All Ye Cheapo Desis Can Now Buy a $99 TouchPad

Now is the time for all desi cheapskates that scoffed at the iPad (because you didn’t want to fork out $499 for a fine device) to pick up the good-for-nothing HP TouchPad for $99.

Here’s the list of U.S. stores peddling the TouchPad for $99.

You can’t do much with the TouchPad but, hey, it’s $99.

And as we all know, if Indians love anything they love cheap trash above all.

You should be able to browse the Internet and play with the few applications available for the TouchPad. But don’t expect any updates for the apps.

Just in case you were hiding under some rock, HP killed its TouchPad last week and is now working to get rid of the huge pile of unsold devices.

Related Posts:
Ha Ha Ha, Now Free Samsung Tablet for TV Buyers
HP Kills TouchPad

12 Responses to "All Ye Cheapo Desis Can Now Buy a $99 TouchPad"

  1. முனிAndy   August 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Looks like it is that time of the month at SI.. all articles are about pads.

    In they have a 50$ coupon.. so making it 49$. But is is out of stock 🙁 Responds:

    It’s $99 at Best Buy.

    Should come down to $99 at the other stores too soon. In any case, Best Buy likely has the most locations.

    • முனிAndy   August 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

      100 seems to be a bit too much for my cheapo mind when many people got it for 50 🙂 Responds:

      Not worth even a penny.

      • முனிAndy   August 21, 2011 at 11:58 am

        Our local Bestbuy has customized the answering system to say they have no more Touchpads… they have flown off the shelves. Hopefully I didn’t miss much. Responds:

        Try WalMart, Costco, Sam’s, RadioShack or other stores if you’re really keen.

        Should fall to $99 at other stores too.

  2. satheeshway   August 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Touchpad is nowhere near iPad’s sex appeal or the variety of apps. But Webos isn’t junk either.

    It’s a steal at 99 bucks and the market has responded properly.

    It was more like buying stocks in October 2008.. Responds:

    1. You write: It’s a steal at 99 bucks and the market has responded properly.

    Market has responded properly?

    Well, by your logic we must assume that the TouchPad is worth just $99, i.e. 80% less than its July 1 launch price of $500. 😉

    We’ve heard TouchPad does not even play YouTube videos well despite its vaunted ability to work with Flash (Apple iPad does not support Flash but has a YouTube app that works fine).

    2. webOS was alright once. Hey, we were fans too….First, we purchased a Palm Pilot PDA and later a Palm OS-based phone. But those devices good as they were four or five years back couldn’t keep pace with marches in technology. Today, it’s finito.

    Now, with the main contenders being Apple’s iOS and Google Android, we doubt the webOS can be salvaged.

    HP pissed off $1.2 billion in acquiring Palm last year.

  3. satheeshway   August 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Point taken.. Fact is that touchpad is a steal at 99 bucks.

    Hopefully Samsung and RIM would price it this way in future to clear their overflowing inventory.

    I got a 32 gig for 149 after 4 hours of struggle.. 😉 Responds:

    To those who can’t find a $99 TouchPad at Best Buy, Read this.

  4. vjcool   August 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    BTW, I’m thinking of buying a tablet.. being Indian, I would always want to know ‘whats the mileage?’, anyway a good pickup that justifies the price will also do.

    I tested a few tablets, the tab, ipad and something called the olive pad.

    The Galaxy tab and ipad were good, responsive..

    I want it to read books, and surf the web and maybe play a few games. If a book reader like kindle can substitute, I’ll go for it.

    Any suggestions Responds:

    You write: BTW, I’m thinking of buying a tablet….Any suggestions

    iPad 2 is the only tablet worth buying.

    * Good for reading books (supports Kindle, iBooks, British Library, Kobo, B&N, Google Books etc).
    * Solid Apps. Over 90,000 for the Tablet alone plus another 300,000 iPhone apps also work on iPad.
    * Tons of games, both free & paid.
    * Watch Live TV. NDTV Etc.
    * Good entertainment options – YouTube etc.
    * Surf the Web
    * Facetime for free video calling other iPad 2/iPhone 4 owners

    • vjcool   August 22, 2011 at 2:38 am

      one dislike??? and I had wanted the like/ dislike option..!..

  5. munish   August 22, 2011 at 1:25 am

    What a pity!

    Earlier HP couldn’t find buyers for the touchpad & now customers can’t find where to buy.

    I just googled & found its a mad-race to grab the product already!

    How I wish I had a relative in the US! By the way Sir, $99 is really dirt cheap. Now add to that a $50 off coupon and that’s too much seduction for an Indian cheapo like yours truly! In 2500 rupees, you can’t buy a basic multimedia phone here.

    Sir, I am totally clueless when it comes to online shopping.

    Can I order the touchpad from India? or any other assistance you could offer to help me loot? Responds:

    You write: Can I order the touchpad from India? or any other assistance you could offer to help me loot?

    Sweetie, we left Indian shores many summers ago, most likely when you were still crawling on all fours. 😉

    So what you can order from India, we have not the faintest clue because web sites here are location-specific and pull up the U.S. version when we click on or any other prominent web site.

    But to buy a product that’s already proclaimed a total market failure, has no possibility of any updates, in which even YouTube does not work well and few applications support seems to us an act of folly even if it be, in your excited words, a ‘really dirt cheap’ $99.

    If the present mad rush to buy this TouchPad junk offers us any insight into the human condition it’s that the March of Folly is an inalienable element of Man.

    Indeed, before Man learned to walk he learned and adopted Folly as his guiding Light.

    Wisdom, be damned!

  6. satheeshway   August 22, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Seems like the story of sour grapes. Am sure SI got pissed on not getting one for himself at the bargain price (like every American or ABCD ;).

    Tablets are just expensive toys for entertainment and most apps on app store are just modified versions of websites. The term productivity is nonsense for any tablet. (Playin angry birds isn’t productivity;))

    Touchpad can be used for browsing, reading ebooks listening to music and watchin movies, which is what ppl do with iPad most of the time. Reality about app store is 90% of the apps suck (I use an iPod touch).

    500 bucks is too precious to be wasted on a tablet. Responds:

    1. You write: Tablets are just expensive toys for entertainment and most apps on app store are just modified versions of websites.

    When the institution of marriage first came into being, the early critics probably said wives are just expensive toys for entertainment and most wives in the harem are just modified versions of harlots. 😉

    And the rest is history.

    2. You write: Reality about app store is 90% of the apps suck (I use an iPod touch).

    So what?

    Even if 90% of Apps suck, you’re still on a strong wicket because iPhone/iPod touch has 425,000 apps and iPad has 90,000 apps.

    3. Best as we know, TouchPad does not even support Netflix.

    • முனிAndy   August 22, 2011 at 10:16 am

      I have received order confirmation from 30 minutes ago, but now the site says “Out of stock

      But I was too trigger happy that I didn’t notice all the feedback in the comments section. People are getting “unable to process order” some 2 hours after the order.

      I am sure that I wouldn’t lose any money, but looks like BN screwed up 🙂 Will keep refreshing the order status page till I too get the “Unable to process order” message.

      BTW, I also think that you cannot go wrong buying it for 99$. Worst case, it can be used as a web-browser during my soccer-dad duty. I paid 80 bucks for a Discman over 15 years ago.. This toy can do much more than play music.
      People are already working on a “Touch droid” solution.. is down after being flooded by curious geeks. Responds:

      Staples has the 32GB version in stock for $149.

      Store may have 16GB version too.

  7. satheeshway   August 22, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    This inventory liquidation procedure of hp could make a prospective buyer of iPad to postpone his purchase as he ll expect another round of sale by hp.

    May be he’ll wait for other idiots to offer their tablets for $99 (ultimate destiny for non iPad makers).

    Apple will win this war in the long run like what happened in mp3 players vs iPod.

    PS: $99 Touchpad is like an affair, iPad marriage is postponed 😉 Responds:

    True, there could be a hit to iPad sales in the short-term.

    But we doubt it’ll be anything significant because the TouchPad inventory is likely less than a million units worldwide. We’d guess no more than 500,000-750,000.

    Remember, Apple sold 9.3 million iPads in the last quarter alone.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login