This low-priced offer will be available until February 4, 2012 and currently appears to be a sale and not an â€śacross-the-boardâ€ť price cut. A few prospective consumers have already noted that retailers like Best Buy are still selling the devices for $499, $599 and $699 respectively, while others like Amazon are offering discounts.
Over the past few months, sales of the companyâ€™s tablets have been rather slow and market adoption rates have perpetually failed to catch up with Appleâ€™s predominant ubiquity over the mobile space. RIM recorded a profit of $265 million in Q4 2011 compared with $911 million last year. The company has ultimately had a rough year in 2011, dealing with low sales, service outages and delays. However, the company intends to fully reignite itself in 2012 with the addition of 10 new smartphones and a new operating system.
For those interested in the PlayBook sales, PC World notes that the $299 price tag on the 16GB model is actually an increase for some buyers, as the most basic model had been previously selling for a mere $199 at some retailers prior to the holiday season.