RIM or Research in Motion retail partners have begun cutting down the prices of the company’s BlackBerry Playbook tablet just to cope up with the low market sales.
Jim Balsillie, RIM co-CEO confirmed that these price drops are expected after the company reported just 200,000 units of Playbook shipped into channels during the first year of availability. According to a report from BGR, Rogers employees were able to buy the BlackBerry Playbook for just $250.
The company (RIM) offers three types of its tablet, a 16GB, 32Gb, and 64GB entry-level model, all versions are on sale in any retailers nationwide. Staples has already slashed $200 off the price of each tablet, $100 in the form of mail-in rebate and $100 instant savings. Office Depot is also offering the same deal, each model is available for $100 off MSRP, and then $100 back as a rebate. Best Buy is also slashing down the prices for the tablets.
On the otherhand, BGR received messages from multiple readers via email that Walmart is selling the 16GB Playbook model in an unadvertised sale pricing for only $250, a 50% slash down from the advertised $498 price. Walmart did not give any comments about the report.