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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Come On,People...
by Yoko_T on Thu 18th Aug 2011 02:01 UTC
Yoko_T
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2011-08-18

The reason those tablets aren't selling is that *THEY COST TOO FREAKING MUCH*

You can buy a laptop at the same Best Buy store that's faster,cheaper and more all around useful from around $250-$400 as compared to $399-$600 those tablets are going for.

Quite frankly tablets shouldn't cost more than the cheapest laptop to begin with since you aren't getting that much for your money to begin with.

A $400-$600 tablet is a sick joke.

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RE: Come On,People...
by kristoph on Thu 18th Aug 2011 02:23 in reply to "Come On,People..."
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

There are about 50 million people in the world who disagree with you ;-)

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RE[2]: Come On,People...
by WorknMan on Thu 18th Aug 2011 02:48 in reply to "RE: Come On,People..."
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2005-11-13

There are about 50 million people in the world who disagree with you ;-)


You're right about that. When I want to surf the web while lying in bed or kicked back on the couch, I don't want to do that with a f**king laptop or tiny smartphone screen. Plus, if you are a keyboard player and use a lot of softsynths, you can use the iPad's touch screen as a MIDI control surface, then it becomes all kinds of useful ;) Hell, some synth makers (both hardware and software) are building iPad apps just for this purpose.

Oh, but I thought you couldn't use tablets for anything but content consumption ;)

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RE[2]: Come On,People...
by unclefester on Thu 18th Aug 2011 12:07 in reply to "RE: Come On,People..."
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2007-01-13

Billions of people eat McDonalds "food".

Your point is?

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RE: Come On,People...
by deathshadow on Thu 18th Aug 2011 03:06 in reply to "Come On,People..."
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2005-07-12

That was part of my point up above -- when I can get a 1.6ghz Atom powered 10.1" netbook with a 250 gig hard drive and a gig of RAM for $250, what the devil is making these crappy little 1.2ghz ARM powered devices with the same RAM (or sometime half) and a crappy little 16 gig SSD (a $50 part if that) come in at $400?!? I can aftermarket mod a netbook to have a touchscreen, twice as big a SSD and flip the panel around and STILL come out under-price.

Not that I would -- I like having the screen propped up by the bottom half of a laptop when lying down so I can use my trackball with it without the hassle of reaching over to the screen. That's what I really don't get -- it's a much more inconvenient form factor (for me at least), and no keyboard just makes it a toy. MAYBE if they build one with two displays that hinged in the middle so you could hold it like a book in the crook of your thumb. I tried out the apple one and these oven mitts I have for hands can't even hold onto the bugger... Probably why I'm not a big fan of todays phones either. Stuff's getting so small it's like it's designed for a five year old -- and someone who's only 5'4" tall should NOT have to be saying that.

Type of thing that in a year or two should end up in the sock drawer next to the AMD Geode powered thin client, the Atari Portfolio, and that Altoids Mint tin from 1984.

Edited 2011-08-18 03:11 UTC

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RE[2]: Come On,People...
by leos on Thu 18th Aug 2011 03:31 in reply to "RE: Come On,People..."
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2005-09-21

That was part of my point up above -- when I can get a 1.6ghz Atom powered 10.1" netbook with a 250 gig hard drive and a gig of RAM for $250, what the devil is making these crappy little 1.2ghz ARM powered devices with the same RAM (or sometime half) and a crappy little 16 gig SSD (a $50 part if that) come in at $400?!? I can aftermarket mod a netbook to have a touchscreen, twice as big a SSD and flip the panel around and STILL come out under-price.


Uh.. 10 hour battery life vs 2. Capacitative touch screen. Thinner, lighter. 2 cameras. Way better graphics chips than in that POS netbook.
The market has shown the iPad isn't really overpriced. If it was, we'd have a dozen Android tablets with the same specs for cheaper right now.

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RE: Come On,People...
by vitae on Thu 18th Aug 2011 03:59 in reply to "Come On,People..."
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2006-02-20

Of course they do. EVERYTHING at Best Buy is overpriced. It's a joke. Best Buy is for people who simply refuse to shop online.

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RE[2]: Come On,People...
by jack_perry on Thu 18th Aug 2011 04:16 in reply to "RE: Come On,People..."
jack_perry Member since:
2005-07-06

Okay, find me an HP Touchpad online that comes in significantly under the Best Buy price. :-)

I know what you're getting at, and fundamentally, you're right. But unless you can produce an example with the TouchPad, this is the wrong context to make that argument.

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RE: Come On,People...
by kaiwai on Thu 18th Aug 2011 13:19 in reply to "Come On,People..."
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2005-07-06

The reason those tablets aren't selling is that *THEY COST TOO FREAKING MUCH*

You can buy a laptop at the same Best Buy store that's faster,cheaper and more all around useful from around $250-$400 as compared to $399-$600 those tablets are going for.

Quite frankly tablets shouldn't cost more than the cheapest laptop to begin with since you aren't getting that much for your money to begin with.

A $400-$600 tablet is a sick joke.


The price in NZ isn't expensive - the Touch Pad in NZ is being sold on average $200 cheaper than the iPad 2 of similar storage size.

What is the real problem? the only reason I know about the problem is because I am part of the 'geek subculture' where I know about these sorts of things but for the average user they only know what is easily accessible and marketed to them - if HP sit on the side lines playing with themselves instead of promoting their product then who is really to blame for the crappy sales? when HP fails to send out representatives to train shop staff and get people fired-up and excited about the product are you surprised that the Touch Pad isn't being pushed to consumers.

I swear HP secretly want to fail because it is the only way to describe how almost every time they seem to be hell bent on sabotaging every opportunity they have to make it big.

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RE[2]: Come On,People...
by Yoko_T on Thu 18th Aug 2011 14:06 in reply to "RE: Come On,People..."
Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

"The reason those tablets aren't selling is that *THEY COST TOO FREAKING MUCH*

You can buy a laptop at the same Best Buy store that's faster,cheaper and more all around useful from around $250-$400 as compared to $399-$600 those tablets are going for.

Quite frankly tablets shouldn't cost more than the cheapest laptop to begin with since you aren't getting that much for your money to begin with.

A $400-$600 tablet is a sick joke.


The price in NZ isn't expensive - the Touch Pad in NZ is being sold on average $200 cheaper than the iPad 2 of similar storage size.

What is the real problem? the only reason I know about the problem is because I am part of the 'geek subculture' where I know about these sorts of things but for the average user they only know what is easily accessible and marketed to them - if HP sit on the side lines playing with themselves instead of promoting their product then who is really to blame for the crappy sales? when HP fails to send out representatives to train shop staff and get people fired-up and excited about the product are you surprised that the Touch Pad isn't being pushed to consumers.

I swear HP secretly want to fail because it is the only way to describe how almost every time they seem to be hell bent on sabotaging every opportunity they have to make it big.
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That's still a joke when you compare to a netbook or a laptop in the $250-$400US price range.

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