If you’ve already pre-ordered the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer through Target and are waiting for the Android Stork to drop that baby on your porch – don’t get your hopes up. We’ve gotten several reports from readers claiming Target sent them an E-Mail indicating their pre-order is cancelled, citing inability to procure the device from their suppliers. We’ve got yet to verify, but enough tips have come in that we’re pretty confident it’s true.
This could be great news for ASUS if Target’s cancellation is due to demand largely outpacing supply with retail channels getting their stock units axed. Unfortunately, we learned yesterday that it’s more likely to a component shortage – ASUS doesn’t have the supplies they need to MAKE the darn things. I’m sorry to say that “sure thing” pre-order is good for nothing and you’ve either got to fight your way to finding another Transformer elsewhere or set your sights on something else.
Feel free to bitch about it in the ASUS Forum. We’ve got word into Target asking about details and will report back with anything of substance.
UDPATE: Here is the e-mail users are receiving
Thank you for shopping at Target.com.
Unfortunately, the following item is not currently available from any of our sources.
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 10.1″ Android Tablet (TF101-A1) with 16GB Hard Drive, 1GB Memory – Black/Brown
We have cancelled this item from your order.
To view the current status and the costs associated with your order, please visit My Account (http://www.target.com/my-account).
Because you only pay for items when we ship them to you, your credit card has not been charged for this item.
Thank you for being a valued Guest. We hope you visit us again.
Guest Service Department
UPDATE 2: Although some reports have said that the email may have been an error as on-site orders are still showing as “open”, our original tipster has chimed back in to let us know the status on his order at Target’s website is listed as the following: “This order has been cancelled.” That doesn’t sound good. Let’s hope this is just a slight hiccup for one of the most sought-after tablets to launch this year.