Even though it really seems that HP is not going to be going down the tablet road again, the HP TouchPad is not going away any time soon. Earlier this year the company applied deep discounts to the TouchPad and sold it for $99. The retail price of the HP tablet was set at $400, but was not getting much, if any, attention at that point. The company made a statement that there was one more run of the tablet coming soon and today it was reported that HP will be running the same deal on their eBay store.
The HP TouchPad will be selling for $99 on the company’s eBay store and that includes the 16GB and 32GB models. The sale will be on Sunday and start at 6PM Central standard time. One catch with this last fire sale is that all the tablets are refurbished, not brand new. According to some leaked documents, the sale was going to be for employees first, by delaying the auctions, but that is not the case anymore. The tablets will be selling for $99 for the 16GB and $149 for the 32GB models, which will be listed under the “laptop” section of the store.
The auctions will be limited to two per person and payment is only accepted via Paypal. Even though all sales are final, the tablets will come with a 90-day limited warranty for your protection. The HP TouchPad was hit hard by reviewers that slapped down over $400 to get a look at the new tablet. The features included a fast processor from Qualcomm, 9.7-inch display and plenty of internal storage. On the Amazon.com website the Wi-Fi tablet had over 600 reviews for a total of 4 out of 5 stars which is not bad considering the sometimes ruthlessness of Amazon reviewers.
The TouchPad was originally pulled off the shelf after only two and a half months with the company promising they would sell another batch soon. Some retailers, like Best Buy, were able to get stock of the tablet, but that deal was only if you bought a new HP desktop. With the possibility of this being the last sale of the TouchPad, the development and support will be left to those that loved the tablet from the first day, the fans.