Phew! My HP TouchPad Order Was Canceled - TheStreet

BOSTON (TheStreet) -- I purchased a Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) - Get Report TouchPad at a fire-sale price Sunday. By Monday, I was lamenting the decision. And now I'm off the hook.

Buyers who managed to nab a discontinued HP TouchPad have been alerted today by retailers such as

Best Buy

(BBY) - Get Report

and

Barnes and Noble

(BKS) - Get Report

that stock has been depleted and not all orders can be fulfilled.

Much to my chagrin,

Amazon.com

(AMZN) - Get Report

emailed me earlier today to inform me that the 32-gigabyte HP TouchPad I ordered as a cheap holiday gift for my mom, the same one I felt immediate regret for buying, wouldn't be shipped as promised.

"Our sellers strive to minimize canceled orders. We're sorry for the inconvenience this has caused," the canned email from Amazon reads. The Internet retailer then asked me to search for the item again on its Web site. Other Internet orders from

Best Buy

(BBY) - Get Report

and

Barnes & Noble

(BKS) - Get Report

have also been canceled,

according to several reports

, leaving buyers who thought they got the dead-in-the-water tablet for the rock-bottom price to scour brick-and-mortar stores for any remaining stock.

After complaining about paying $150 for a $600 device -- and being criticized by commenters for my lack of real "reporting" -- I'm more than happy to see the order was canceled and I'm not on the hook for a tablet that I'm not sure my mom would've enjoyed. Others who also had their orders for the TouchPad canceled are not nearly as forgiving as I am.

"Yes, folks, my doorstop -- erm, TouchPad -- order was canceled, too," wrote Twitter user

@philnickinson

. "Pretty devastated my TouchPad orders were canceled," Twitter user

@Its_Ala

tweeted.

I've already professed my love for the

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

iPad 2 and have been given plenty of grief for it. So, please, readers, let me know what tablets I should seriously consider as a holiday gift for my mother, who still refuses to take the Apple plunge.

-- Written by Robert Holmes in Boston

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