HP (briefly) sells TouchPads at higher prices; feeler for a future market? [UPDATE: It's back!] 113
Very early this morning, the HP direct sales Web site put up the 32 GB TouchPad for sale for a short time. This was notable for a few reasons. First, it was not announced by HP's @Paul_for_HP or @BrynaAtHP, the two HPers who have said they will let folks know when (and if) the restocked TouchPad firesale begins. Second, it was not at the long-standing $150 firesale price; instead, HP offered (and apparently sold) the 32 GB TouchPad by itself, not in any accessory bundle, for $249.99 (a $100 rise).
While this could have been some kind of glitch in the site, we are wondering whether it was in fact a kind of trial balloon to test the market for a higher-priced TouchPad. Perhaps the new CEO, as part of her effort to "explore options to optimize the value of webOS software," is also exploring whether HP could go back into the webOS hardware business at a pricepoint that, if not hugely profitable, would at least largely cover costs and further grow the market for that valuable webOS software. It could, though, just be a test of whether the 100,000-200,000 new TouchPads being built could be successfully sold at the higher pricepoint.
Either way, we're always in favor of more TouchPads coming to market, especially from HP itself. It can only help boost the effort to save our platform.
UPDATE: The 32GB TouchPad has returned to stock (for how long, we don't know), with the above discussed price tag of $249.99. Go get 'em while they're hot!