MAKER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INK HP put its Touchpad back on sale on its web site on Friday, but at full price.
The move angered consumers who were hoping to see another flash sale like the one this week that saw the devices going for as little as £89.
The tablet appeared on the HP web site on Friday afternoon, priced at £399.
Earlier on Friday, The INQUIRER reported that cut price HP Touchpads and Palm Pre 3 smartphones would not go on sale in Europe, despite earlier hints to the contrary.
The INQUIRER visited the Palm Eurostore web site on Friday morning after HP promised a 10am update about both devices on Thursday.
The HP Touchpad update on the Palm Eurostore indicated that it had thought there were more Touchpads coming, but it was then told by HP that actually, they weren't. The update said, "A decision, wholly outside of our control, has been made which meant that this expectation will not now be met.
"This decision means that we can no longer obtain any inventory of these products. Therefore, regretfully, we have no alternative but to cancel your order for these products and to process a full and complete refund of your money."
We visited the Palm Eurostore after the Touchpad went on sale at the HP web site this afternoon, but the Touchpad was still listed as 'sold out'.
What HP is up to is beyond us, although we can say that whatever it is, it isn't gaining the maker of expensive printer ink any fans.
HP has told customers trying to buy the Touchpad on its website at full price that the device went back on sale in error.
The gaffe has angered customers who were eager to get hold of a Touchpad, whatever the cost.
We'd advise Touchpad enthusiasts to get on to Ebay. You'll pay through the roof compared to HP's fire sale prices last week, but you might manage to get one that runs Android. µ
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