HP TouchPad tablet liquidation begins

Resellers are launching fire sales for HP TouchPads, with prices cratering to as low as $99.

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The $99 tablet has arrived. Hewlett-Packard TouchPads are being liquidated--at least at some Canadian retailers, in the wake of HP's announcement yesterday that it is shuttering the WebOS device business.

Prices have dropped off a cliff to $99.99 for the 16GB model and $149.99 for the 32GB version, according to a post at PreCentral.net.

HP TouchPad fire sale at Best Buy in Canada.
HP TouchPad fire sale at Best Buy in Canada. Best Buy Canada

A quick check at Best Buy in Canada shows TouchPads at these prices.

The same can't be said for stateside Best Buy, however. As of today, Best Buy in the U.S. was showing standard pricing. And anecdotal reports in the U.S. seem to bear this out.

Of course, consumers may pause even at these prices: You're buying into a defunct HP hardware platform. That said, there was a very limited production run of the TouchPad and it may have value as a novelty item, right next to an IBM PCjr.

Update, August 20, 9 a.m. PDT: HP's U.S. site is now showing the TouchPad for $99 and $149, though it appears to be out of stock as of Saturday. Other retailers such as Target are also showing it out of stock.