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    Exclamation Playbook sale through Staples 50% off 2 days only

    All orders must be US bill to and also ship to. Any orders other than those will not be put through.

    Ok everyone here is the latest information that I have from my Staples Advantage representative.

    -Orders will be taken via phone on September 7th and 8th and they will be FIRST come FIRST serve basis. If order is taken and stock runs out you will not be charged.

    -All orders that have not already been taken will have to be placed on a FIRST come FIRST serve basis on September 7th and 8th.
    -All orders must ship to a US address and will require a signature and must be paid by a credit card when order is placed.
    -They will have access to each model 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, they just don't know how many in stock of each.
    -Unknown quantity of each will be available.
    -There is no limit on the quantity that you may order.

    PM me and i'll forward you the contact information. I am asking that everyone please refrain from re-posting contact information. If contact information is passed on from me the sales representative will do their best to accomodate those orders.

    Just received a e-mail form my internal sales rep from Staples. 50% off Playbook 2 days only September 7th and 8th.

    16GB
    Sku: 927826
    Current Price: $499.00
    Two-day Promotional Price: $249.00

    32GB
    Sku: 320997
    Current Price: $599.00
    Two-day Promotional Price: $299.00

    64GB
    Sku: 320998
    Current Price: $699.00
    Two-day Promotional Price: $349.00

    While supplies last.

    Does this mean that there is a new Playbook coming. Seems to me that this is being done to reduce inventory? New models coming? Something else.....
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    I just checked their website and there is only a $100 discount being offered. New model or not I would be all over the Playbook for 50% off. Any suggestions on how we can get that discount?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevepca View Post
    I just checked their website and there is only a $100 discount being offered. New model or not I would be all over the Playbook for 50% off. Any suggestions on how we can get that discount?
    absolutely! let the new model come, I would like my playbook to still be 7 inches.

    thanks for the info but according to the website at 9:27am, it still "only" offers 100 dollar rebate (which is still pretty decent)

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    Didn't notice you said SEPTEMBER 7th and 8th. Got too excited hehe.
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    The suggestion for inventory reduction is likely. In the first four months RIM announced that 500,000 units were shipped. Some trade analysts reported perhaps only 40-50% were unsold.

    Say, if the 'real' value of the PB is $250: @200,000 units unsold x $250 is 50 million dollars. RIM must have given Staples a promo price just to turn over inventory. I don't think this is a long range strategy nor that an upgrade of OS will occur. If I had 50M stock I would not think to come out with new models unless the old stock was cleaned out.
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    bestbuy is running a $50 to $150 off too
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevepca View Post
    I just checked their website and there is only a $100 discount being offered. New model or not I would be all over the Playbook for 50% off. Any suggestions on how we can get that discount?
    The e-mail came from my inside sales rep @ Staples. We have a business account. I can always ask the sales rep if she wants additional business.

    The e-mail does say "While supplies last, so get your orders in ASAP. Orders will be placed first thing Sept 7th.
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    i wonder if that applies to Canada as well, cause Id love to get another 32gb model
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuIcKsIlV3r View Post
    i wonder if that applies to Canada as well, cause Id love to get another 32gb model
    I'm begining to think about ordering another 64GB myself...... Now if only i could sell my old Bold 9650 with all of the accessories. It would make my purchasing decision a little easier.
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    If this is available in Canada I will definitely be getting one for my wife.
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    I doubt this will be available in Canada. If it is, then I will probably pick up a 64gb unit.

    That being said, I'm interested to know why the sale is happening. Maybe they want to move inventory, but there may also be something else coming down.
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    We have staples in the UK, what are the chances of it being here too?
    Slim as **** i bet.

    My wife wants one now, thinking of 2nd hand of ebay otherwise.
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    I wonder if this was planned way ahead of time, or due to the fact that Samsung has released its Galaxy Tab 7.7, which will obviously directly compete with the PB in terms of size factor.
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    Two theories:

    1- Getting the pb out into the real world by a quick discounted price (kind of mirroring what hp did with its touchpad). More in the real world - more developers might be interested???

    2- Clearing inventory with the 'old' OS so that new pb's in inventory can be stocked with the new os2 (and not a new pb device)

    3- the end of the world (added as an afterthought!)
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    I will buy the 64 GB like i should have the first time.

    I think RIM is trying to get the PlayBook to the masses like the TouchPad did with the fire sale. I know the TouchPad is on its way out and HP's reason for the sale is completely different, but it still did do something, and that is put a TouchPad in the hands of thousands of consumers. If RIM wants to continue with the momentum they have started, they need to get more PlayBook's out there too. They can make money in the AppWorld once we can buy good Android apps from it. This just may be a real smart move from RIM; or another quirky move like in the past. Whatever, I am going to buy me one!

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    I'm down for buying one as well. I was going to get one off ebay, but I'd rather get it here locally at Staples.
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    I think the TouchPad debacle may have something to do with it. Perhaps it's shown that demand is there but the price is too high. More likely though, HP just threw a monkey wrench into the whole market. It kind of reminds me of Monopoly when a player is about to go bankrupt, they make a whole bunch of bargain trades to everyone except the person that put them out. All of a sudden, everything is different. People that wouldn't have a tablet now do; people that were waiting to see which tablet would bring the iPad competition are no longer waiting.

    Also, the tablet market is very young; there may be better ways to make money in it. Perhaps using the approach that game console makers have used for years is the next thing to try. Sell the hardware at a loss or a 'break-even' price, then rely on your licensing to recoup your money. Unfortunately, that would be difficult since the average lifespan of a game console of 5-10 years, where Apple made the lifespan of the tablet computer more in line with that of a cell phone, like 2 years.
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    Dang it I didn't wait long enough. Did get mine with the $100 off though.
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    I don't know if this deal is going to be offered in-store. My e-mail did not state that this sale would be in the retail stores. I have sent off an e-mail asking if this offer will be available in store besides through inside business sales. I'll let you know what I hear back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sta1 View Post
    I don't know if this deal is going to be offered in-store. My e-mail did not state that this sale would be in the retail stores. I have sent off an e-mail asking if this offer will be available in store besides through inside business sales. I'll let you know what I hear back.
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    time to pick one up now..for $250 this thing is almost a good a deal as the touchpad
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    Early adopters get screwed.

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    If those prices are accurate, I will definitely pick up a second 64gb Playbook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nextlevel88 View Post
    I think the TouchPad debacle may have something to do with it. Perhaps it's shown that demand is there but the price is too high. More likely though, HP just threw a monkey wrench into the whole market. It kind of reminds me of Monopoly when a player is about to go bankrupt, they make a whole bunch of bargain trades to everyone except the person that put them out. All of a sudden, everything is different. People that wouldn't have a tablet now do; people that were waiting to see which tablet would bring the iPad competition are no longer waiting.

    Also, the tablet market is very young; there may be better ways to make money in it. Perhaps using the approach that game console makers have used for years is the next thing to try. Sell the hardware at a loss or a 'break-even' price, then rely on your licensing to recoup your money. Unfortunately, that would be difficult since the average lifespan of a game console of 5-10 years, where Apple made the lifespan of the tablet computer more in line with that of a cell phone, like 2 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lawguyman View Post
    Early adopters get screwed.

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    I really hope this isn't true.

    I spent $1,100 on playbooks that I could now buy for $550?

    This is a closeout price.
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