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HP TouchPad Fire Sale – Did Anywhere Actually Have Any?


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With all the news about the HP TouchPad fire sale both here in the UK and in the US over the last few days, I have to ask the question – did anywhere actually have any?


I know that Jim tried to get them from various sources in the US, and mainly failed.

I even managed to get an order placed first thing yesterday morning with Barnes & Noble in the US for one, only to get the following email 24 hours later:


Here in the UK, the online sale started at 6pm last night, but could you get one? No you couldn’t!!!

At 6pm Dixons claimed to have both the 16GB and the 32GB ones in stock – I even managed to get a 16GB added to my basket, but as soon as I tried to check out my basket was emptied and then it was sold out!

This seemed to be the story everyone else got as well.

Other places like PC World, Currys and other claimed to have them available for in store collection, except that no store actually had them!

At 9am this morning you were supposed to be able to buy them in store, so at 9am I was at a very large Curry’s Digital in Central London and asked them if they had any.

The response was a bit of a surprise – I was told that “….since 1pm yesterday they have been like gold dust” (which was a surprise because the new prices only started from 6pm) and then the funniest comment I got was “they were priced that low for a reason………”.

That seemed to be the general consensus wherever I tried. So, either most places didn’t have much stock and quickly sold out, huge crowds magically arrived at 9am this morning and got them all (which is unlikely given the comments from 4 different places saying they all sold out yesterday) or staff working for these places all got them yesterday before the pricing was official.

Ebay today shows rather a lot of £160 TouchPads – so you be the judge!

DId you try and get one? What happened?

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


  1. I have one on order with Dixons but after 24 hours I have order acknowledgement but not order confirmation. I still hold out hope though.

  2. I got two ordered from HP, who confirmed the order. No ship date yet, but my order looks like it will fill. I suggest registering with HP, who will notify you when they have stock.

    Assuming that I get my two, I will review the unit here. Stay tuned!


  3. Yes, some places had them. A friend got two from Carphonewarehouse. Another friend got five (!) from Dixons.

    You just had to be a) patient, and b) lucky.

  4. People who buy more than their share just to get a profit really grind my gears.. I really wanted one. One and only one would’ve sufficed. If you bought them for personal use fair enough but don’t sh*t on your fellow consumers!

  5. I had no luck here in Germany either… The HP Webshop was under so heavy fire that I don’t know how anyone could have got one.
    Sad to say that today (after HP ran out of stock) the Touchpads started poping out on eBay and Amazon (from new sellers) for prices between 399-600€…

    • yeah, there will always be those people who want to make a quick buck – funny how people are buying them at those prices now but were not last week!

  6. My local PC world and Best Buy both had stock on Saturday morning and would have sold me one at full price, but that soon evaporated over the weekend even before the price dropped. I suspect a combination of staff and pre orders took care of them. In view of the poor sales performance, I don’t suppose store stocks were that large anyway. There’s always some chancer who will grab as many as they can in the hope of making a killing. Let’s hope they get stuck with them.

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