Honestly, at this point the frustration of trying to get a Touchpad is outweighing the benefit of having a Touchpad.
A few weeks ago, I spent about 6 hours going between stores trying to get them to price-match a $299 Touchpad based on the Staples coupon deal. This never panned out, and so I eventually gave up.
Skipping to just a few days ago, when I first heard about the firesale, I went to Wal-mart, Meijer, Target, Radio Shack, Office Depot, Staples, and Best Buy. All of these places were sold out, except for Best Buy, where an employee said that they were shipping remaining inventory back to HP.
The next morning I read that Best Buy was going to be selling its remaining inventory. While in line at Best Buy (before it opened on Sunday), I found out that about an hour after I had left Best Buy the day before, the company had reversed its decision to ship back its inventory to HP. That night 30 more were sold. The next morning, I was person 26 of 72 in line. A worker came out several times, and each time the worker told us they had 100 Touchpads to be sold.
In the few minutes before the store opened, about 4 people cut line (one guy let his wife in line, etc). This ended up making me number 31 in an eventual line of about 84. At the time, there was no way to know if the people who cut were going to actually try to buy one as well, so I didn't think it wise to start a fight on the matter given that we had been told that EVERYONE in line was getting one.
Just a while later, BB opened up, and the line was let in. When we got in the store, we were told that they only had about 30 Touchpads in stock (apparently the person who had been coming out before was referencing a count number that included accessories).
So, I stayed in line on the hope that a single person who cut line wouldn't also be buying one (with the line as it was, I wasn't confident enough to say that person X or Y had definitely cut, and as such, should not be sold one). I waited from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, to be told that I was the first person in the line who wasn't going to get one.
Later on Sunday evening, my brother called me and told me about the onSale situation with Amazon. I hopped online and ordered one after about 30 seconds of making sure the deal seemed legit. Over the next few days, I knew what was coming thanks to posts on this forum. Like many other people, even though I bought a Touchpad that was "in stock", my order status simply sat at "Shipping Soon".
Skip to just a few hours ago, and Amazon sent me an email saying that my order had indeed been cancelled. However, my credit card still lists $155 dollars on hold for a product that I have been told I am not getting.
The onSale situation is stupid to say the least. While I can appreciate that this was sort of an unprecedented and unplanned situation, it still ticks me off that onSale/Amazon waited 72 hours to cancel my order, and have yet to clear the hold from my card. I get that the initial issue was servers being swamped, but I see no reason why it took them 72 hours to notify me that I wouldn't be getting a Touchpad. Like many others, I could have spent that time LOOKING for a Touchpad had I known I wasn't going to get one via that route.
Quite frankly, I am so perturbed about this fiasco that I have gone past infuriated, all the way back around to calm again. The inner kid in me wants to kick and cuss and call workers names and berate people who didn't know what they were talking about....but honestly, what would it get me?
To be honest, the only thing I am taking from this experience is that from now on, I will never let a person cut in line...ever. I am going to start recording videos of store lines on my phone if I ever find myself waiting in one again. That is what ticks me off the most I think...once again, cheaters prosper. Oh well. I hope everyone who gets a Touchpad enjoys it. No reason to rain on the parades of others!