HP has publicly stated today that the company has decided to manufacture one last run of the HP TouchPad in order to satisfy demand and fulfill existing orders. They will be built and ready to ship by October 2011 and then customers will get a chance to be able to get some solid deals.
HP said in an official comment today “A limited supply are coming and it will be a few weeks before they are available. As we know more about how, when, and where TouchPads will be available, we will communicate that here and through email to those who requested notification. We can tell you that HP’s Small and Medium Business team has sold out of HP TouchPads and will not have more inventory. Bryna (@BrynaatHP) and I (@MarkatHP) will update you here and on Twitter on the status of the new batch of systems. Please continue to share your thoughts and questions with us. Although we can’t respond to every one directly, we are sharing your feedback with teams inside HP.”
One of the biggest facets of this announcement of the TouchPad to be manufactured further is the company putting a stop to the people buying 10 or 20 and then selling them on Craigslist or Ebay. HP has said that they will be imposing a “1 unit per customer policy.”
What about the deal for $99 for the 16 GB and $149 for the 32 GB models? HP has said that they will continue to sell them on their own web pages for that amount and that vendors have their own policies. This is why Bestbuy, Futureshop and many other companies participated in the firesale of the tablets but other companies like Newegg did not.
via The Next Bench