Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Aug 2011 21:25 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless We're living in crazy times, that's for sure. Less than two weeks ago, HP announced it was going to quit making webOS devices. To get rid of existing stock, HP drastically cut the price of the TouchPad to a mere $99 - and this has resulted in a massive run on the device. Lines formed everywhere, and the device is now completely sold out. So, HP has just announced it is going to... Build an additional limited run of TouchPads.
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In Before "Stupid"...
by umccullough on Tue 30th Aug 2011 21:33 UTC
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2006-01-26

So, I'm sure people are going to be shaking their heads and wondering how HP plans to make a profit off "volume losses"...

The current speculation is that they have many spare parts and/or manufacturing contracts that they're already committed to - and rather than throw these away (and possibly pay a huge fee in hazmat recycling costs, etc.), it makes more financial sense to use the remaining stock to assemble/build more units and give people a chance at having one to recoup some expense that has already been realized anyway.

It also gives webos app devs a few more devices to potentially eek some revenue from ;)

Edit: Damn, missed!

Edited 2011-08-30 21:34 UTC

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RE: In Before "Stupid"...
by gehersh on Tue 30th Aug 2011 21:40 in reply to "In Before "Stupid"..."
gehersh Member since:
2006-01-03

Wasn't that a joke: we loose on each item but gain on volume?

In any case, seems like somebody at HP thinks: So they laugh at us. Well, then, let's make them *really* laugh. If life gives us lemons ...

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RE[2]: In Before "Stupid"...
by sgtarky on Tue 30th Aug 2011 21:45 in reply to "RE: In Before "Stupid"..."
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2006-01-02

checking to see if Carly is still running things :p

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RE: In Before "Stupid"...
by looncraz on Wed 31st Aug 2011 02:33 in reply to "In Before "Stupid"..."
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2005-07-24

Yeah, I'm thinking someone evaluated the situation and figured if they could sell another batch at $150/ea it would save HP money on the shutdown due to contractual obligations and part orders, too...

--The loon

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RE: In Before "Stupid"...
by Machster on Wed 31st Aug 2011 13:13 in reply to "In Before "Stupid"..."
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2007-05-15

It also gives webos app devs a few more devices to potentially eek some revenue from ;)


Are there any devs left? I thought Microsoft bought all 1000.

Edited 2011-08-31 13:16 UTC

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RE[2]: In Before "Stupid"...
by umccullough on Wed 31st Aug 2011 14:56 in reply to "RE: In Before "Stupid"..."
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

"It also gives webos app devs a few more devices to potentially eek some revenue from ;)


Are there any devs left? I thought Microsoft bought all 1000.
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Last I looked, a developer doesn't immediately lose knowledge when switching platforms ;)

If the demand is there, devs will fill the gap, trust me.

I'm also pretty certain 10s of thousands of technical people just acquired touchpads on the cheap - expect a new wave of apps as they start fiddling.

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