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 mogurimogu
on ‎09-20-2011 10:00 AM
What should I do to get a notification that hp touchpad is already on sale?

by jsjohnson
on ‎09-20-2011 11:10 AM

Mark/Bryna,

How about an official response here since HP continues to screw its customers.  We haven't seen any input from admin on this post in weeks and I think we can all agree it would be nice to see an update even if there is nothing to report.

 

Not only were TP orders cancelled....now HP management is forcefully cancelling accessory orders!!!!  Ordered a Touchstone and a case today and guess what....they were cancelled after the order was placed.  Called HP and I was told by a rep that a memo came down today from management that clearly identified that the sale was (to use your own words Mark) "overwheling to say the least" and that there was a need to stop orders to allow those customers who buy the last batch of Touchpads an opportunity to buy some accessories.  HUH?!?  I had items in my cart, I bought said items, they were taken away.  Wow! Fantastic the fantastic service just keeps rolling on here.

 

As an aside, the rep told me he has not received any notification that HP employees will get first crack on the new batch so not sure if this is just rumor or not at this point.

by Enforcer83
on ‎09-20-2011 11:20 AM

How do i sign up for future email notifications on the next run of touchpads

by ipad
on ‎09-20-2011 11:38 AM

Regarding your comment that HP employees might get first crack at the new Touchpads is simply a rumor by disgruntled folks.  Some of us, myself included, who had orders on Aug 20 with Small Business, are getting tracking numbers that their Touchpads have shipped.  Many, myself included, are receiving them tomorrow.  According to my contact at HP, they have not had the opportunity yet to get a Touchpad.  It appears we are getting them before the employees.

 

 

 

by ipad
on ‎09-20-2011 11:40 AM

By the way, there is a limited number being offered to the employees.  Therefore, not every employee will be able to get one.  They have to go through a special online form competing against each other to get one.

by johng75370
on ‎09-20-2011 12:15 PM

I too had my accessory orders canceled; one order took more than 12 hours to cancel, but it did not create any false hopes for me (I now expect the worst when I have to deal with HP, since that has been my experience so far).  The number of mistakes, non-existent communications, communications with typos, and inability to professionally run a business have mortally crippled HP's reptation in my home and business. Long story made short, HP should be ashamed of making the brand reputation lower than dirt in my household. I get treated better as a customer by my garbage company. Confirming orders then cancelling them without notice or apology is something for a third-rate business; I am sad that HP has sunk below this level. 

by greedyeye
on ‎09-20-2011 12:24 PM

IPAD - Stop with the lies bro. Youre just a Gaddaffi supporter oops HP supporter.

by greedyeye
on ‎09-20-2011 12:29 PM

IPAD - Various news stories showed the actual email from the HP mgmt about employees getting first dibs on Touchpads, ALL SECOND RUN TOUCHPADS not a limited portion of them.

by touchpadordie
on ‎09-20-2011 12:48 PM

For those who care, here's the memo sent to the employees; judge for yourself:

 

http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/hp-letter.jpg

by ipad
on ‎09-20-2011 12:52 PM

greedeye, you need to stop with the conspiracy theories.  The fact is Small Business orders are being fulfilled before employees get their chance on 9/28.  It's information like yours that is misguiding others.

by ipad
on ‎09-20-2011 12:56 PM

touchpadordie, thanks for the link.  it confirms there are people commenting on this blog that don't have a clue.

by jsjohnson
on ‎09-20-2011 01:23 PM

I had seen the news of the memo, FWIW I was only commenting based on what an actual HP employee told me today which was that he had not received any such email though he had heard tell of it.  Not saying it does or does not exist, only saying it is odd that an HP employee hadn't received this same email everyone is saying went to all of HP (and this guy was domestic not overseas).

by greedyeye
on ‎09-20-2011 01:41 PM

IPAD - Small business orders are not from the new batch , they are from the older stockpile.

 

The email was sent see the proof in  touchpadordie's link. It also proves you are lying that only a limited amount are reserved for employees, based on the email the ENTIRE supply is available to Employees.

by greedyeye
on ‎09-20-2011 02:28 PM

If HP sells to its Employees then the loss incurred can be written off , if they sell to the public they cant hide the loss..

Selling internally will make their accounting books look better. So this is all a gimmick to impress investors.

by ipad
on ‎09-20-2011 02:48 PM

greedyeye - The only gimmick here is your conspiracy theory.  While entertaining, it doesn't hold water and its based on speculation not fact.  The "limited supplies" as suggested in the email apply to a reserved amount for employees.  What you consider "older stockpile" vs "new batch" doesn't matter.  Whatever the true number of Touchpads there are, there will be enough for Small Business orders, employees AND the public.

 

C'mon, you can't be serious about impressing investors?  You really think a few thousand Touchpads sold at $99 to employees vs the public is really going to sway investor thinking?  This is a multibillion dollar company, not some nickle and dime bait shop.

 

 

by SerahJ
on ‎09-20-2011 03:20 PM

I have just learned about the HP Touchpads, and I am now very interested in buying one for Christmas. But I cannot seem to find any online at a reasonable price and the ones that are, are all sold out. You said the next shipment would be in soon, but I don't want to miss it again. Please notify me by email as soon as you know when the next limited shipment is in because I assure you that you will have a customer if you do. Thank you very much for your time and remember to please notify me.

 

Thanks,

Veronica

by johng75370
on ‎09-20-2011 03:47 PM

iPad:  first of all, stop with insulting nickle and dime bait shops by comparing them to HP.  Secondly, I've been told in multiple ways by HP SMB to go F myself; they will not have any more, and even people with confirmed orders that got canceled are not being put on any waiting list or having any other chance at ordering a TP through them.  Not sure what your agenda is here, but it looks pretty transparent that you have an agenda and are aggressively twisting facts to match it

by zeusma
on ‎09-20-2011 06:19 PM

do you think HP will sell to the general public after its employee only sales offer has ended?

by rockus_123
on ‎09-20-2011 07:47 PM

I remember reading that the batch will only goes to people in US, not even Canada.  So the global total number of HP employees is ~304,000, but the total number US HP employees total is ~68,000.  There are rumoured that this second batch of touchpads are anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000.  So in this ideal scenario where only 1 US HP employee is allowed 1 Touchpad and all would take the deal, that will leave about 132,000 HP, given that the maximum estimates of Touchpad produced.  The total number of US population is  308745538.  Further breakdown reveals that persons under 18 years old, percent is about 24.3 percent and persons 65 years old is 12.9 percent

 

4 million IPads have been sold in the US, of which in the current census of the US is 400 million, therefore 1% of the US owns IPads.  So there are still a lot of people who still have a chance at 132,000 Touchpads.  But it's a better chance than winning a lottery.

by ipad
on ‎09-20-2011 07:49 PM

johng75370


Agenda?  Seriously?  Your perception that SMB told you to "go F yourself" leads me to believe you are not interested in facts.  Intead you'd rather assume there is a supposed "agenda" that is obviously twisting the real facts.


What facts?  


That they ran out and you didn't get one?  

That your order didn't go through and they won't honor it?  

That despite how many times you request to be put on a notification list that is already closed, they ignore you?

That they are giving you the same answer even after 15 phone calls, 25 emails, 30 tweets, and 50 posts to this blog?

That it is unfair that others who knew what they were doing put their order in on time on SMB are getting Touchpads now and not you?


I have no agenda.  My Touchpad from SMB arrives tomorrow, because I put my order in on time.  If I didn't, then I wouldn't be getting one.  That's a fact.

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