Best Buy launches a big sale on BlackBerry PlayBooks. "Everything's fine guys!" says BlackBerry. Best Buy dumps its PlayBook stash and doesn't seem interested in replacing them. "Um, guys? Is this what death feels like?"
The folks at Electronista have put together an interesting report: After slashing $300 off the price of a PlayBook, Best Buy has apparently sold out its inventory in a matter of days. Not surprising in and of itself; that's what sales are for. But what's curious is that while normally when Best Buy sells out of a product, they leave the page up with a "temporarily unavailable" message or some such thing, in this case, they're completely removing the PlayBook pages. As of right now you can only find PlayBook accessories, and a very limited quantity of refurbished models.
Does this mean the plug is finally being yanked on the PlayBook? Other major retailers like Staples and Office Max are also showing supplies in extremely limited quantities, too. But RIM is clearly committed to adding native email/calendar support in February. Are retailers just holding off until then to see if there's renewed demand? Or is RIM working overtime on a product whose buyers have given up? Either way, the slowly quieting death rattle continues. [Electronista via TechMeme]