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  1. EdY's Avatar
    Saw this online today... Staples.ca. However, 16gb out of stock! But the 32gb is AVAILABLE at $149.

    Playbook 32gb $149 at all major retailers (Bestbuy, Staples, Walmart). Many are OUT OF STOCK?

    So the question is, what is going on here???!?? What is the motivation behind the price dropping??? Any ideas??

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9810 using Crackberry Tapatalk Forum app
    09-10-12 03:37 PM
  2. Sprawl's Avatar
    Lack fo confidence by the retailers that RIM will be able to turn around their fortunes and that should RIM vanish, the playbook will go the way of HP's touchpad. An unsupported, undesired device that they can't sell.

    These firesales are just the retailers way of cleaning out their inventory as fast as possible, even if it's at a loss.
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    09-10-12 03:40 PM
  3. JRAtk027's Avatar
    Basic Economics regarding Supply and Demand.
    RIM have no doubt over-produced the Playbook (excess supply) and the Demand in the market is extremely low, given that most people choose to buy the Ipad.
    Excess supply and minimum demand combine to make something which is no short of a miracle for people like me...
    PRICE CUTS!
    Sprawl likes this.
    09-10-12 03:57 PM
  4. asherwiin's Avatar
    They initially paid for/built somewhere around 4,000,000 PB's, then took a big write-down on the inventory when they realized they were not going to sell at close to list price. With time passing, new tablets from competitors on the market with better spec's, etc., it makes sense to get the remaining inventory into the hands of consumers to help build up the critical mass of users in the app eco-system, rather than gather dust on the shelves.
    esk369 likes this.
    09-10-12 04:05 PM
  5. dugggggg's Avatar
    The batteries in many units on the shelf are fast approaching 18 months since they were installed at the factory at 40% state of charge. Even at a conservative self-discharge rate of only 2%/month, these units are on the brink of not accepting an initial charge.
    deemgee likes this.
    09-10-12 04:38 PM
  6. bubble.tea's Avatar
    ....these units are on the brink of not accepting an initial charge.
    LOL....if that should ever happen...Oi Veyyyyyyyyy.
    esk369 likes this.
    09-10-12 04:47 PM
  7. playbookster's Avatar
    Clearing out old models. PB has been in stores for quite a while now. There are already new kindle fires coming out which werent even that old.
    09-10-12 04:49 PM
  8. skyrocket9's Avatar
    The batteries are getting old in the devices sitting on the shelves, there is no demand, and they are over 14 months in stock. The retailer loses confidence in anything that doesn't sell before the next year quartery introduction of items. Good for me, I bought two!

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9900 using Tapatalk
    09-10-12 05:00 PM
  9. TheBlackberryUser33's Avatar
    Does the Source.ca ship to the USA? I want one!
    09-10-12 05:08 PM
  10. Broxster's Avatar
    The batteries in many units on the shelf are fast approaching 18 months since they were installed at the factory at 40% state of charge. Even at a conservative self-discharge rate of only 2%/month, these units are on the brink of not accepting an initial charge.

    I bought 2x64gb the other week.....oddly enough the first one built june 2011 and came unopened and had the same charge level (approx 40-50% as you say) in it as an 15 August 2012 build,the second PB i bought.
    09-10-12 05:14 PM
  11. bitek's Avatar
    i say ipad mini is the reason.
    09-10-12 05:22 PM
  12. Broxster's Avatar
    For all the difference in price at the moment (in the UK),i wouldn't buy any less than the 64gb.

    16gb...109-$174
    32gb...119-$190
    64gb...129-$206.

    Original UK 64gb price was 559-$893.....rip off britain,is it any wonder they didn't sell here......lol
    Last edited by Broxster; 09-10-12 at 05:32 PM.
    09-10-12 05:26 PM
  13. masqueofhastur's Avatar
    The batteries in many units on the shelf are fast approaching 18 months since they were installed at the factory at 40% state of charge. Even at a conservative self-discharge rate of only 2%/month, these units are on the brink of not accepting an initial charge.
    Yikes. You'd think the nice thing to do would be to go out, buy one, charge it, and return it.
    pkcable likes this.
    09-10-12 07:15 PM
  14. Stewartj1's Avatar
    It's standard practice for manufacturers to sell of old models at a big discount after anew model comes out. In the case, wifi only is being replaced by the newer, snappier 4G.
    Cracklen likes this.
    09-10-12 07:39 PM
  15. papped's Avatar
    RIM had the 16gb playbook for sale for $129 on their official website for a while. So nothing really different there...
    THBW and amazinglygraceless like this.
    09-10-12 07:45 PM
  16. njasmine's Avatar
    I hate that the price keeps dropping it's making it hard to sell one on ebay or craiglist.
    09-10-12 07:52 PM
  17. bitek's Avatar
    I would get one more. the more pb the better.

    Sent from my BlackBerry Playbook using Tapatalk 2
    09-10-12 08:39 PM
  18. beman39's Avatar
    I'm itching to get a 64GB playbook, but I already have the 32gb, what the HECK are you guys doing with the second playbook? I just can't justify getting another playbook!
    09-10-12 09:14 PM
  19. Mike_Luchia's Avatar
    I'm itching to get a 64GB playbook, but I already have the 32gb, what the HECK are you guys doing with the second playbook? I just can't justify getting another playbook!
    You must be single . Mother/Father/Daughter/Son/Grandson/Granddaughter/Boyfriend/Girlfriend etc etc etc. Nothing like early Xmas shopping.
    09-10-12 09:21 PM
  20. masqueofhastur's Avatar
    I got my brother to buy one. He's quite enjoying it (with a few minor quibbles). $130 he could justify, $200+ for an N7 or Kobo Arc he couldn't.
    09-10-12 09:26 PM
  21. smartie88's Avatar
    It's standard practice for manufacturers to sell of old models at a big discount after anew model comes out. In the case, wifi only is being replaced by the newer, snappier 4G.
    how could you call LTE is a new model for wifi? they are different models.
    brucep1 likes this.
    09-10-12 09:49 PM
  22. smartie88's Avatar
    I hate that the price keeps dropping it's making it hard to sell one on ebay or craiglist.


    It used to be people who paid 499 for 16G complain 199,now even people paid 199 start to complain. Don't know who want to buy new PB(if there is an one). everyone will wait for big discount. RIM just set a price trap for themselves
    09-10-12 09:51 PM
  23. skyrocket9's Avatar
    The stores take them out and charge them I heard, mine showed 1 charge but my friends 5 charges. Mine was only a month old his was from november last year.

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9900 using Tapatalk
    09-10-12 10:08 PM
  24. batkinson001's Avatar
    The stores take them out and charge them I heard, mine showed 1 charge but my friends 5 charges. Mine was only a month old his was from november last year.

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9900 using Tapatalk
    There's a charge counter?
    09-10-12 11:17 PM
  25. masqueofhastur's Avatar


    It used to be people who paid 499 for 16G complain 199,now even people paid 199 start to complain. Don't know who want to buy new PB(if there is an one). everyone will wait for big discount. RIM just set a price trap for themselves
    It's very simple. If you feel the price you're paying is worth what you're getting, buy it. Don't worry about the price going lower. For the additional price you paid you got to have it longer than someone else.

    When I bought my 32GB at $250, I felt that was worth what I paid for it, and I got use out of it before the Nexus 7 was released, and before the next price drop hit. I'm not at all disappointed by what I paid for it (beyond in retrospect that I didn't need the extra 16GB).

    My brother figured $130 is what he'd be willing to pay to try out a tablet, but the $260 for the N7, or $250 for the Arc at 16GB would be too much. Everyone has a different price threshold.

    When a product hits your price threshold, buy, and don't worry about if it might get cheaper (unless you just collect gadgets).
    bungaboy and Neely2005 like this.
    09-10-12 11:24 PM
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