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BlackBerry PlayBook mystery as Best Buy cancels orders, discontinued?

Much has been said about the much maligned tablet PC offering from RIM since it was released, and many have said its biggest failings are its lack of features such as native email. About a week ago we told you that the company was to bring the price of the device crashing down. Today we have news on a BlackBerry PlayBook mystery as Best Buy cancels orders, and it makes you wonder if the device is to be discontinued at the retailer.

The team over at Electronista is reporting that Best Buy suddenly started to cancel orders for the device over the weekend. Some who had already ordered the tablet PC are saying their orders were dropped even after money had been taken and was almost ready for dispatch.

People on the Best Buy forums have been saying the retailer had been “overextended”, and checks have shown all orders have been cancelled. It is unclear why Best Buy cancelled the orders as its promotion was part of the RIM plan that is expected to last until the start of next month.

The cancelled orders also come as the listings for the device are also taken down from the retailer’s site, and now only have accessories. Other retailers such as Staples and Office Max are also showing a limited number of models for the PlayBook available.

It could just be that the discount for the device has seen a sales surge that has cleared out available stock, which mirrors the situation that was seen with the HP TouchPad fire sale. The retailer does normally leave products on its online store even when they have temporarily run out. This situation does make you wonder if Best Buy is planning on restocking the PlayBook though.

The retailer had originally threatened HP to pay for unsold TouchPad’s ahead of the devices fire sale. There could also be the possibility that RIM could stop making any new stock of the current model ahead of a refresh or a total pull out of the tablet market.

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Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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