Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook is playing hard to get at several retailers.
RIM's own online store lists the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB editions as available. But the "Where to buy" drop-down list on its retail page steers you to some of the vendors who are out of stock. The current lineup also is in short supply at retailers in RIM's home base of Canada.
Depleted stock often means that a new model or refresh is on the way, which may be the case here.
CNET contacted RIM for comment and will update the story if we receive any information.
Like other mobile device makers, RIM has seen its fortunes fall amidst competition from Apple and Android. The company's second-quarter sales fell by 30 percent amidst a . Results were slightly better than analysts had anticipated, but hardly cause for celebration.
RIM is placingto help it stage a comeback. But at least one analyst doesn't expect to see , which would be yet another delay from RIM's original goal of later this year.