HP TouchPad 32GB in Best Buy bundle, sold out at HP

October 31, 2011

Best Buy is selling the 32GB HP Touchpad for its fire sale price or $149, but only with the purchase of a Hewlett-Packard or Compaq laptop, desktop or all-in-one computer.

In a Friday news release, the national retailer said that customers can also get the ill-fated tablet without the bundle, but for its original price of $599.99. HP also announced that its own online inventory for the TouchPad has been “depleted.”

Mark Budgell, a social media strategist for the company, wrote that “some retailers will have limited stock available” but the company’s own supplies have run dry. In August, the company said it would be making a limited number of TouchPads in its fourth fiscal quarter, which ends today.

Before HP announced that it was dropping the price of the tablet to as low as $99 — setting off a buying frenzy — Best Buy was reportedly telling HP that the tablet was selling so poorly that it wanted HP to take gadgets back.

After the huge price drop, though, the retailer had trouble keeping the tablets on its shelves.

Tweets from the company indicated that this is consumers’ last chance to snap up the tablet, which can still be found on Amazon and eBay.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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