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HP briefly opened TouchPad sales to its employees today

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HP briefly opened TouchPad sales to its employees today
Amazon might’ve taken the industry by surprise today as they announced their competitively priced Kindle devices, but they still pale in comparison to the killer fire sale pricing offered by the HP TouchPad. Naturally, the buzz surrounding the webOS powered tablet’s fire sales have diminished tremendously, especially when inventory is seemingly all but dried up by now.

Well, HP managed to treat its employees to some good old fashion appreciation by opening up sales through their Employee Purchase Program. In fact, they briefly started selling them at 9:00 AM PST on the dot this morning. However, by 9:01 AM PST, the whole thing came crumbling down as the demand from several thousand employees brought things to a screeching halt.

There’s no telling how many units were sold through HP’s Employee Purchase Program, but one thing is clear, HP employees are saying that there are “impossible wait lines” when calling the employee store purchase line. Still, some are probably wondering if we’ll see HP open sales to everyone again – as they did before.

Knowing that they’re trying to clear out all of their supplier inventory and fulfilling contracts they signed, there might still be hope that sales for the TouchPad will happen once again. But the question comes down on exactly when it’ll all go down.

via PreCentral

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posted on 28 Sep 2011, 18:27 1

1. HPemployee (unregistered)


I'm an HP employee and took advantage of this offer as did a lot of my coworkers. The site was slow because of all the users, but it didn't come crashing down. It handled the load much better than most of the other sites during the initial fire sale when I tried to buy one. Everyone that I know that wanted one was able to get an order in finally.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 19:17

2. Buyer (unregistered)


HP still have tons of order they need to fullfill from the last firesale. Are they doing that prior this employee sale???

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 21:48

4. ronaldo0017 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


virtual assistant

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 21:48

5. henrickrw (Posts: 402; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


hp touchpad is a complete waste. i mean it. waste

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 11:30

6. Chkerb (unregistered)


Henrickrw. I'm sorry you found the touchpad to be a waste. I bought 2 of them, since I have not touch my iPad 2, literally. WebOs is the best tablet os to me. Social apps are integrated to the OS such as Facebook and Skype. The UI is just gorgeous and practical. I can overclock my cpu, open a linux command line window, print (native), access to Preware, OS patches and improvements, and I could make this list much longer here. Yes there is no app who cares. I use tablets in my work environment as a web developer. I have Flash on my touchpad and that's what Steve Jobs should have had allow on the iPad a long time ago. The technical burden reported by Apple to include Flash in IOS is pure futility. The only reason why you cannot have flash on IOS is financial. The way I look at it is that a huge amount of the useless apps on the apple store could have been made of Flash hosted on a website. But considering the cut Apple takes from every IOS developer when they release an app, it is probably good enough for Apple to refuse Flash integration in IOS and it will probably never integrated.

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 11:44

7. TouchPadPlus (unregistered)


For those who are lucky and able to buy a TouchPad, you can go towww.TouchPadPlus.com and follow their Step By Step Instructions with SCREENSHOTS to boost up the performance of your TouchPad.. It is a lot better than just the pure TEXT instruction.. You won't get lost.. It simply works.

Make sure to tell you colleague!!

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