I got sucked into a bit of an internet phenomenon when I stumbled on a Fatwallet.com thread touting a $84 tablet. Now, you had to be lucky, have a coupon and be willing to say you were in the military to get it that cheap, but despite a heavy advertising campaign with celebrities and touting a $399 price tag, HP decided to drop the 16GB Touchpad to a well below cost $100.
The price was so absurd that as a retailer dropped the price they sold out almost instantly. After a sleepless night of chasing deals, I got a Touchpad, and sauntered off to Walmart to pick it up. Apparently even this out of the way location was not immune to the fervor, and they stated they only had three but had been inundated (ok, they didn’t use that word) with requests.
The topic on Slickdeals is nearing 5 million views in under 48 hours, and is past 15,000 replies. This isn’t just just hype though, this is a nice little device, well worth double what I paid. The Wordpress app isn’t bad either, although I won’t be troubled to add links, or much else for that matter. I’m kind of regretting not paying $50 more and getting the 32GB, but if I see it again I might get a second. It’s no iPad, but at this price it’s cheaper than a digital photo frame.
I hear Best Buy decided not to send all units back, and is going to be selling them at the new price point. If you happen upon one for under $200, it’s well worth it, even if typing on it annoys me.
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