$100 HP instant rebate + $100 Staples coupon = $300 TouchPad! 201
It’s been a month since the HP TouchPad was released, and you’ve been holding off on the purchase. Well, this weekend might be the time you want to pounce, because we’re seeing a perfect storm of discounts at Staples. As we mentioned earlier, Staples has a coupon for the TouchPad good for $100 off the TouchPad. HP is also offering a $100 instant rebate on the TouchPad. These discounts are available for both the 16GB and 32GB TouchPads, and Staples, the awesome new entrants to the tablet market that they are – will let you combine them to the tune of $200 off - a deal that several of our readers have reported taking advantage of.
That’s a 32GB TouchPad for $399.99, or a 16GB TouchPad for – wait for it - $299.99. Three. Hundred. Dollars.
There’s been a lot of crying and moaning about how this is a sign that the TouchPad has failed. No, it’s not – this is standard HP practice for almost all of their products. You can go to HP.com right now and see discounts up to $90 on monitors, $150 on printers, $250 on laptops, and $300 on desktops. HP uses the list price as their base point and constantly offers discounts across their product line. Even premium laptops like their Envy series are occasionally discounted. HP, unlike Apple, also allows third party retailers to offer their own discounts on products.
In short, a $200 weekend-long discount on the TouchPad does not spell doom.
Update: We've heard back from a few some Staples locations aren't honoring the deal. If you're looking to buy, we recommend calling ahead.