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Currys, PC World and Dixons to sell HP TouchPad for £89 in rush to ditch stock

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UK customers looking to get their hands on a cheap HP TouchPad will be pleased to hear that Dixons Group, which owns Currys and PC World, will begin selling the device from £89 in an effort to ditch its stock.

Mark Webb, an employee at Dixons Group, confirmed on his Twitter page that the 16GB TouchPad will sell for £89 and the 32GB TouchPad from £115 at 6pm online on Monday and from Tuesday morning in the retailer's high street stores.

The move comes after US retailer Best Buy slashed the price of the TouchPad to just $99, around £60, after HP confirmed that it will not produce any more of the devices and is looking to sell off its hardware division.

Currently only Amazon has made any notable discount to the tablet in the UK, dropping the price from £399 to £312, but the fire sale at Dixons Group underlines just how keen retailers are to get rid of the tablet.

The rush for TouchPads in the US is likely to be mirrored in the UK as consumers unwilling to splash out on an iPad take advantage of the low prices to get their hands on what was a well thought of tablet.

No manufacturer has managed to challenge Apple in the tablet market, as devices retailing at the same price as the iPad often lack the build quality, applications and brand appeal of the Apple tablet.

 

 

22 Aug 2011

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