We have been hearing from contacts at retail stores that the BlackBerry PlayBook is selling very well with its current $199 price point. Today is Cyber Monday and I am sure even more of these devices are going to be flying off shelves but there is an interesting development happening. Electronista noticed that Best Buy has removed the BlackBerry PlayBook models from their website right before Cyber Monday (Today) even though the promotion is supposed to go until December 3rd. The odd thing is their PlayBook page redirects to their BlackBerry smartphone page now at www.bestbuy.com/playbook.
There are also Best Buy customers reporting that orders are being dropped even if the order is already charged and ready. The Best Buy forums suggest that they may be “overextended” whatever that means though we have heard RIM has tons of PlayBooks in their channels. Stores like OfficeMax and Staples also have the PlayBooks in limited stock or only certain models.
Its hard to guess exactly what is happening but we will reach out to RIM to see what they have to say! Either way you can still pick one up for the same price or lower directly from RIM.