Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone, but sales of Hewlett-Packard's
According to All Things D, big-box electronics retailer Best Buy
Allegedly, the retailer is so distraught that it's even asking HP to take them back and that HP has sent a senior executive to smooth things over and discuss the matter further. This comes just before HP's quarterly earnings release on Thursday. Your guess is as good as mine about how much detail the company will divulge about TouchPad sales.
To an extent, HP's erratic pricing behavior has exacerbated things. Since the tablet's launch on July 1 for $500, the doomed device saw heavy discounts offering it for as low as $385 roughly a month later. Next, the price was permanently cut by 20% to $400. For the few potential TouchPad buyers out there, these unpredictable price changes give them an incentive to wait and see whether the price drops further, which hurts sales further, which may lead to more price drops... you get the picture. It's kind of like deflation, but only with TouchPads.
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