Thieves in Canada have made off with a supply truck containing over $1.7 million worth of BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, so it’s even more bad luck for Research in Motion.
A truck was en route to Ontario, Canada, aiming to deliver a large number of the BlackBerry tablets to retail outlets in the area. As the story goes, the driver took a routine break at a rest stop to take a shower and probably stock up on caffeine. When he came back, the truck and its gadget bounty were nowhere to be seen.
Within one hour of the driver leaving his vehicle he had managed to lose almost 2 million dollars’ worth of stock. The BlackBerry PlayBook has struggled to gain the attention of the tablet buyer, with numerous price drops and sales taking place over the last few months across the world in an attempt to shift stock and get the product out there.
In the UK at the moment, several retailers such as Currys and The Carphone Warehouse have significantly reduced the prices for their BlackBerry PlayBooks, with the 16GB variant going as cheap as £225 – a large reduction from the original RRP of over £400. In fact, some outlets are even flogging the tablet for as cheap as £200, so it pays to shop around before buying.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is Research in Motion’s first attempt at a tablet computer, with their main focus of course being the famous BlackBerry smartphone range. We’re expecting a second PlayBook tablet to be released next year, which is currently codenamed ‘Black Forest’, and could feature a larger screen size.