HP offers $50 credit to TouchPad early adopters

Company has caught flak from some customers for dropping the price of the tablet so soon. The credit for HP's App Catalog is available to those who bought the TouchPad in the U.S. between July 1 and August 4.

HP offers $50 app credit for TouchPad early adopters.
HP offers $50 app credit for TouchPad early adopters. HP

Hewlett-Packard is trying to make the sting of paying full price for the TouchPad a bit less painful for early adopters.

Over the weekend, HP announced that it would be offering some customers a $50 credit for the company's application marketplace, the App Catalog. The credit is available to those who bought the TouchPad in the U.S. between July 1 and August 4.

HP's TouchPad has been having difficulty competing against the leader in the tablet space, Apple's iPad. Last week, the company announced that it was offering an " instant rebate " on the TouchPad of $50, dropping the price of the tablet down to $449.99 and $549.99 for the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively.

That was quickly followed by a $100 discount off the original launch price from Friday to Sunday to help spur demand for its device.

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However, by dropping the price of the tablet, HP caught some flak from customers who were displeased by its decision to drop the price of the TouchPad so soon.

But HP hasn't been the only company trying to put out fires over pricing. Earlier this month, Nintendo apologized to early adopters of its 3DS portable after announcing that it would drop the price of the device from $249.99 to $169.99 starting on August 12. To make it right, Nintendo said that it would offer early adopters 20 free games from its Virtual Console.

HP's App Catalog credit is good through the end of the year. Customers who bought the device before the price cut will receive details in an e-mail from HP on how to use the credit.

 

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