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 ropocop
on ‎09-13-2011 10:55 AM



can international customer make an order?

can it be sent to an international address??



by ngayhevui
on ‎09-13-2011 11:14 AM

I want a HP Touchpad. can you give me the informations when touchpad is available?


by tduncan122
on ‎09-13-2011 11:17 AM

Looking for information on when the TouchPads will be available & also can we purchase 2, current HP employee.

by d5b5m
on ‎09-13-2011 11:25 AM

Back when the site was up and you were accepting requests and registrations for the touchpad, I requested to purchase a touchpad.  The site then asked me to register for notification because HP had sold out.  I registered and I got a screen that said I was registered, thank you.  Since that time, I haven't received any communications from HP, some as mentioned in this blog.  I would like to have a chance to purchase a touchpad.  Did something go wrong?  Can you check and see if I have been inadvertently skipped.   Thanks.

by skeletoncr
on ‎09-13-2011 11:44 AM

i want a touchpad when is available!!!

by blairbarnett
on ‎09-13-2011 11:45 AM

Please add me to the "inform when you have touchpads" list. Thanks


by skeletoncr
on ‎09-13-2011 11:47 AM

Please add me to the "inform when you have touchpads" list. Thanks

by cmja98
on ‎09-13-2011 12:09 PM

I WANT one too. Please add me to the "inform when you have touchpads" list. Thanks

by davidtbay
on ‎09-13-2011 12:09 PM

Please add me to ever growing list of those interested in the "inform when you have touchpads" list. Thanks

by bmfidan
on ‎09-13-2011 12:32 PM

ok, so where do we sign up for the email notification of availability?

by PadtouchHP
on ‎09-13-2011 12:36 PM

When is the new batch coming, where do u sign up. I want to odrder at least 10 tablets to sell for a huge profit and make a killing.


by rockus_123
on ‎09-13-2011 01:51 PM

I have already added all of you to my notification list.  Once I get the news, I will stream the info out at the same time.  But you all have to know that I am the son of an immigrant.  Our family loves HP.  When we print our family photos, we use only HP photo paper on an HP printer.  Even our dog gets excited when he sees the HP logo.

by Nadia1112
on ‎09-13-2011 01:53 PM

Can someone please add me to your notification list (nadia.syed@hp.com) -- Thanks!

by JohnQPublic
on ‎09-13-2011 01:59 PM

Hey people.....read the first page before posting comments.  There is NO LONGER A SIGNUP LIST!  HP has taken it offline due to the crazy amout of signups........So STOP asking to be put on the list.   Your best bet is to check the HP website in a few weeks. 



by JohnQPublic
on ‎09-13-2011 02:01 PM

This Just in......

I have a friend that knows a friend of a friend, who's girl friend works for HP in the touchpad department.....and they are expecting a large shipment of Touchpads on October 14th.  The sales desk/internet order system will go live on the following Monday the 17th of October.

Get ready to buy in one month.....this info is legit!

by JohnQPublic
on ‎09-13-2011 02:06 PM

The Factory assembly plant in China has confirmed that they have finished assembly of nearly 1.2 million Touchpads.  800,000 16gb and 400,000 32gb will be on their way in Mid October.  This quantity will assure that everyone that wants one will get their wish.  Because of the large quantity of Touchpads coming, HP will further discount the devices to $75 and $100 respectively......

by Mark_knows
on ‎09-13-2011 02:55 PM

Please let me know when the Touchpads are available.



by smyl3foeva
on ‎09-13-2011 04:43 PM

How can I request a notification for HP Touchpad availability?

by alanmalm
on ‎09-13-2011 06:03 PM

How do I signup to be notified when the Touchpad becomes available for sale again? I see nowhere on this page to do it! My username is alanmalm and I am registered on this website. Can you please email me when available. I want one to take on the plane with me when I travel for work (which is all the time).



by nprotheroe
on ‎09-13-2011 06:55 PM

My dad, daughter-in-law, and I all signed up for notification--and your web site responded as though our email addresses had been logged in. however, none of us has received the notifying email mentioned in the posting. I'm worried that we won't get info when the units are available.

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