Harvey Norman has said that its stores will be liquidating HP TouchPad stock, slashing the prices that will now start from $98.
(Credit: CNET Australia)
Harvey Norman general manager of Computers Ben McIntosh told ZDNet Australia today that all franchisees around Australia would liquidate the 16GB model for $98, down from $495, while the 32GB model would retail for $148, down from $599. The devices will ship with a full 12-month warranty.
McIntosh added that all franchisees will also sell HP accessories for half price.
"These will go until we're completely sold out," McIntosh said this afternoon, adding that the devices were cheaper than those offered in the fire sale held by Best Buy and HP in the US.
"The prices of $98 and $148 for 16GB and 32GB is better, once you factor in exchange rates, than American consumers are getting. It's a fantastic deal," he told ZDNet Australia.
Harvey Norman had originally suspended the sale of the HP TouchPad over the weekend until it could hold further discussions with HP Australia. McIntosh wouldn't say what HP had offered Harvey Norman in the meeting.
The fire sale comes after HP announced last week that it would can its webOS operations and stop producing TouchPads.