By now most people have heard of the fire sale for HP Touchpad tablets, right?
Let’s start with the summary. HP creates a tablet to try to rival iPads and others on the market, after a short seven week run, HP decided to kill the tablet and its inventory shot down to $100 per tablet. So… here comes the rush to get a discontinued model that originally retailed at $499.
Starting late Friday and Saturday, the frenzy began and local stores sold out quickly. I had been reading about the price drop and thought… hmmm… that could be convenient. My journey began.
Sunday morning, El Partner and I scour the Best Buys and Office Max and RadioShack and nothing. Sold out. So I kept an eye open and in a comment on an article, someone found one online at Barnes & Noble. Jackpot! I order three (because I am one of the nicest sisters ever, I ordered for my brothers too). I chirpily skipped along thinking – ha! got me a portable blog writing machine at a massive discount. At 3am I am talking to my techie friends and they order too. 24 hours later, B&N writes me to tell me my order has been canceled. Darn! Friend one says – what do you mean yours got canceled. Bam, 2 minutes later he writes that his was canceled also. Friend two tells me later his was canceled too. The techie friends of la Fregada are sad because they were dreaming of new tablets to hack and swap and switch and experiment with.
Meanwhile, brothers up North are saying, “We will search also, oh frugal sister, because we too are more elbow than wallet (Mexican expression meaning tightwad).” They scour the stores and even though they are not far from each other, one finds them but they sell only one per customer. Older brother gets to buy one, younger brother arrives just a few seconds late. Ni modo. (FYI – mom is in no hurry since she has an iPad – chiflada!)
Friend 2 calls on Wednesday (shortly after the ATT service failure that had stranded su servidora but that is a different story) and said “word on the street is that new shipments are heading to Best Buy – one at 1pm and the other at 5pm.” I am so there, I tell Friend 2.
Yes, readers, 5 minutes to 1pm, I was at Best Buy on Monarch. I approach tall pony-tailed Best Buy guy and ask if any Touchpads have come in. Alas, he says, you are so SOL. We only get stuff on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. He turned out to be… not a truth teller.I was texting back and forth with Friend 2 when he says, “ask for this SKU but ask someone different.” Good lesson. Different employees give different responses. Other Best Buyer said there would be a ticket system for purchasing but they wouldn’t be released until 5pm but I could start making a line.
It was the middle of the day, I wasn’t prepared. I run home, grab something to eat, make sure I have enough money in my card, prep my work to finish and head back over to Best Buy.Guess what – I end up being #21 in line. From 3:10 to 5:00pm, I patiently waited in line, heard all the grumbling, worked on reconciling my records (glad I can work pretty much anywhere) and watched as a few people tried to line jump.
I met a nice man who told me about his UFO witnessing experiences (apparently this is more common that I imagined). I ask those around me how they knew to come – all of them were there because of word of mouth. Interesting how information travels. Friend #2 finally arrived with his sister and niece. Now it was getting to be more pleasant with friendlier faces around me.
So the clock struck 5:00pm and the “tickets” were finally passed out – check it out:
Finally, SUCCESS!! After days of hunting and a few hours of patiently waiting, I now have my very own discontinued Touchpad to take here and there and everywhere. And quit telling me that it won’t have support and won’t have updates – I know that very well. There is where my techie friends come in, to help me through the rough patches or to tell me to give it up. I won’t be doing complicated tasks with it, I will simply be blogging like I am today. Yay to my first blog post from a tablet!! And yay to the fun of “the hunt” which El Partner can’t stand but I loved the challenge.
Final note to fellow blogger Critters & Crayons – as you distance yourself further from technology, I am going in the opposite direction. But when we see each other, I will be sure all my gadgets are turned off and you have my 100% attention :).