Originally Posted by mongo.geek
Actually, the "destroy" option for something with significant value is not unprecedented. When Apple canceled the Lisa (a super expensive Mac predecessor...which I loved), they dropped the remaining stock into a landfill rather than sell them. Why? Because they could take the tax write-off all at once, didn't need to deal with the retail chain, and then didn't need to support them (warranty, software patches, etc.).
That said, HP apparently has several hundred thousand touchpads in the states...and god only knows how many more in the manu and distro pipeline (including the 4G variant), so that would be a big cost hit. I expect that you will see them on amazon for between $249 and $299...and at $249, they will sell fast.
Not sure if I would jump at that price. My biggest concern is for support for third-party software (e.g., flash) and websites. e.g., when does a new version of the gmail website just start breaking in the TP's browser...and do they then even care. The autorefresh in Reddit's new mobile site already doesn't work on my Pre...but it works in Android and iOS...and they are all based on WebKit...so subtle differences can cause issues. I suppose if they hit the market at below $200, it would be a no brainer...and worth the risk. Otherwise, my money might be better spent on a discounted GTab or Transformer.