BlackBerry PlayBook, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad rival gets a juicy offer again, Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM) has slashed its price to $299 — for any configuration. Company says the PlayBook sale will end February 4. Research In Motion has reportedly lost $485 million on unsold PlayBooks since the tablet’s launch in April 2011. According to the sale page,
ON SALE: $299 (16GB, 32GB, 64GB)
SAVE: $400 (64GB), $300 (32GB), $200 (16GB)
SALE ENDS: 2/4/2012
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Don Reisinger writes, “What’s worse, at $299 for the 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook version, RIM could risk pricing that version of the 7-inch tablet out of the market. Apple, meanwhile, has been the only major company to eschew price cuts. The company’s iPads still retail for between $499 and $829, and unlike the competition, they continue to fly off store shelves at those prices. However, exactly why RIM would sell all of its models at the same price, thus pushing customers to the higher end of its spectrum and keeping the lower-end models off wish lists, is a head-scratcher.”