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Aug312011

HP TouchPad Tablet Returning for One Last Run

HP(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- A funny thing happened to HP’s TouchPad on the way to oblivion.  It was so successful — now that the company is killing it — that HP has announced it will “produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand.”

The company said on Aug. 18 that it was getting out of the computer hardware business.  In the days that followed, it held what amounted to a fire sale; retailers dropped the price on their leftover TouchPads to as little as $99.

And all of a sudden HP had a hit on its hands. The TouchPad — which had barely sold in the six weeks since its introduction — became the number-one seller on Amazon.com (for well over $99). Best Buy had trouble keeping it in stock.

“Thank you for enthusiasm for this product,” said HP’s Mark Budgell on the company’s blog, The Next Bench. “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.”

Even though Hewlett-Packard was the largest-selling computer brand in the U.S., the company decided it would no longer compete in the high-stakes, low-margin business of making hardware.

Marlene Somsak of HP tells ABC News the company has not set a price for the last-run TouchPads, and it hasn’t decided where they’ll be sold or whether there will be a limit on how many one person can buy. “This is just a limited run, using leftover parts,” she said. “And it’s just in the U.S.”

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