After announcing that they will no longer sell the discontinued HP TouchPad Best Buy has resumed sales of the device while warning customers that the tablet will not be supported or warrantied by the company.
The move comes after HP pushed the cost of the 16GB version down to just $99 and the 32 GB version to $149, price cuts of $300 or more depending on the unit chosen.
Reversing their sales decision Best Buy said on Sunday:
“Due to HP’s decision to discontinue its TouchPad product, Best Buy® will now provide clearance pricing for all TouchPad 16GB and 32GB models (SKUs 2842056, 2842092) regardless of previously advertised prices or promotions.”
Not wanting customers who purchased the devices months ago to feel slighted Best Buy says they will refund the devices in full or offer checks for the difference in pricing those customers paid compared to the new clearance pricing.
At this time it’s still unclear if new apps will be released for WebOS or if HP will offer proper support for the units, that’s why Best Buy has laid out the following purchaser conditions:
- Best Buy will not accept customer returns or exchanges on clearance-priced TouchPads bought through any Best Buy channel.
- Customers purchasing a TouchPad at clearance pricing will have a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty, fulfilled directly through HP, not Best Buy.
- Customers who purchased the 16GB or 32GB TouchPad after June 19 may come into the store to get either a full refund or a refund of the difference between the price they paid and the clearance price.
- Quantities are strictly limited. Limit 1 per customer. Best Buy cannot guarantee availability of inventory at this pricing at any particular Best Buy location or channel.
Are you willing to pick up an HP TouchPad when the devices future is so uncertain?