Yes, this is precisely what the fire sale did: it devalued webOS. And, I can only imagine how it's scared away potential suitors. I mean, my golly, I'd be pretty ticked off if I were a company (say, Samsung) thinking about buying the PSG, including webOS, and HP pulled this stunt. I can't imagine a better way of imprinting in people's minds that webOS is a low-end product.
Originally Posted by jrstinkfish
It's funny how some people gave me a hard time when I said I thought HP should have launched the TouchPad at $399/$499 to undercut the iPad 2 and act as a price leader. I was looking at how well the Asus Transformer has done at that price (well over a million units sold with only a fraction of the TouchPad's ad budget and retail presence) and figured HP would be able to do even better.
I was told, however, that this would imply that the TouchPad wasn't as good as the iPad 2, and so hitting the same price point was the smart option. Because, you know, the TouchPad is SO MUCH BETTER than the iPad 2. Now, there's all these (same) people arguing that selling at $99/$149 is a brilliant strategy for resurrecting webOS, in spite of the fact that HP is giving up $200+ a unit.
Which is it folks? Because I'm starting to lose track...