Barring new life as a modded Android device or relaunched Windows 8 tablet, HP's TouchPad is damn near obsolete. Be that as it may, there's still plenty of interest in a full-sized (9.7 inches) tablet with modern hardware at fire sale prices, and developers who want to get their hands on one without paying inflated eBay and/or CraigsList prices have yet another avenue to consider.
HP announced the return of its Developer Device Purchase Program for the TouchPad. For a limited time, registered developers in the U.S., Canada, and Europe will be able to purchase a 32GB TouchPad for $149.99 (USD) in the U.S. and Canada, €150 in Europe (includes VAT), and £130 in the U.K. (includes VAT).
The offer is good while supplies last, and developer requests for purchase coupons must be received no later than Friday, November 18th, 2011 to be considered. In reality, waiting that long will probably be too late, as these things fly off the shelves at discounted price levels.
TigerDirect on Friday began selling a 32GB TouchPad bundle for $280 that, along with the tablet, also included a Belkin 10.1-inch case, Belkin FlipBlade tablet stand, Creative Labs D80 Bluetooth speakers, and HP 16GB USB flash drive. That sale began at 2:30pm ET and when we refreshed the page at 2:34pm, it was already sold out.
If you're not a developer and missed out on TigerDirect's bundle deal, there's still one more option before resorting to second hand resellers. Best Buy is selling discounted 32GB TouchPad devices for $150, albeit with the purchase of a qualifying HP or Compaq system.