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HP offering TouchPad refunds to early owners

Early TouchPad adopters can now contact HP for a full refund

With HP discontinuing their TouchPad tablet and burning prices in order to clear inventory, early adopters have been justifiably upset about having paid the full price. Thankfully, HP seems to have taken those concerns to heart, and is now offering refunds to those who purchased the tablet in its early hours of life.

According to HP, customers who purchased the tablet before the fire-sale can contact the company and request a full refund or reimbursement of the price difference. While the offer is currently limited to purchases made directly through HP, the company has supposedly sent a memo to their retail partners asking them to offer the same refunds. Early reports indicate that Best Buy has complied and that Amazon has something in the works, but it is not yet known which retailers have joined the refund party.

The TouchPad was originally sold for up to $599 but was discounted to just $99 after HP announced they would be discontinuing development of the tablet. However, there is hope in sight for TouchPad lovers, as unofficial developers have announced efforts to port Android and Ubuntu to the tablet in an attempt to extend its lifespan. Though a tall task, this wouldn’t be the first time an unofficial support group turned a discontinued product into a success, and hopefully the devs can deliver.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-08-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)