06/29/2011, 10:09 AM
Here's the reasons I disagree:
Originally Posted by Smartfah
Rubenstein made the "make it right" statement, and Jon Zilber made the $50 announcement. I really feel if this was the sum total of the "make it right" scenario, you would have seen something along the lines of "I promised you we'd make it right, and now we are" from Ruby, or at least a "Rubenstein made a statement, and we're honoring that now". Instead, we get a statement that this is for "early adopters".
Another reason is that this really does nothing to "make it right", except for those that are early adopters of both devices. I fall in that category. I bought a Pre the day it came out, and I'm buying a TouchPad the day it comes out. I'm an early adopter. They just gave me $50. That exactly fulfills what the blog announcement said it would. Because I'm an early adopter, I will also be getting Pre3 when it comes out (from someone, can you hear me now Sprint?). Those users that plan on continuing to use their Pre/+ or Pixi/+ get very little out of the TouchPad, so this is doesn't really apply to them.
You do bring up a good point about why they haven't commented on this one way or the other. I have a theory, but it's only a theory. What if this is just one of the pieces of a group of offers? Here's my scenario:
When the Pre 3 does come out, we see a similar $50 offer for those that did not take advantage of this offer.
Possibly, we then see an offer of some kind (maybe a credit toward the app store) that can be used by those that did not take advantage of either of the other two offers.
At that point, HP can then say "Back in 2010, we made a statement that we'd make it right. We feel we've fulfilled that promise. We hope you keep buying our new products, and thank you for support in the past."
Again, this is 100% speculation, but in such a scenario, they couldn't say (of the current offer) "this isn't our 'Make it right' fulfillment" because it would be part of that fulfillment. At the same time, they wouldn't want to lay out what I just did (if it's really their plan), because they do want to sell TouchPads, and they want to sell to even those few people that the current $50 offer would entice.
I'll repeat, I don't know that this is the scenario. What I do know is that their current offer does exactly what they said it would do - it rewards early adopters.