People who want a lot of something for very little. This is absolutely not rocket science; it's not even Economics 101. If you're surprised by this, then you should be absolutely dumbfounded by the masses of flesh hanging outside department stores and malls on Black Friday.
Originally Posted by Keanu_
Also, obligatory and with tongue firmly in cheek: Slickdeals.
I carry my dual-booted 32GB Touchpad wherever I go. But being a Sr. Developer by trade, I took a hell of a lot of **** from other developers for being a long-time webOS holdout (and webOS developer) with my Pre, Pre 2, and Touchpad after Palm/HP's awesome track record of marketing ineptitude. Most every other mobile and web developer I've come across in the local (giant) development community openly dismisses and/or mocks webOS. It's not all "OMG, look at that beautiful Touchpad!" out there like some people here seem to paint.
Demand is WILD for it. Go outside with your TouchPad and see what happens.
Even in general public, people don't exactly go out of their way to comment on my tablet. Most people couldn't manage to give a damn less about it.
It's a tablet. It's not an adorable kitten. It's not the Hope Diamond. It's not a controversial political slogan pinned to my messenger bag meant to garner attention. It's a freakin' tablet, and I get just a little more than creeped out by people who think an electronic device of any kind should get such attention in public. In fact, I'd prefer not to get attention in public when I'm carrying electronics in a major metropolitan area.
Actually, I did get one unsolicited comment while I was dining from a restaurant owner on who noticed my Pre 2 a couple of months back. He told me he'd owned a Pre since the start, but because HP discontinued their hardware and let webOS rot on the vine compared to Android he switched to a Galaxy II S--and then vociferously encouraged me to do the same.
Dude, that was an awkward meal.
People want value. Again, this isn't even Economics 101 we're talking here. You slash an electronics product in a generally high-demand form factor by 80%, and people buy in regardless of what's on it. It could have been Galaxy Tabs or even RIM Playbooks. Keep in mind that most firesale buyers didn't buy Touchpads for webOS; they bought it because it was a $99-$149 tablet from a top-tier manufacturer that normally retailed at iPad prices.
HP's TouchPad is a unique situation, it doesn't matter for the other tablet makers how low they'll go, I doubt it will recreate the popularity that HP has unwittingly managed to achieve.
The half-dozen or so people I know that were fortunate enough to buy one did so on the promise that CyanogenMod was coming to the platform. Most still use webOS sparingly and love the UX, but 90%+ of their time's spent in Android to get the apps they want and, in several cases, they use the Touchpad with CM7 (while waiting for ICS) to augment the experience they get with their Android-powered smartphones without blowing $500 on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.