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 spiderman on Thu 18th Aug 2011 10:34 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kovacm"
spiderman
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2008-10-23

In France, you buy a phone, an ipod and a tablet.
I believe that because Archos tablets were somewhat popular before the ipad.
I just went to my mobile operator and they are subsidizing the galaxy tab. If the carriers start subsidizing Android tablets, I am positive the writing is on the wall for the ipad here, unless they get their subsidies.

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RE[5]: Comment by kovacm
by Tony Swash on Thu 18th Aug 2011 10:52 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kovacm"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

In France, you buy a phone, an ipod and a tablet.
I believe that because Archos tablets were somewhat popular before the ipad.
I just went to my mobile operator and they are subsidizing the galaxy tab. If the carriers start subsidizing Android tablets, I am positive the writing is on the wall for the ipad here, unless they get their subsidies.


As of January 2011 iPad sales were at 85% of the tablet market in France. That was before the iPad 2. Anyone seen any more recent stats on the French tablet market?

http://www.telecompaper.com/news/ipad-wins-85-tablet-market-share-i...

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RE[6]: Comment by kovacm
by spiderman on Thu 18th Aug 2011 11:29 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by kovacm"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

It's very recent. My carrier certainly didn't subsidize a tablet in january, although it did subsidize netbooks.
Apple will probably get subsidies too, that I don't know. Today they only had the galaxy tab. I do know that the subsidies will radically change the market.
The phone market is almost exclusively driven by the subsidies and has been constantly shifting since the last 15 years.

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