After canceling orders and pulling the Blackberry Playbook from their website, Best Buy has issued a statement to Electronista explaining the situation: “shoppers had just ‘responded very positively’ to the $300 price drop”.
The company responded that it still planned to carry the tablet and that shoppers had just ‘responded very positively’ to the $300 price drop, selling out by mid-weekend, its promo was still going on and would have a restock soon.”
The report continued, “the store chain didn’t explain why it had completely removed the PlayBook from its website during the weekend instead of just marking it as sold out, as it does with most other products. It also didn’t say why it chose to cancel orders that it still expected would get the better price. Actual sell-through isn’t known as well, although it’s presumed to be below iPad numbers given that Apple also sold out and normally sells many more tablets.”
I was tempted to buy a PlayBook this Black Friday, just to see how it compared to my almost 2 year old iPad. Then I thought, “Keep the money in the bank, they’ll be pushing these out the door at Big Lots for $70 by this Spring…”