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HP swears this is it: the end, the final, never-to-be-repeated, absolutely the last time: but there will be just one more production run of TouchPads for punters that missed out on cheap-as-chips deals when it killed off the unloved fondleslab.

When retailers cut the price to shift the just-launched end-of-life stock, TouchPads suddenly acquired the sort of shopper response that vendors dream about, with queues out the door. A product that couldn’t buy friends at a $399 price tag suddenly found itself on everybody’s want-list at $99.

The company blogged that the response was “stunning”, and while it doesn’t know how long its final run will take to hit the shelves, there will be one last chance to queue for an abandoned product running an orphan operating system, with a limit of one per person.

Response to even that mild announcement seems to have caught HP by surprise. Elsewhere on the blog, it complains that heavy traffic has whacked its sign-on page out of service.

Play this right, people, and you could farewell the TouchPad for years … ®

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