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Fire sale on HP Touch Pads is already live in Canada

Now this may be a hard deal for many to pass up, even though HP is discontinuing webOS and its hardware products. But HP will begin selling the 16GB TouchPad for $99 starting tomorrow. Likewise, the 32GB model will sell for just $50 more. 

According to the original poster, who happens to be a SlickDeals editor, we don't have any idea when the deal will start tomorrow in the U.S., but keep your eyes open and watch out for HP's server to catch on fire as people rush to purchase $99 tablets.

And for those that doubt the price cut, Future Shop (a Canadian subsidiary of Best Buy) has already dropped their price to $99. So for our Canadian readers out there, have fun while everyone in the U.S. waits for the sale to come online.

Updated @ 8:23pm EST

PreCentral grabbed a memo that HP sent to its affiliates which confirms the deal:

HP will be lowering the price of the TouchPad beginning Saturday 8/20/11. This is the lowest price ever for the TouchPad so please post it as soon as it goes live.

16GB TouchPad- $99; 32GB TouchPad - $149

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Just placed my order at
By Brandon Hill on 8/19/2011 10:25:47 PM , Rating: 2
Just placed my order at using this method:

Even used a $15 off coupon (SAVE15HP) which brought it to $90.73 with NC sales tax.


RE: Just placed my order at
By V-Money on 8/19/2011 10:48:49 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the link. For some reason only the 32gig came up with the discount, but I ordered one for 152.46 after tax to Cali.

RE: Just placed my order at
By mpklein13 on 8/19/2011 10:57:35 PM , Rating: 2
Awesome... Just picked up the $99 for $91 (with discount). Now that's a deal!

Now lets get Android on it (didn't research the feasibility - just a dream)

RE: Just placed my order at
By Chadder007 on 8/19/2011 11:14:56 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Just placed my order at
By Brandon Hill on 8/19/2011 11:17:03 PM , Rating: 2 is OOS too at the lower prices. Guess the rest of you guys will have to wait for Best Buy, Amazon, and Staples to drop their prices.

RE: Just placed my order at
By GulWestfale on 8/20/2011 3:06:13 PM , Rating: 2
best buy here in montreal said they were out of stock at the moment they opened their door. i know, because i was first in line. they won't let you order online either. i'm guessing corporate told them not to sell at $99, so they can flog them for $350 on ebay later. how can you be out of stock on an overstocked item literally overnight? something's fishy here.

RE: Just placed my order at
By MrTeal on 8/20/2011 3:44:09 PM , Rating: 2
Future Shop was selling them yesterday, so maybe Best Buy was too?

RE: Just placed my order at
By GulWestfale on 8/20/2011 4:24:08 PM , Rating: 2
they told me they're all out of stock, looked it up on the computer. they refused to sell me a display model, because "we still need it."

ah well, i didn't really need a tablet anyway. it would have just been a nice thing to have; that's all. i guess i'll wait another year or two until prices come down to netbook levels.

RE: Just placed my order at
By Taft12 on 8/22/2011 8:46:00 AM , Rating: 3
Employee hoarding. Some Toronto Future Shop employees have already been fired and it's happening at almost every store.

RE: Just placed my order at
By bbomb on 8/19/2011 11:58:10 PM , Rating: 2
Did you get a confirmation email yet? Those who dont use the coupon are getting them making us wonder if using the coupon code gets the order cancelled.

By Brandon Hill on 8/19/2011 11:59:16 PM , Rating: 2
No email, but my order is in process online.

RE: Just placed my order at
By V-Money on 8/20/2011 1:37:12 AM , Rating: 2
No email, but it shows it processing if I log in.

By Brandon Hill on 8/21/2011 12:48:26 PM , Rating: 2
Just got my confirmation email.

By JasonMick on 8/20/2011 10:25:27 AM , Rating: 2
Got my 32 GB model w/ Wireless Keyboard, Case, and TouchPad Charger Stand for $260 (normal price $700, so 63% off), including tax, direct from HP.

I figure I'll use webOS until it EOLs then pop the Ice Cream Sandwich source on it (which should be out by then).

RE: Just placed my order at
By Reclaimer77 on 8/20/2011 4:56:16 PM , Rating: 1
You live in NC too?

RE: Just placed my order at
By Brandon Hill on 8/20/2011 11:07:17 PM , Rating: 2
That would be why I paid NC sales tax ;)

RE: Just placed my order at
By Reclaimer77 on 8/21/11, Rating: 0
By Brandon Hill on 8/21/2011 6:40:02 PM , Rating: 2
My wife is actually from Matthews, so I'm in the area every few months or so.

RE: Just placed my order at
By spread on 8/20/2011 8:53:17 PM , Rating: 2
Even used a $15 off coupon (SAVE15HP)

You gloriously cheap bastard.

By Brandon Hill on 8/20/2011 11:06:53 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't have it any other way :-)

By bbomb on 8/19/2011 8:47:39 PM , Rating: 2
I just might get one at that price.

RE: Damn
By Goty on 8/19/2011 8:49:02 PM , Rating: 2
Heck, I might just pick up two, one for me and one for a family member who has been thinking about getting a tablet.

RE: Damn
By Brandon Hill on 8/19/2011 8:50:30 PM , Rating: 3
I'm gonna get one for my dad. At $99, it's a no-brainer for a web tablet.

RE: Damn
By kleinma on 8/20/2011 9:25:48 AM , Rating: 2
If you can find one.. Most retail online places are still listing it at full price. HP is the only site I see it marked down, and its out of stock.

RE: Damn
By Brandon Hill on 8/20/2011 10:39:58 AM , Rating: 2
Already got it (see my post elsewhere in the comments section).

RE: Damn
By kleinma on 8/20/2011 11:39:33 AM , Rating: 2
My girl was out at PC Richards with her mom and called me to say they had them. She picked me up a 16 and 32GB. 16GB models are selling on ebay for 200 bucks right now, so I figure I can sell that, and have the 32GB model for 50 bucks!

By Hydraulics on 8/19/2011 8:49:40 PM , Rating: 2
What are the consequences of buying one of these and say 6 months later HP turns off their support servers for this?

I hear synergy won't work. What other features will cease to work?

RE: Consequences
By Chadder007 on 8/20/2011 12:06:18 AM , Rating: 2
You have a point....

RE: Consequences
By kleinma on 8/20/2011 9:26:34 AM , Rating: 2
I would imagine they likely would keep servers running for at least one year from the day they stop selling them (which may be today)

RE: Consequences
By Taft12 on 8/22/2011 5:13:03 PM , Rating: 2
I hear synergy won't work. What other features will cease to work?

Not enough to make the unit worth less than $99. Buy with confidence!

International discounts too?
By Hydraulics on 8/19/2011 8:52:55 PM , Rating: 2
Will these be similarly discounted in other countries? Where?

RE: International discounts too?
By Hydraulics on 8/19/2011 8:54:35 PM , Rating: 2
I mean outside of North America. I'm talking in Europe (e.g. UK, France) and Asia (e.g. Hong Kong, Singapore), etc?

I ask because I'm really interested!

RE: International discounts too?
By Johnmcl7 on 8/20/2011 9:52:53 AM , Rating: 2
Not so far anyway, the site still has them full price


RE: International discounts too?
By Johnmcl7 on 8/20/2011 9:52:53 AM , Rating: 2
Not so far anyway, the site still has them full price


By xSauronx on 8/19/2011 8:40:37 PM , Rating: 2
So...who has android running on these already? Because if that works, I'm interested

RE: right
By shabby on 8/19/2011 9:44:36 PM , Rating: 2
If that happens the value of these will go up.

RE: right
By V-Money on 8/22/2011 12:32:30 AM , Rating: 2
There is a team working on porting it over now. If your curious about keeping up to date with their progress or feel like donating you can go to their website or their official development thread

I'll do it
By GreenEnvt on 8/19/2011 8:52:12 PM , Rating: 2
Sure it's dead, but if my boss gives me the go ahead I'll grab a couple.

PS - Future shop isn't exactly best buy's Canadian retail chain. Best buy exists here in Canada too with many stores just like the US. They bought Future shop a few years back and maintain them both. Generally they carry the same stuff, but Bestbuy gives their Futureshop staff commision, but not the staff in their Bestbuy stores.
It has it's plusses and minuses. Staff are less pushy at Bestbuy, but also less helpful.

RE: I'll do it
By GreenEnvt on 8/19/2011 9:16:03 PM , Rating: 2
Ordered 2 of em.

RE: I'll do it
By ChronoReverse on 8/19/2011 11:05:51 PM , Rating: 2
Completely sold out everywhere in Vancouver metro area =(

Best Buy no sale
By SilverHair on 8/20/2011 11:38:33 AM , Rating: 2
This sux but do understand why.

Best Buy is not selling the HP Tablets at all. They have removed them from the shelves.

RE: Best Buy no sale
By vazili on 8/21/2011 11:04:21 AM , Rating: 2
Nope. They changed their mind at the last minute. Literally yesterday.

BBY employee here

Scalpers grabbed them all where I am.
By MrTeal on 8/20/2011 3:49:10 PM , Rating: 2
Best Buy and Future Shop sold out of theirs last night, but Staples wasn't selling theirs until this morning.

Unfortunately they didn't have a limit, so people were buying 3 or more, and now Kijiji is full of listings for people selling the 16GB ones for $250 and the 32GB $275-300.

Luckily, I have 3 people meeting me in front of a bank at 5pm so I can buy a TouchPad from them. I wonder how long it will take them to realize there's 3 dudes just hanging around in front of a bank with a NIB HP TouchPad?

By vazili on 8/21/2011 11:02:55 AM , Rating: 2
I bought mine last night at Best Buy. Im just waiting until this thing gets rooted.

Would I have paid full price for it? Oh no. 100? sure

Truth in advertising
By lowsidex2 on 8/21/2011 8:40:31 AM , Rating: 2
I hope they are explaining to the average buyer these are discontinued to limited future support and software. Not everyone buying a tablet will know this. All they will see is the cheap price.

RE: Truth in advertising
By Piiman on 8/22/2011 10:52:11 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure they are wondering why and I know BB is telling people since they are selling them with no returns. Seriously the average user will not even care as long as they can check their email. If i gave one to my mother she would probably never look at the app store or every even think about a firmware upgrade. She would never know or care.

Cheapest Honeycomb tablet ever
By XSpeedracerX on 8/20/2011 2:25:20 AM , Rating: 1
Once google releases the code for honeycomb (probably after ICS gets here), xda will slap it on here. Guaranteed. Mark my words people. This thing is basically cutting edge hardware at shitty chinese tablet prices. Once honeycomb gets hacked on here, that plus the firesale price which can only go down from here now will make this an unbeatable alternative.

If I were running HP, I would have cut down the hardware a bit (maybe a single core instead of a dual, and half the ram) and undercut the iPad by about $150-200. "It has issues, but a its a good value tablet." The reviewers would have chirped, giving the software engineers plenty of time to fix webOS's issues while the low price brings in new customers and attracts devs to the nascent platform.

RE: Cheapest Honeycomb tablet ever
By Solandri on 8/20/2011 7:10:04 PM , Rating: 2
I've maintained since before the iPad came out that sub-$200 is the sweet spot for these devices. Maybe $250 for businesses. If a manufacturer can figure out how to make a decent tablet and sell it at that price profitably, their sales volume is going to make the iPad look like the 5% share Apple currently has of the PC market.

At $499, you end up comparing these things to laptops. But at $199 or less, you start to think of all sorts of new ways you can use these. Put it in a zip-lock bag and watch TV (hulu) while you shower. Place it on the table (on its charger) as a digital picture frame, which doubles as a web/email browser when you want. Rip some DVDs, hang it behind one of the car seats for the kids instead of paying $300+ for a car DVD system. etc. A $499 tablet is something you'll baby and protect and take with you because you paid so much for it. A $100-$199 tablet is something you won't be afraid to use and abuse, and can leave lying around the house without feeling guilty about wasted money.

By Spikesoldier on 8/19/2011 9:33:54 PM , Rating: 2
this would be great if the third party market really took off.

HP's launch was insanity
By TakinYourPoints on 8/20/2011 9:05:31 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like WebOS runs twice as fast on the iPad

It is insane how HP acquired Palm and then screwed up the launch so badly, completely incompetent management

sold out
By Hulkaroo on 8/21/2011 9:51:41 PM , Rating: 2
Goddamit. All Future Shop and Best Buy stores in Greater Vancouver area, BC, Canada - sold out...

By angel boy3637 on 8/27/2011 6:45:22 AM , Rating: 2
Interesting experiment
By Tony Swash on 8/22/2011 5:48:01 PM , Rating: 1
What an Interesting experiment.

It turns out there is no such thing as a 'tablet market'.

Just an iPad market.

In order generate the same sort of enthusiastic sales demand that is common place for the iPad you have to sell competing devices at a fifth of the price of an iPad.

Good luck with that.

Garbage is still garbage at any price
By ChipDude on 8/21/11, Rating: -1
By ShaolinSoccer on 8/21/2011 9:03:21 PM , Rating: 2
"One man's trash is another man's treasure."

RE: Garbage is still garbage at any price
By Piiman on 8/22/2011 10:48:10 AM , Rating: 1
Just because its not the best doesn't make it Garbage. Show me another tablet that does what it does for 99.99.

By Argon18 on 8/22/2011 11:15:31 AM , Rating: 2
That isn't the point. The point is that you're buying an end-of-life product. New out of the box, the thing is obsolete. It will not get any new updates, enhancements, bug fixes, etc. It's not like buying a used PC, where you can install modern software - you're buying into a proprietary ecosystem... a dead proprietary ecosystem. In my mind, that is junk at any price.

Now if HP decided to open source the whole thing, that would be a whole different story.....

"Death Is Very Likely The Single Best Invention Of Life" -- Steve Jobs
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