HP is dispersing around 200,000 TouchPad’s starting September 28th to an eager customer base hoping to land the drastically reduced device. The same price point will be maintained with the 16 GB model costing $99 and the 32 GB $149.99. This is great news, but there are some strings attached.
HP employees will be getting first dibs on the tablets being released as part of the HP Employee Purchase Program. They are limiting the tablet sales to one per person and will carry the one unit per person rule when they hit Best Buy and other major websites. Part of the reason why they are limiting them is because of the public outcry that many people were buying 5 to 10 at a time and then selling them on Ebay for double the price.
Since HP is spinning off their PC division and yesterday’s news on 500 + webOS employees being let go, a tablet could be the least the company can do to try and make good.
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