The $99 HP TouchPad Firesale is Back This Weekend!

HP saw huge demand for its TouchPad tablet when it announced the decision to scrap the line and drop the price to $99. The tablet sold out in stores and at online retailers in a matter of hours and, ever since then, those that weren't quick enough or lucky enough to snag one have been wondering if the $99 TouchPad might return at some point.

Well, if you didn't cave a snap up a PlayBook after that device's recent price plummet, you'll be pleased to know that the $99 TouchPad is apparently going to return this weekend. TechCrunch cites an internal HP mail that says starting Sunday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. Central time, 16GB and 32GB Touchpads will be available via HP’s ebay store (opens in new tab) (under 'laptops'). However, there is one catch: They're not brand new devices. Instead, HP is selling refurbs to those willing to shell out either $99 or $149 for the tablet.

Of course, supplies are limited, so when they're gone, they're gone. To that end, HP is restricting customers to two units each. There will also be an optional three-piece accessory bundle that includes a case, charging dock and wireless keyboard for $79 (estimated value is $199.97).

Are you going to try your luck on eBay this Sunday? Let us know in the comments below!

  • jcb82
    Uhm no, I wont. Might want one,but i don't need one.
  • slhpss
    It amazes they keep coming up with more of these to "fire sale"
  • stonedatheist
    They're tempting at those prices but Asus Transformer Prime is still the hot ticket item and the tablet to get if you're willing to spend that much on a tablet
  • lockhrt999
    From where do they get so many tablets for refurbishing.
  • rpmrush
    I would totally snatch 2 up, but the HP Ebay store says paypal only.
    Don't have an account and don't want one.
  • srgess
    dude do you know how much is the asus prime tablet... not 99$
  • I got the 64gb playbook when it was $200. Much better deal than these.
  • fonzy
    bbxI got the 64gb playbook when it was $200. Much better deal than these.
    64Gb $200? I payed $200 for the 16Gb model, I still think it was a pretty good deal though. I just hope the next update will bring android apps over to it.
  • Meh... at this point I wouldn't want one if somebody gave me one for free.

    1) The product is well past it's window of opportunity. Might have been a good deal back in September, but all the new Tegra 3 products with Android 3.2/4.0 hitting the market now offer a far better hardware/software combination, even though they will cost hundreds of dollars more.

    2) I can't help but wonder why there are so many "refurbed" units. Whether its due to hardware reliability problems or people who just returned their tablets because they weren't satisfied with the user experience - either way it should be considered a warning to stay away and not get sucked in by the cheap price.

    3) HP used to be a great company with premium products, but ever since the HP/Compaq merger (7 years ago?) their quality control has fallen apart and I have no confidence in the current corporate management. Seems like huge corporate mergers never go well, so it's better to focus attention on companies like Asus, Acer and Toshiba who aren't afraid to innovate.
  • kawininjazx
    There is a decent Android Gingerbread install for the Touchpad that seems to be working alright, it's still in Alpha. I am still up in the air, these are probably units that have been sent back and they might still have problems.