HP TouchPad sales falling short of expectations at Best Buy stores
posted by Nick T. / Aug 17, 2011, 4:54 AM
Needless to say, HP is not too happy about all this right now, and the retailers who stocked on TouchPads are probably not feeling any better. Best Buy, in particular, is rumored to have purchased as much as 270,000 units, of which only around 25,000 (about 9%) have managed to find themselves a home. So, what is going to happen to the remainder of HP TouchPad tablets collecting dust in Best Buy's warehouses? According to insider sources, the retailer is so frustrated with the device's poor sales that it has asked for HP to take the unsold units back and has refused to pay the manufacturer any money for them. In response, HP allegedly asked for the retailer to remain patient and will be sending a senior company executive over at Best Buy headquarters in effort to smooth things out.
HP will probably announce the official numbers behind the sales of the tablet tomorrow along with its quarterly report, yet the figures will probably reflect only the amount of TouchPads shipped to retailers. How many of them have been sold to end users, however, will likely remain undisclosed.
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I have the general idea that Tablets just are not a high demand item yet. Why would an average consumer get a Tablet at any price range, when a Smartphone and a laptop make a more versatile combo and are much more what they are used to? I just think manufacturers look at the lines for the iPad and just assumed people would flock to other products like them. I do not think they have. I just think experts and manufacturers alike over estimated Tablet sales potential at this stage. Just my humble. unimportant opinion.
posted on Aug 17, 2011, 6:37 AM 3
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This article is true, the touchpads aren't moving at all. Neither is the Acer Iconia 500 and the Motorola Xoom. The Toshiba Thrive rarely sales, people want it for the ports but don't like the size and weight. People that come in wanting tablets will either go with the Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1 of they want the best high end tablet, the Asus Transformer if they want the best bang for their buck with expandable ports, and the iPad 2 if they want an apple product that all their friends have.
posted on Aug 17, 2011, 9:55 AM 0
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They would sell more if they made the 16GB price $250 to compete directly with the Nook and upcoming Amazon tablet. They would lose in terms of building costs/selling costs ratio, but if you look at companies like Sony with the PS3 they were losing hundreds of dollars but gained it back with games. So, HP needs to amp up their app store and then try to sell this at a lower price and gain back their losses through app purchases.
posted on Aug 17, 2011, 2:09 PM 0
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The success of the TouchPad will be determined over the long term. Apple flourishes because they have a long history from the IPod, IPod Touch, ITunes, etc. Plus it's a quality product out the gate. Any techie can tell the IPad and Touchpad are on par as far as features, but that has to be explained to your average consumer. And how do you do that? Training and apps. Best Buy employees, at least the ones I've encountered are clueless about how to use the HP TouchPad. If anything, they need to put a HP rep in each store to demo the thing. As far as apps go. For those of you who thought the HP TouchPad was going to ship with 100,000 apps off the bat, you're idiots. No tablet is going to do that. I really like the multitasking features of webOS myself. If anything it would be great to combine that feature with Android's app base.
posted on Aug 17, 2011, 2:38 PM 0
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