Why are people pretending these are "real numbers"? They're not. All of the articles are referring back to one, and that one talks about "sources reporting on sources".
Originally Posted by clevin
Sorry, these are not real numbers. They are hypersensationalized rumors, eagerly jumped on by those hoping they are true.
Further, even if they are true, one chain selling 25,000 units when multiple chains are carrying them is a decent launch.
Not including the minor locations that I'm not familiar with, here are the outlets (currently) selling TouchPads:
- Best Buy
- Office Depot
- Office Max
- Radio Shack
- Micro Center
- HP's Website
So let's take that 25,000, cut it in half, and multiply that number by the 13 other sellers listed above. That's over 160,000 (keep in mind, I halved Best Buy's lackluster sales numbers). Is that going to topple iPad? Nope. Is it a pretty decent start? Yeah, I think so. More importantly, is it indicitive of a "bomb"? Sorry, I don't think so.
And yes, I'm basing this on pure speculation, the exact same sort of speculation I saw in that hack piece of "journalism".