Aug 31 2011

HP Won’t Appreciate the Irony…

…but you may!

One of my readers in Australia forwarded this picture to me.

A bit of background might be in order. Apparently the bargain hunter feeding frenzy on the HP Touchpad was mirrored in Australia when the prices were lowered at the Harvey Norman (sort of the Australian Best Buy equivalent) to $148 and $98 on the Touchpad 32 Gig and 16 Gig respectively.

According to my well placed source the HN “sold out in an hour and had people from all over Australia ringing for them.”

So, days later to stumble across that sign with the original price advertised (as you can see below) when they had already been knocked down, stacked up and blown out was ironic.

What is not so obvious to the less sharp-eyed in my audience is the positioning of this particular advertisement.

Maybe it will be a bit more clear if we zoom out for a better view.

Yup, you may have guessed it. Right out in front of the Sydney Apple store! Now the poignancy of the irony becomes clear.

HP’s 15 minutes of tablet fame have been purchased at the expense of a 76% discount and the complete conviction of those of us in the watching public that their management has absolutely no clue what to do with webOS.

I suppose it is fitting that the HP ad is left waiting at an empty bus stop and if you look closely at the first picture you can see one more thing.

Mary Poppins flying in the reflection of the Apple Store window. To quote her in this instance,”Our first game is called Well Begun is Half-Done.”

Or in HP’s case “Poorly begun is already done!” Anyone want to buy an OS for cheap? We will package it with a spoonful of sugar!

Special thanks to Helen and Russ!

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