The Great BlackBerry PlayBook Firesale Might Be Around the CornerS

There was some smoke earlier today when word hit that Best Buy's maybe pulling the plug on the BlackBerry PlayBook, and now we have the makings of a fire(sale). The Verge is reporting that RIM employees can now buy the PlayBook at steep, oh-god-please-take-it discounts.

The reported prices are $100 for the 16GB edition, $150 for the 32GB, and $200 for the 64GB model. That's on top of the already-huge cuts from the original what-world-are-you-living-in-clearly-one-with-lots-of-drugs $500, $600, and $700 prices, respectively.

Will these cut-rate prices eventually make it to consumers? No indications that they will, at this point, although it's worth nothing that employee-only availability was a regular occurrence during the HP TouchPad firesale rodeo. HP's version, of course, led to a Running of the Cheapasses (yours truly included) in a rush for the $99 TouchPads. But while the PlayBook's similarly over-specced for this pricepoint, it's also kind of deeply flawed, so it will be interesting to see if a full-on PlayBook firesale would get folks quite as excited with the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet out there now. What do you guys think? [The Verge]