Accessories for HP Co.’s discontinued TouchPad tablet have sold out at U.S. retailers following a clearance sale of the device.
The HP TouchPad Custom Fit Case, which was discounted to as low as $19.00, has sold out at Best Buy Co. Inc. stores, Staples Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Meanwhile, Amazon resellers have held in stock status of HP TouchPad Accessories at regular cost rather than clearance prices due to high demand.
HP this week it will manufacture a limited quantity of TouchPad tablets in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2011, which ends Oct. 31, to meet demand.
The Palo Alto, CA-based company previously said it would end the manufacture of webOS devices in the fourth quarter.
In addition, HP told CNET this week that current TouchPad owners will receive a new software update that will add new functionality to the hardware.
Customers who signed up for an email request notification via HP.com will be updated when availability specifics are available.
HP is considering a spinoff of the Personal Systems Group, which has held as the No. 1 PC business against low net profits.
The discount prompted strong consumer demand at nationwide retailers, including Best Buy Co. Inc., Barnes & Noble Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., all of which have sold out of the device.
Both include a 1.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual-Core CPU, 1GB RAM, and the webOS operating system in a 1.6 lb. device.
Despite powerful specs, the TouchPad held tepid demand at launch.