News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday November 29, 2011.
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Earlier this week, there was quite a bit of confusion surrounding Best Buy's intentions with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The retailer had slashed the price of the tablet by $300 in order to move inventory. Apparently, so many orders were placed that Best Buy ran out of available stock and canceled some orders without explanation, which led to a fair amount of speculation over the retailer's plans. This led some to believe that Best Buy had stopped carrying the PlayBook.
Adding to the confusion was the fact that Best Buy de-listed the PlayBook from its online store, only to have it return a few hours later in a sold-out fashion. Best Buy has said that the demand for the tablet was so high due to the discounted price and Black Friday shopping frenzy, that it simply sold out of the product and was unable to fulfill all of the orders that were placed. The company says that while it still doesn't have PlayBook tablets in stock, it intends to get more in the future, and will keep carrying the device. Customers will be able to order more from Best Buy's online store when the stock is replenished.
If you are still interested in a BlackBerry PlayBook and don't want to wait for Best Buy to restock, RIM is still offering the various models for sale in its online store, though it does warn that, due to high demand, it may take up to 7 days to ship to customers. The $300 discount promotion is due to end on December 3. [via CNET]
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