08/23/2011, 01:14 AM
I just want to add a quick anecdote to illustrate how insane this craze has become.
Today, you see, is my birthday. After having dinner with friends, I came home and prepared for bed. I got a call from my parents who live 5 hours away asking me how my day was and wondering if i had a good birthday. We talked and shared stories for 2 minutes. Then, out of the blue, my mom said "so i heard from your brother that you scored a touchpad this weekend. Your brother's orders got canceled, can you buy us three?"
Yea, thats right. My parents, (mom in mid 50s, dad in early 60s), who use Facebook to write and share poems with their old high school friends who live in Vietnam, who knows the word "ipad" but doesn't know the word "tablet", who constantly fight over the 1 laptop they share to read the news, has miraculously heard of, and wants me to buy them...a touchpad. What. The. HELL?
This is more than an amusing story and it comes to prove a point. Never in a million years would my parents ever know that a touchpad existed, had it not been for this firesale. Over the weekend, i was under the foolishly mistaken belief that this craziness would not last more than a few days and soon the demand would dwindle to nothing. I confidently laughed at all the flippers buying up bulk touchpads to sell on ebay, rationalizing that eventually, they would have a pile of touchpads and no one to buy them. How stupid I was. The demand for the touchpad has spread like wildfire at an exponential rate. People tell a friend who tell their family who tell their coworker who tell their grandmother, and because of human beings' tendency towards herd mentality, EVERYONE wants to be "in" on the deal because EVERYONE ELSE is "in" on the deal, and they don't want to be left out.
Case in point, lets refer back to that monstrous slickdeals thread. It took a weekend for the thread to reach 4 million views, as i cited earlier in the day on this forum. Yet upon checking just a few minutes prior to this post, that site has more than doubled to almost 10 million views. This, along with my observations prove to me that demand still has not peeked and is only ramping up.
I'm very well aware that despite the fact that demand is increasing, eventually, the touchpad well will dry and, unless webOS is licensed, there will be no more webOS devices. Still, I'm confident that every touchpad in existence now will eventually find a home, and hopefully, most will be in the hands of virgin tablet users that will be pleasantly surprised by the maligned yet capable gem they've scored. I dare to dream that this newly hatched and satisfied user base will open their wallets and spend a dollar here and a dollar there on what little apps are available and these small purchases will prove to the cynics and critics that webOS's potential IS real, and worth investing in. Hopefully, the developers will follow and along with them, will come suitors. Maybe a Korean guy named “Sam” or a Chinese guy with a 3 letter name. One can dream, right?