U.S. Best Buy Stores Drop HP TouchPad, HP Offers Refunds

August 22, 2011 -

Best Buy has decided (in the wake of HP’s TouchPad fire sale and the WebOS debacle) that it won’t be available in stores in the U.S. It was revealed on Friday that the top electronics retailer planned to ship its remaining stock of devices using the OS back to HP. While those looking for a deal on the HP tablet for around $100 in the U.S. will be disappointed, Canadian Best Buys offered it over the weekend. VentureBeat’s Regina Sinsky talked to an unnamed Best Buy manager on Friday who admitted that the company never had plans to sell the tablet below $300 in the US.

HP is supposedly offering refunds to current TouchPad owners who bought the tablet on its website for the full price of the tablet or the difference in the discounted fire sale prices, according to WebOSroundup.

Best Buy has added a page detailing its TouchPad return policy, offering returns on the tablet and refunds for up to 60 days. The retailer also made it clear that it won’t be matching TouchPad prices from other stores.

On a related note, a group of coders are taking advantage of the Tablet's price drop, with plans to convert the WebOS device into an Android device. According to this C|Net report, a group calling themselves the TouchDroid team, have set up on the RootzWiki forums with the goal of porting Android onto the Touchpad. The device has been selling out everywhere since HP announced its liquidation prices of $99 for the 16GB model, $149 for the 32GB. More details on this interesting project can be found here.

Source: VentureBeat

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