Linked by David Adams on Wed 17th Aug 2011 17:46 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Ars Technica is reporting that US Retailer Best Buy has been able to sell less than 10% of the TouchPad tablets that it ordered from HP, and now wants HP to take them back. Similarly, deal-a-day site Woot offered TouchPads at a very aggressive price, and only managed to sell 612 of them. This is for a site that often sells out goofy tech widgets in hours. When the TouchPad was gearing up for release, there seemed to be a fair amount of interest among geeks. Is it just that it hasn't resonated the same way with the general public, or have people just been disappointed once they've put their hands on one?
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RE[4]: Comment by kovacm
by Laurence on Thu 18th Aug 2011 08:39 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kovacm"
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to be fair, the last time Apple truly invented a market wasnt the iPhone, it was the iPod.

Apple didn't invent that market either. In fact I have an MP3 player that predates the iPod by a few years.

What Apple did was make an existing market sexy enough to gain mainstream appeal (which is still impressive, but it's still not inventing said market)

This was the last time their brand became the ubiquitous name for the product

That is a pretty meaningless comparison really. Catchy brand names often become house-hold terms with non-techies because it's simply easier to remember. It doesn't mean that said brand was the 1st to market nor the best selling product on the market.

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