Best Buy in Canada is presently selling the 16 GB TouchPad for $99.99, compared to its previous price of $399.99. The 32 GB version of the device has had its price cut from $499.99 to $149.99. The site notes that the sale ends August 22.
The newly lowered prices are not yet widespread on U.S. retailers’ websites. At the time of writing, a visit to BestBuy.com indicated that both versions of the HP TouchPad are selling for their standard retail prices. As of 10:43 p.m. ET, prices on stateside Amazon.com momentarily dropped to $100 for the 16 GB TouchPad and $149.99 for the 32 GB TouchPad. However, the devices’ prices now seem to be bumped back up to $299.99 and $399.99 respectively, with Amazon claiming that only one or two of each TouchPad is left in stock.
According to PreCentral.net, HP reportedly sent a memo to its affiliates, saying that the company would be lowering its price for the TouchPad on Saturday, August 20. The memo seems to have included the $99 and $149 price points, according to PreCentral.net. If reports of the memo are true, it seems some retailers decided to get a slight head start by lowering prices Friday.
The HP TouchPad’s liquidation, as well as the HP announcement regarding the shuttering of webOS operations, comes approximately a month and a half after the device originally went on sale.