On Sunday, Hewlett Packard revived its earlier $99 tablet fire sale with a special sale via its eBay store. The sale was only announced in an internal memo to HP employees, but that memo was leaked to TechCrunch, which published the details.
HP employees had the first shot at each TouchPad model when the sale began at 4 p.m. PST. The sale was soon opened to the general public. The $99 16 GB TouchPad sold out within minutes, according to Matt Burns of TechCrunch, but the $149 32 GB TouchPad models lasted a couple of hours longer. All TouchPads sold in this latest sale were refurbished, which may mean they were returns from the last couple of sales.
Here's a look at the numbers to help put things in perspective:
2: Models of HP TouchPad available for purchase in the eBay sale. Burns reported "there were several SKUs for each [sic] the 16GB and 32GB," but an eBay search of completed listings only shows one 16 GB model that HP sold and two separate sales for the same 32 GB SKU.
2,316: $99 HP TouchPads sold in the sale, with 16 GBs of flash memory.
5,534: $149 HP TouchPads, with 32 GBs of memory, that were sold.
7,850: TouchPad sales altogether.
3.8: Percent of those TouchPad tablet sales that might have been returned, refurbished and sold in the eBay sale.
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Jared Spurbeck is an open-source software enthusiast, who uses an Android phone and an Ubuntu laptop PC. He has been writing about technology and electronics since 2008.
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