a laptop and not a Touchpad, do the deal at Best Buy and sell the Touchpad on ebay.  What is it selling for on ebay?  $250?  It's like a $100 discount on a laptop.


Or, if you want the Touchpad and don't want a laptop, find someone who wants a laptop and not the Touchpad.  Buy them drinks or dinner as an incentive.


They'll probably go quick.  I'm sure there are people who will use this opportunity to buy their kids a laptop and keep the Touchpad for themselves.


Nice PR move by Best Buy to generate store traffic and move inventory as well as sell accessories.  I wouldn't credit HP with thinking this one up on their own.  Best Buy is clever by promising HP to push HP products while offering the TP.


It stinks for those of you that never got one, but......business is business.

by goju_ukot
‎10-31-2011 11:11 AM - edited ‎10-31-2011 11:11 AM

It's funny reading all these people getting mad about being strung along and lied to by HP.  They're making as big of a deal out of a $99 device as people are about losing their homes to banks.  


Seriously people, this is a toy for fun.  You lose nothing in your life by not having one.  Nor do you lose anything in your life by having added your name to a digital list for notifications which you never received.  I'd be willing to bet that no one complaining even bothered to look at the Touchpad prior to its huge discount.  And now HP somehow robbed you?  Someone is even calling for a class action lawsuit  lol.  On what grounds do you base your lawsuit on?  That HP never delivered another opportunity for a $99 device?  Okay.  What if they did offer it to the public and you yet again missed the boat on the second wave as well?  I bet you’d still be complaining how they clearly should continue to make and sell these pads at the deep discount until you personally are satisfied.  Come on, if you really cared about the actual pad itself you would have either purchased one when it originally came out or bought one for $200 from eBay or Amazon in the past two months.


If anyone actually cared to read the original FAQ you’d realize that at no point did HP promise to make the second wave available directly.  They simply said that it would be available some time after the 4th quarter which they did, through Best Buy.  If anything that HP is guilty of is not emailing the exact details of how the new wave of Touchpads would have been available as per the original purpose of the mailing list.


And for all those sob stories about having promised a special surprise to their paraplegic-college-students-who-volunteer-ever-weekend-at-the-headless-baby-maternity-ward, I’ll leave you with this ancient proverb: Don’t Count Your Chickens before They Hatch.


by evilhomerguy
on ‎10-31-2011 01:25 PM

Very true guys.


I saw Mark say this blog will be closed by the end of the week.


Thank god.  But I will miss the stupidity.


Before I go, can I be added to the list ?

by potatopicker
on ‎10-31-2011 01:48 PM

OK evilhomerguy, you've been added.  That makes 683 times you've been added.

by FSR2003
on ‎10-31-2011 02:34 PM

Can I be removed from the list? I was never added but since the product promised for like the past 2 months does not exist, I should be able to be removed from a list I never saw right?


Oh and yeah.... Please tell Santa to scratch off the HP Tablet from my Christmas list when he checks it twice. Thanks!

by ggold7211
on ‎10-31-2011 04:13 PM

As my friends here  know I just got  out of jail did a 10 year stretch for armed robbery.

The touchpad was going to change my life. My wife and granny are in very poor health.

DSS have taken away my 4 kids because of neglect. I promised each a Touchpad for

Xmas. What am I to do now?

 I  will wind up back in the slammer without a touchpad.

Can anyone help this 68 year old ex con?

My life is getting worse.

I do not know what to do?

My life is over can anyone give me 5 touchpads for $100.00?

by rockus_123
on ‎10-31-2011 07:12 PM

Those who doesn't have the Touchpad now have several options:


1.  Buy the laptop and touchpad bundle, then keep the laptop and sell the touchpad on ebay for a profit.

2.  Buy the laptop and touchpad bundle, then keep the touchpad, but sell the laptop for a profit on EBay.

3.  Buy the laptop and touchpad bundle, then keep both. 

4.  Buy the laptop and touchpad bundle, then keep both.  And give one as a gift.

5.  Buy the laptop and touchpad bundle, then keep both.  And give both as a gift.

6.  Buy the laptop and touchpad bundle, then sell both on EBay for double profit.

7.  Don't buy the bundle.  Buy one on Ebay from those who buys the bunde, keep the laptop and sell on Ebay.

by nolimit3
on ‎10-31-2011 07:33 PM

Just picked up a Screen cover for my HP Touchpad for only $1.99 + S/H Link Here. Can't beat that price, very hot deal! Limited quantity so jump on this hot deal while it is still in stock!



by Secera
on ‎10-31-2011 07:44 PM

IMHO, This has to rank very high as a terrible corporate PR decision.  Hopefully,  the ones responsible for this move will be held accountable by Meg.  She has been brought in to turn this company around.  Even though, this is a low priority, she should start with this & show everyone what she's made of.  Customers don't appreciate being unappreciated.  Bad form indeed!

by rockus_123
on ‎10-31-2011 09:03 PM

There will be Touchpad 3 next year - but for $599 with Windows 8, without the bundled laptop.  Windows 8 alone will cost $149.95 for an upgrade from Win7.

by Esencia
on ‎11-01-2011 08:03 AM


I am intrested in getting a TouchPad, my question is will it be available 2 retailer's?

And if so which one's, I know Walmart had them before , will they have them again?



by dhalpern
on ‎11-01-2011 09:08 AM

Hi, Can I be added to the list for touchpads?




by goju_ukot
on ‎11-01-2011 09:47 AM

@Secera - This was not a horrible PR decision.  HP did nothing wrong.  They're getting out of the business (or thought they were when the liquidation sale was announced) and blew out their inventory.  Then, hundreds of thousands of people all of a sudden decided they wanted their product.  Had HP decided to go ahead and sell direct instead of doing the BB bundle deal they still couldn't meet the demand at this price point and people who weren't lucky enough (again) to get the Touchpad would still be calling for their heads.


What they're doing now will result in them gaining more profit and getting more of their products into peoples homes.  The complaints in this and other forums only represents a tiny fraction of the consumers most of whom are not even aware of any problems.

by jafromnj32
on ‎11-01-2011 11:07 AM

nolimit3  clicked your link, it takes you to a replica of this page, nothing about a Touchpad cover

by tjennhw
on ‎11-01-2011 02:16 PM

I was mislead by HP that the Touchpad would be re-released for $99.  I heard they are at best buy today and I rushed to the store only for them to tell me I'm SOL.  I'm pissed.

by rkang1982
on ‎11-01-2011 05:40 PM

Hi,  find this post to be a bit confusing... Smiley Frustrated   

so... touchpads are available now? from retailers? which retailers? Same price?



by guyiniowa
on ‎11-01-2011 05:57 PM



As far as I know, Best Buy is the only retailer with them in stock.


All you have to do is go to Best Buy, purchase a new HP computer, (I assume this only applies to certain models), and you can get a 32 gb Touchpad for $149


What a deal!


by guyiniowa
on ‎11-01-2011 06:00 PM

Sorry, here's the link:


What a deal!

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