It’s another fire sale for the HP TouchPad, as Best Buy and TigerDirect are both offering bundled deals for the webOS tablet.
Since Tuesday Best Buy has been offering a 32GB TouchPad for $149 with the purchase of a PC on its website. However the offer launches in stores today, while supplies last. Customers who buy a Compaq laptop, desktop or all-in-one computer will be given the option to purchase the TouchPad, though the 16GB device is no longer available. The offer excludes netbooks, as well as computers purchased on the BestBuy.com Marketplace, and refurbished models or devices bought from a Best Buy outlet center.
Meanwhile, TigerDirect will begin offering a TouchPad bundle for $280, starting at 2:30 p.m. EST. The bundle includes a 32GB HP TouchPad, a Belkin 10.1-inch tablet case, a Belkin FlipBlade tablet stand, Creative Labs D80 Bluetooth speakers and an HP 16GB USB Flash drive. Though the deal will only be available on TigerDirect’s website, as the company’s call center does not have access to TouchPad inventory.
TigerDirect made the announcement about the deal to prepare consumers who are clamoring to get the webOS tablet. The company expects to sell out of its inventory within 5 or 10 minutes of the sale. However, TigerDirect claimed to be working hard to get more TouchPads to offer future bundles.
In September, HP promised consumers that a second batch of TouchPads would be released, after the $99 fire sale cleared out most retailers’ inventory of the tablet. Yet, last week HP officially sold out of tablets.