10/10/2011, 01:08 PM
Uhh, no, HP did not sell 1 million touchpads in the fire sale. The exact number was not released, but it was in the hundreds of thousands, maybe as high as 500,000. It was a lot, enough to put Touchpad ahead of Xoom and Galaxy Tab as the no. 2 tablet, but HP didn't have that many TPs in the channel. They produced an initial allotment, and were going to produce more as needed, when Leo pulled the plug.
Originally Posted by lurch
Also, Apple is not "delaying shipments". They sold out quickly, and now their web site is showing "1-2 weeks" for delivery. That is the point, when you take an order, you tell the customer when they will receive delivery. I have not read that anyone who ordered for October 14 is now being told that they will have to wait a week or two. In fact, I am reading the opposite. Orders are already being shipped, and customers who ordered on the first day are likely to have their iPhones a day or two early.
Third, I purchased my iPhone 4S on Friday at 3am (do you read the news?), got an email confirmation of the order on Friday and a shipping email on Sunday with a tracking number. I check the tracking number of UPS and it works! And it tells me where the item is. Fancy that, what technology can do.
Do you see a difference between taking orders for "1-2 weeks delivery" and taking orders with no confirmation for days, then confirmation email, then no word at all, then a press report that says that more are being made because they sold more than they had, then a month later a "6-8 week email", then a 2 week email, then a shipment, all done with a process with no rhyme or reason about the order of deliveries and all done while funds are tied up? Because there is one.