Apple Concerned about $199 Playbook Sale ?

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In Canada, the $199 16GB Playbook sale is meeting massive massive demand.
Every retailer sells out of 1000's of them within minutes when put online.
People lining up and fighting over them in stores.

Sale also, looks very very popular in the US too.

Completely unexpected for a device that the public ignored for the 1st 8 months.

Any concern for Apple, is every Playbook sale a lost iPad sale,
will it be harder to get interest at the $500 level for a tablet now?
 

Gav2k

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Seriously have you used one? The a pos
 

MonkeySee....

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In Canada, the $199 16GB Playbook sale is meeting massive massive demand.
Every retailer sells out of 1000's of them within minutes when put online.
People lining up and fighting over them in stores.

Sale also, looks very very popular in the US too.

Completely unexpected for a device that the public ignored for the 1st 8 months.

Any concern for Apple, is every Playbook sale a lost iPad sale,
will it be harder to get interest at the $500 level for a tablet now?
people buying these were never going to fork out the money for an iPad anyway so I don't think its too much of a concern.
 

silverblack

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Most find the PB useful are BB users, and many of which are apple (iPhone) haters anyway. Others who are just buying because of the price tag. Most of these people aren't interested in $500+ tablets anyway.

The PB is in the same category as kindle fire. I don't think the PB will make any signficant impact as their app world is seriously deficient.
 

Nathan21585

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I picked one up for my fiancé for Christmas and played with it for a little while to see if it was worth it. I returned it yesterday cause I just wasn't good enough, even at $200. My main complaint was that there is no easy way to read books on it. They have a Kobo app but no Kindle or a way to sideload books.
 

*LTD*

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In Canada, the $199 16GB Playbook sale is meeting massive massive demand.
Every retailer sells out of 1000's of them within minutes when put online.
People lining up and fighting over them in stores.

Sale also, looks very very popular in the US too.

Completely unexpected for a device that the public ignored for the 1st 8 months.

Any concern for Apple, is every Playbook sale a lost iPad sale,
will it be harder to get interest at the $500 level for a tablet now?


Apple probably knows the reason for any spike in PlayBook sales. It's a POS that's been priced to move. That is all.

Apple's only concern would be future iPad buyers tripping over themselves to get this POS and risking injury, which might prevent them from getting an iPad sooner.
 
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urkel

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Completely unexpected for a device that the public ignored for the 1st 8 months.

Any concern for Apple, is every Playbook sale a lost iPad sale,
will it be harder to get interest at the $500 level for a tablet now?
Sounds like the exact same hoopla that went on with the TouchPad. And even though the Touchpad is the top selling non-iPad out there, it still didn't make ANY dent in the iPad market since this is a section where there is more than enough room for a few players to be successful. And lets be honest, of those two or three companies that will find success in tablets then one of them will NOT be RIM.
 

jca24

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In Canada, the $199 16GB Playbook sale is meeting massive massive demand.
Every retailer sells out of 1000's of them within minutes when put online.
People lining up and fighting over them in stores.

Sale also, looks very very popular in the US too.

Completely unexpected for a device that the public ignored for the 1st 8 months.

Any concern for Apple, is every Playbook sale a lost iPad sale,
will it be harder to get interest at the $500 level for a tablet now?
playbook is junk, all they are doing is clearing out old inventory to be done with it.
 

dionnfr

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Why would Apple care what they sell them for, the Playbook can only get emails when theathered to a Blackberry phone. Now if they ever get a native email client then they might have a product. since the IPAD already account for 68% of all tablet sales and the IPHONE has surpassed Blackberry in sales I don't think Apple is even taking notice.
 

aneftp

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I own the Playbook and ipad 2. I actually carry the playbook to work with me everyday. It is much more portable than ipad.

Do not bash it until you uodate its software. Yes RIM has been increidble late getting native email and calendar apps. The reason us well known. QNX is their next gen operating system and it has not been compatible with their secure servers.

2.0 operating system will finally be relessed by Feb 17th 2012. RIM finally showed email app demo this past week.

At $199, almost any full fledge tablet should be considered for the holidays. Plus ipad 2 is over 9 months into its cycle and still costs $499 retail.
 

gnasher729

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In Canada, the $199 16GB Playbook sale is meeting massive massive demand.
Every retailer sells out of 1000's of them within minutes when put online.
People lining up and fighting over them in stores.

Sale also, looks very very popular in the US too.

Completely unexpected for a device that the public ignored for the 1st 8 months.

Any concern for Apple, is every Playbook sale a lost iPad sale,
will it be harder to get interest at the $500 level for a tablet now?
Everybody knows that when the price of a product goes down from $500 to $200, that is the end of the line for it. It couldn't be sold for $500, so they get rid of their inventory for $200. That is way below the cost of producing it, and everybody knows that. It just means one competitor is leaving the market. Since Apple is not leaving the market, nobody expects iPad prices to drop.
 

aneftp

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Everybody knows that when the price of a product goes down from $500 to $200, that is the end of the line for it. It couldn't be sold for $500, so they get rid of their inventory for $200. That is way below the cost of producing it, and everybody knows that. It just means one competitor is leaving the market. Since Apple is not leaving the market, nobody expects iPad prices to drop.
iPad 2 sales have been slowing down.

Let's see. You have two kids who both want tablets for Xmas.

Just be a parent and think about it financially. $199x2 is under $400.

Or two iPads for close to $1000.

The Kindle fire and all other tablets will put a lot of pressure on the iPad 2 sales this Xmas season. Plus iPad 2 is over 9 months old and those who wanted one have already purchased it.

I actually advise people not to get an iPad 2 at this point in its life cycle since the next one is probably around 3- 3 1/2 months out.
 

aerok

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Sold my iPad2 2 weeks ago and bought a PlayBook, I love how it perfectly syncs with my Blackberry. Just sad that it does not have a Netflix or Kindle but I have an actual Kindle for that
 

B.A.T

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Feb is about the fourth or fifth deadline that they have promised and have yet to come through on any of their dates.
 

ReallyBigFeet

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The Playbook has done so poorly in the
Market that RIM now is giving them away as a "free gift with purchase" when you buy BES. It's now equivalent to a cereal toy.

RIM is dying. Their market share is shrinking fast and they are now trading below book value, a clear sign that their investors believe that they will continue to do poorly. I'd like to see Apple buy them, simply because nobody else plays that well in the corporate secure email space. The Playbook would make a nice electronic headstone.
 

jmpnop

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The price drop of Playbook indicates its going to be discontinued soon, Apple has no reason to be concerned.
 
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