If you’re like us, you’re ready and primed to get your mitts on the last remaining HP TouchPads around. Except that you can’t find any anywhere. We’ve heard plenty of “my Best Buy rep said” stories, but nothing that we could put any stock into. Until today. This morning, HP posted an official FAQ on the future of TouchPad orders, and as FAQs are wont to do, it provided some answers.
First and foremost, HP expects to have more information on TouchPad availability “in the next few days,” and even then they’re still up in the air “about whether or not more will be available.” Those of you that signed up for an email notification of availability should be watching your inbox like a hawk, as HP intends to send out all notification emails at the same time. The questionable nature of the TouchPad’s availability leads us to believe that if HP gets more TouchPads, they won’t have a lot. In order to avoid any more crushed dreams than absolutely necessary, HP’s gone so far as to remove the ‘Notify Me’ button from the TouchPad page, instead giving this message:
We have received an overwhelming number of requests to be notified if the TouchPad is again available for sale. As a result, we have turned off the ability to be notified. We will have more information on product availability shortly. The most current information will be provided here. Those who signed up for notification will also be receiving an email as soon as we have more information to share.
Adding fuel to the limited availability fire, HP plans to implement a one-per-person order system when the time comes. The idea is to inhibit scalpers from grabbing them for cheap and then reselling on eBay for a few hundred dollars. Availability at other retailers and even HP’s international branches is expected to fall somewhere between limited and zero. So if you’re wanting a TouchPad, here’s hoping you managed to sign up for that notification already, because it seems that HP.com is going to be the only source for future TouchPads.