HP TouchPad Sale for $99 Tablets Took eBay Down

HP Tablet SaleThe last of the HP TouchPads were sold on Sunday, December 11, 2011 on HP’s eBay store for $99. It only took minutes for them to be sold out. There was such a flurry for the cheap tablet that it caused eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) to have performance issues and PayPal had issues too and gave error messages when it wasn’t able to complete transactions.

One shopper wrote, “I was in on the HP Touchpad frenzy tonight. Got to the checkout 3 times with a 32GB model and all the way to paypal on the last one. I thought once I got to paypal it was all good, but after pressing confirm, I was then told the item is no longer available. Shouldn’t it one of them have been reserved for me by the time I got to my paypal account? What kind of shoddy operation is this?”

Another shopper wrote about the HP TouchPad sale, “That has to be the stupidest, crappiest policy… It is unfair when your browser is completely stuck and won’t even let you get to your transaction or when you are in the middle of a transaction to have things get taken right out from under you by people who probably just have better internet connections :/ Ebay sucks for this.”

HP made an announcement on Friday that this version of the HP TouchPad tablet would be an open-source WebOS. Although, they were refurbished, customers didn’t care. Having an open-source for the tablet made this $99 sale much more appealing. The HP TouchPad Sale started back in August selling the 16GB for $99 and the 32GB for $149.

According to Information Week there wasn’t many HP TouchPads for sale, “The total is rather pathetic. eBay shows that 2,316 of the $99 16-GB TouchPads and 5,534 of the $149 32-GB models were sold. That’s a total of just 7,850 units.”

HP’s CEO Meg Whitman was asked during an interview with The Verge if HP will use webOS in future hardware, “The answer to that is yes but what I can’t tell you is whether that will be in 2012 or not. But we will use webOS in new hardware, but it’s just going to take us a little longer to reorganize the team in a quite different direction than we’ve been taking it in the past. In the near term what I would imagine–and this could change, in full disclosure–is I would think tablets, I do not believe we will be in the smartphone business again.”


It’s simple, customers want cheap tablets, proven by HP TouchPad and Amazon Kindle Fire. Amazon’s tablet, Kindle Fire, is on the way to the second most popular tablet on the market, even after being only on sale for a few weeks. The Kindle Fire runs on a similar version, but more modified, of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

HP TouchPad features and specs:

  • HP webOS
  • High-speed connectivity(1)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2-GHz processor
  • 9.7-inch diagonal XGA capacitive, multitouch screen with a vibrant, 18-bit color, 1,024 x 768 resolution display
  • The option of either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage(14)
  • High-performance browser with full access to the web, including support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta for access to rich, Flash-based web content(1)
  • Wireless connectivity:
    • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication(1)
    • A-GPS (3G only)(10)
    • Bluetooth® wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
  • Multimedia options, including music, photos, video recording and playback, and a 3.5 mm headset/headphone/microphone jack
    • Internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio
    • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for live video calling(11)
  • Email, including EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers) and personal email support (Google Gmail push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP)(6)
  • Robust messaging support(4)
  • Light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer) and gyroscope
  • Rechargeable 6,300 mAh (typical) battery
  • Micro-USB (Charging and PC Connect) with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Built-in HP Touchstone technology for easy charging (HP Touchstone for TouchPad sold separately) and HP touch-to-share to share web addresses between TouchPad and compatible webOS phones(5)
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 242 mm x 13.7 mm (7.48 inches x 9.53 inches x .54 inches)
  • Weight: approximately 740 g (1.6 pounds)

2 Comments on "HP TouchPad Sale for $99 Tablets Took eBay Down"

  1. ebay sucks. I had the same problem, on at 7pm exactly, with my iphone and CPU, both froze and gave nothing but errors. Ebay does this on purpose I swear. So all their employees and contacts can get stuff like this. I hate ebay. Nothing is every confirmed, varified, or given any actual consideration. It’s all wizard of oz techniques behind curtains no one is able to see. Total garbage.

    I haven’t used Ebay since they booted me for “selling practices against policy” that they cold not confirm nor show evidence of. All it took was some other seller complaining. I provided evidence and everything, and of course the wizard of oz “Wont see nobody not no how!!!” Totallly lost every ounce of resepect I had for the company and service. I have not missed it with Amazon’s marketplace and selling capabilites as well as cragslist. See ya Ebay. I wish everone else would wake up as well.

  2. Even I had the same problem. I added two 16 gb to my cart and went all the way to payment and when I clicked on submit payment I got an error message that the units are not longer available. It was frustrating. I was surprised that ebay website could not handle the load.

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