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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Apple can't afford to have a dud product because they have such a narrowly focused business. HP can afford to have 1 or even 10 dud products because they sell just about everything from printer cartridges to rack servers and support contracts.

HP simply have to take take the tablets back and sell them cheaply through an overstock company. A few million dollars lost, a lesson learned and no real harm done to the HP brand.

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