08/20/2011, 10:53 PM
I went and managed to get a refund of my initial touchpad price today and so have my touchpad for 150, extremely happy I did buy it when I did. But think about this.
Just noting, THIS IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN
I went to 2 different Future Shops and 1 Bestbuy and WebOS was on everyone's lips EVERYONES. The employees were RAVING about it, there were none in stock anywhere but everyone I talked to was talking about what a great deal it was and how great webos was. Ontop of that as stated everyone is sold out. Its not just the webos faithful snapping these things up. HP and WebOS is dominating mindshare, sure its mostly negative but theres praise liberaly in there too for WebOS.
Now I want HP to come out tomorrow and say, "ummm, since we now have the mindshare and the actual devices we might reconsider....." This will not happen, but if it did it be the best marketing scheme ever. Sure everyone would still hate HP but the Touchpad is now easily the #2 tablet on the market, its on everyone's minds. HP will lose millions but its the same way the consoles business models work, sell your product at a loss and make it back through app sales and accessories.
They should have just called this a sale instead of a clearance, this would have gotten the devs on board as the devices would be out there now, dont even need the extreme low prices to get this to work as the staples sale proved, nock 200 off for a week and just BOOM thousands and tens of thousands of devices out there in the market. Just sad HP didnt have the balls to keep going.