BlackBerry PlayBook on sale at Best Buy for $299

Electronics retailer was quick to put the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet on sale. All models see a price cut of $200.

That was fast. Best Buy in the U.S. knocked the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet down to $299, apparently in response to the market-upending price of Amazon's Kindle Fire.

Is RIM feeling the Amazon Kindle Fire heat? The BlackBerry PlayBook went on sale Wednesday at Best Buy.  The 16GB model dropped to $299 from $499.
Is RIM feeling the Amazon Kindle Fire heat? The BlackBerry PlayBook went on sale Wednesday at Best Buy. The 16GB model dropped to $299 from $499. Best Buy

Clicking on each model on U.S. Best Buy's PlayBook page as of Wednesday night will reveal that the 16GB PlayBook fell to $299 from $499, the 32GB dropped to $399 from $599, and the 64GB model to $499 from $699.

While this doesn't quite match the $99 fire sale for Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad, $200 off the regular price of a PlayBook is nothing to sniff at.

Amazon announced today the Kindle Fire will sell for $199, despite having very similar specifications to the PlayBook .

Earlier this week, reports cited discounts at Best Buy in Canada and Staples. And earlier in the month, Best Buy briefly cut the price of the 64GB PlayBook to $550, $150 off the regular price.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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