Tablet computers are suffering some lackluster sales and only Asus is making any real money with them. Non-iPad based devices are not doing as well as expected and prices are coming down by October of this year.
Many companies such as HP, Dell, Samsung, Acer, and other companies are faced with a problem. They have a large supply of inventory and a lack of demand for their products. Asus made 700,000 tablets from May to July and sold 500,000 of them. Many of the other companies have not seen sales that strong. Rather then sit on the inventory, the companies are going to be slashing the price. This will cut down on their overall losses and benefit the customers.
Many Tablets such as the HP TouchPad has been slashed many times and from the initial public offering. You can now get the 16 GB version for less then 300.00 after rebates. Other companies, such as Acer, Samsung, Motorola, and Dell, have all reduced their prices. Many companies are saying that by October prices in general for tablets will all fall to $300.
The de-investing of inventory will boost Q4 sales as people purchase items for the holiday season. RIM and a few others are looking to 2012 providing a resurgence in sales.