Feeds

Piles of unshiftable HP fondle-slabs choke Best Buy

Staff can't get about in stores as 'OuchPads' stack up

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Crates of HP fondleslabs are mounting up stateside at Best Buy as it emerged the retailer has shifted less than one-tenth of its 270,000 strong unit order.

Evidence is mounting that HP's shiny slate, dubbed the OuchPad in the US, is failing to capture the attention of shoppers on both sides of the Atlantic, as indicated by shipment figures for Europe earlier this week.

According to All Things Digital, Best Buy flogged 25,000 of the devices – not factoring returns into the stats – and is trying to clear some square footage in its stores by asking HP to take some back and knock a bit off its bill.

News of the issue has reached the upper echelons of HP's personal systems group, with boss Todd Bradley due to meet with Best Buy to figure the best way resolve the situation: maybe he'll roll up his sleeves and hit the sales floor.

Other US retailers – including Wal-Mart, Micro Center and Fry's Electronics – are also facing the same dilemma, despite a series of price cuts.

Closer to home, HP sold 12,000 units in UK channels during July – 15,000 in western Europe – but this dropped to just 100 units in the first week of this month, Context data revealed.

HP Europe dropped prices this week by low double digits, but this is not nearly enough to prise Apple fanbois away from the iPad.

Anecdotal evidence points to distributors sitting on a load of HP tablets, so further price cuts may be inevitable. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.