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  1. Sonic77's Avatar
    If 2.0 is really just around the corner, why is RIM still slashing prices?

    $149 for a 32GB at Telus, that is starting to sound like the end.
    Think HP had the same price when they pulled out of the tablet game?


    Surely it would have been better to wait a couple weeks for 2.0 to hit,
    and then sell at a higher price with the new demand ...
    02-03-12 07:26 AM
  2. Sith_Apprentice's Avatar
    RIM is slashing prices because 2.0 is around the corner lol.

    Also the 3G/LTE versions should be in a couple months as well.
    peter9477 and diegonei like this.
    02-03-12 07:27 AM
  3. brucep1's Avatar
    Supply and demand
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    02-03-12 07:29 AM
  4. mandony's Avatar
    Simple answer, to make guys like the Op excited about the arrival of the new OS and the coming publicity. What else is there to talk about???
    peter9477 likes this.
    02-03-12 07:29 AM
  5. Tre Lawrence's Avatar
    Supply and demand
    That simple. They want to move units.
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    02-03-12 07:30 AM
  6. Sonic77's Avatar
    So many things they do with the Playbook just leave you shaking your head.

    At the end of November,
    the $199,$299, $399 pricing was a massive success.
    They were selling out instantly everywhere, big big demand.

    What does RIM do... end the sale.

    In the weeks since they have had to reduce prices even more.

    Now this strange timing, $149 for a 32GB tablet,
    when $199 / 32 I'm sure once 2.0 hit would have sold them all out anyhow?

    Could 3G/LTE version be released along side 2.0 be the reason?
    02-03-12 07:36 AM
  7. Tre Lawrence's Avatar
    So many things they do with the Playbook just leave you shaking your head.

    At the end of November,
    the $199,$299, $399 pricing was a massive success.
    They were selling out instantly everywhere, big big demand.

    What does RIM do... end the sale.

    In the weeks since they have had to reduce prices even more.

    Now this strange timing, $149 for a 32GB tablet,
    when $199 / 32 I'm sure once 2.0 hit would have sold them all out anyhow?

    Could 3G/LTE version be released along side 2.0 be the reason?
    I wonder what the numbers were though. Not arguing with your point; I just wonder if it was as huge of a success as we think it was (for RIM, that is).
    02-03-12 07:39 AM
  8. Sith_Apprentice's Avatar
    So many things they do with the Playbook just leave you shaking your head.

    At the end of November,
    the $199,$299, $399 pricing was a massive success.
    They were selling out instantly everywhere, big big demand.

    What does RIM do... end the sale.

    In the weeks since they have had to reduce prices even more.

    Now this strange timing, $149 for a 32GB tablet,
    when $199 / 32 I'm sure once 2.0 hit would have sold them all out anyhow?

    Could 3G/LTE version be released along side 2.0 be the reason?
    It wont be too much later. Also, they are trying to drive business adoption since PBAS launches with 2.0.
    02-03-12 07:43 AM
  9. domenic_lo_russo's Avatar
    If 2.0 is really just around the corner, why is RIM still slashing prices?

    $149 for a 32GB at Telus, that is starting to sound like the end.
    ...
    This is a Telus sale, not RIM
    GeneralTech, rjedge54 and lma13 like this.
    02-03-12 07:43 AM
  10. VanCity778's Avatar
    I would think it's because they want more people with Blackberry tablets so the developers take note and start pumping out more apps before the launch of their next tablet.
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    02-03-12 07:47 AM
  11. Sonic77's Avatar
    This is a Telus sale, not RIM
    Who knows, looks like a Telus/Rim venture, looking at the sale memo posted ?
    Yes, the BlackBerry PlayBook will be dropped to $149.99 (16GB and 32GB) | MobileSyrup.com
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    02-03-12 07:53 AM
  12. Sonic77's Avatar
    I would think it's because they want more people with Blackberry tablets so the developers take note and start pumping out more apps before the launch of their next tablet.
    Makes good sense, its just the timing / 32GB pricing of this sale that is questionable.
    02-03-12 07:54 AM
  13. alnamvet68's Avatar
    This is a Telus sale, not RIM
    Exactly, it has nothing to do with RIM, and everything to do with whatever Telus is thinking/planning...maybe Telus knows something about the purported 3G/4G/LTE PB the rest of us only speculate o, and just want to clear wi-fi only PB's to make room for the new model; who knows and who cares? Same with the latest Apple iPhone 4S...Apple didn't have a sale on Christmas day, but the local Best Buy had a Christmas day only sale of the iPhone 4S for $99.00 for the 16 GB phone with upgrade/new 2 year contract.

    It's not the "end" for RIM or that they're dropping tablets.
    02-03-12 07:55 AM
  14. Sonic77's Avatar
    It's spreading Blacks.ca just dropped the 32GB to $149 as well,
    dont think that is Telus sale

    Update - Telus owns Blacks !

    Black's - Product (Blackberry Playbook 32GB WiFi)
    Last edited by Sonic77; 02-03-12 at 08:10 AM.
    02-03-12 07:59 AM
  15. AggreX's Avatar
    Just got an email from Office Depot advertising 199/249/299 which are not as low as Telus but are available in store/online in US

    Great deals on laptops and more
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    02-03-12 08:04 AM
  16. alnamvet68's Avatar
    It's spreading Blacks.ca just dropped the 32GB to $149 as well,
    dont think that is Telus sale

    Black's - Product (Blackberry Playbook 32GB WiFi)
    Again, not a RIM sale, but a Black's sale, who btw are out of stock. If RIM was having a sale, which they are now, but not at those prices you mention, they would let the rest of us know about it on their web site. Retailers, for whatever reasons, are free to sell anything they have at any price they deem, providing there are no manufacturer restrictions. RIM does not place restrictions on what a retailer can charge for their devices like Apple does.
    02-03-12 08:05 AM
  17. robsteve's Avatar
    It's spreading Blacks.ca just dropped the 32GB to $149 as well,
    dont think that is Telus sale

    Black's - Product (Blackberry Playbook 32GB WiFi)
    Isn't Blacks owned by Telus?

    http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/SciTech/20..._black_090908/

    It makes sense that a cellular company wants to clear our wifi only units so they can sell PlayBooks with the cellular radios in them, along with a cellular contract.

    Just got a 32gb at a local Telus store. Last and only one they had in stock. They would not or could not order more. For that price I wanted two. I took my receipt over to Walmart and they price matched and sold me a 32gb at the $149.
    Last edited by robsteve; 02-03-12 at 08:09 AM. Reason: url
    02-03-12 08:06 AM
  18. alnamvet68's Avatar
    Isn't Blacks owned by Telus?

    Telus buys out Black's Photo for $28 million | CTV News

    It makes sense that a cellular company wants to clear our wifi only units so they can sell PlayBooks with the cellular radios in them, along with a cellular contract.
    Damn you're quick, I was just about to post that.
    02-03-12 08:09 AM
  19. Sonic77's Avatar
    Updated the post ... thanks!
    Who knew I could have been paying my phone bill at Blacks all this time
    02-03-12 08:11 AM
  20. robsteve's Avatar
    Damn you're quick, I was just about to post that.
    The old Radio Shack stores in Canada, later renamed to The Source, were bought by Bell at about the same time. The cellular companies probably found it was cheaper to buy a retailer with retail electronics distribution outlets/stores than to pay the costs of opening more phone stores.
    02-03-12 08:12 AM
  21. alnamvet68's Avatar
    The old Radio Shack stores in Canada, later renamed to The Source, were bought by Bell at about the same time. The cellular companies probably found it was cheaper to buy a retailer with retail electronics distribution outlets/stores than to pay the costs of opening more phone stores.
    Which reminds me, one of my nieces in Argentina tells me that Blackberry has their very own boutique store in Buenos Aires, very much like the Apple stores we have here, and I so wish RIM would support that idea.
    Tre Lawrence likes this.
    02-03-12 08:15 AM
  22. robsteve's Avatar
    Which reminds me, one of my nieces in Argentina tells me that Blackberry has their very own boutique store in Buenos Aires, very much like the Apple stores we have here, and I so wish RIM would support that idea.
    When I saw the USA Radio Shack stock plunge this week I was thinking RIM should buy them to create a retail experience in the USA.
    02-03-12 08:28 AM
  23. JasW's Avatar
    If they drop the 64GB to $199, I'm going to get mighty cranky. $299 for the 64GB was the sweet spot for me.
    02-03-12 08:28 AM
  24. playbookster's Avatar
    2 more of my friends are buying playbooks because of this new sale. Now i officially know more people with playbooks than ipads.
    02-03-12 08:31 AM
  25. Tre Lawrence's Avatar
    Which reminds me, one of my nieces in Argentina tells me that Blackberry has their very own boutique store in Buenos Aires, very much like the Apple stores we have here, and I so wish RIM would support that idea.
    I agree. They don't need to even start big... regional or per state. I would love that.
    02-03-12 08:32 AM
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