I'm curious: If you're a firesale TouchPad buyer, did you buy one only because of the firesale and being able to get a tablet cheap, or did you already know about the TouchPad and planned to get one someday already? It has seemed to me that the mad dash to buy one may have been partly or even mostly due to pent-up demand by those who wanted one before the firesale but who were waiting for these reasons: 1. To see if the price would drop due to competition among retailers, 2. to see if enough good reviews by both tech people and users would reassure them enough to jump in, or 3. to save up the money for it. I planned to get one for my birthday (Oct.) or for Christmas but went ahead when I heard about the QVC deal with no-interest installments, so I was thrilled to be able to get it sooner than planned (even though I'm not thrilled that QVC hasn't yet firmed up the 2nd price matching and my next installment is next week).
It seems to me that HP jumped to the conclusion that they wouldn't sell only based on how many people were willing to jump in during the first month to six weeks. Their advertising was so limited with only the Glee girl and the boxer ads being shown a lot but not enough clear explanation of the beauty of webOS - especially the full web which makes having a lot of apps that iPhone needs unnecessary. Bottom line, they just didn't work hard or smart or patiently to get a decent toe-hold in the tablet market that could build steadily. They (meaning the CEO and his cronies on the BoD) didn't believe it could happen and therefore shot HP in the foot in this whole venture. I'm so sad that this great OS will likely fizzle due to the ineptitude and wasted opportunities of so many involved in the webOS creation/development/marketing processes.