Sites crash as consumers scramble for HP Touchpad superdeal

Stampede for a bargain as HP TouchPads go for £89.99 - get in quick!

A host of big name websites have been reduced to a crawl (or have bombed out altogether) as frenzied bargain hunters scramble to pick up a HP Touchpad tablet at an astonishingly cheap ‘firesale’ price.

HP 9.7-inch webOS TouchPad arrives with dual core CPU and Touchstome support

With the price of the high end tablet now starting as low as £99, this really is an incredible deal, and the surge in traffic has seen sites like being  knocked completely offline, while others struggle to keep up with demand.

The popular site was forced to go down for ‘maintenance’, displaying this message for a period:

We are sorry but the secure area of the website is currently offline for important maintenance. You may continue browsing the website and adding products to your basket but we cannot currently process your order. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause you and rest assured we will be back online shortly.

Please bear with us, your patience is greatly appreciated.

Although some users have reported success in buying the tablet once they’ve got on to a seller’s site, many have found ‘sold out’ messages, with others saying, ‘On order, stock delayed.’

It’s a frustrating business though: Expansys have just went from ‘in stock’ to ‘no stock’ in a matter of minutes.

Still worth trying

Quite a few sites – like Argos, Misco and – are still showing the tablet at the original price, so it’s worth checking back as the price will come down eventually.

We’re still trying ourselves – so good luck!

Update 15:06 Tues 23rd Aug – in stock, no discount announced yet – in stock but still no big discount – in stock, no discount yet
Expansys – in stock, no news on price drop – rumoured price drop at 4pm
Crescent Electronics – massive stock strangely went to zero – out of stock
Pixmania – ‘Temporarily’ out of stock
BT Shop – out of stock – out of stock
Staples – out of stock – out of stock for delivery
Carphone Warehouse – out of stock
Comet – out of stock
eBuyer – out of stock
Best Buy – out of stock – out of stock
Lambdatek – out of stock
Techdepot – out of stock – out of stock – out of stock
Kikatek – out of stock – out of stock

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