UPDATE: cjterminator pointed out that Staples in the US is still selling the device for $299. Sorry for the mix up!
RIM clearly confirmed before that the BlackBerry PlayBook price drops at certain retailers was a holiday promotion and not a price reduction. Mac over @PocketBerry noticed that RIM’s words are now starting to come true. Best Buy
and Staples in the USA have all brought their prices back to $499 for the 16GB model and upwards. Office Depot in the US is still holding true with their $299 price point that goes until October 15th. I am not sure why they decided to raise the price back up now but that is not the case yet up north.