Most models are discontinued the day you see them in the store. Here's how most of the industry works.
A model is created and the production order is made. The "lot" (even if the base unit of a CTO) is made, put into the container and shipped out. NEVER TO BE PRODUCED AGAIN.
Dell is a little different with CTO (configure to order) and HP has chased CTO for years but once the stock is gone, it's over.
Nothing new here but some consumers are dazed when they learn how this works even when they buy cars that are discontinued year after year!
Just bought a Pavilion HPE500z CTO desktop w/6 gb ram & 1TB drive. Got it last Thurs & it's already on its way back to HP. When doing the file transfer from my Vista machine (also HP) to the new one, it put all the transfer files on the Recovery D:\ drive! And of course I ended up with the constant dread Low Disk Space. Was on the phone with HP techs for 3 days - they kept telling me to do the same thing over & over & never did figure out what was wrong. Finally they escalated my call to a Case Manager who informed me that the HPE500z is due to be discontinued next week, June 14th! I asked why I wasn't told this when I ordered the PC 2 weeks ago & she said "well I guess they should have told you." Needless to say I demanded immediate refund, which they gave me, & I mailed the defective one back.
I just wonder how often this happens. Sell a unit due for discontinuation in a couple weeks & pocket the full price!