HP Offers Refund to European Touchpad, Pre3 Buyersby Andrew Cunningham on September 14, 2011 5:25 PM EST
The HP Touchpad's troubled saga continues: the company's European arm is now offering partial refunds to anyone who brought the tablet at anything other than the bargain-basement fire sale price. The refund is for the difference between that clearance price and the price that the buyer originally paid, and the same courtesy is also being extended to buyers of the Pre3 smartphone, which never made it to the US.
Some retailers, like Best Buy in the US, have already been offering similar partial refunds to anyone who bought the Touchpad before HP pulled the plug, but others (including Amazon) have referred unhappy buyers to HP itself. This gesture should help to ameliorate any remaining ill will generated by the Touchpad and Pre3's quick discontinuation.
At this time, there's no word on whether HP is planning on extending this offer to the US or other territories.