September 29, 2011
NOTHING COSTS MORE THAN IT USED TO:
Best Buy Slashes BlackBerry PlayBook Prices By $200 (Stan Schroeder. 9/29/11, Mashable)
There is little doubt that Amazon's announcement of Fire prompted the price cuts. Granted, the Kindle Fire has half the storage space of the now $299 look-alike Playbook, but most industry watchers have pegged the Fire's combination of price and content access as a winner. At $199, it gives most of the tablets on the market a run for their money.
Furthermore, the fact that HP's soon-to-be-abandoned TouchPad started selling well only after its price fell to $99 and $149 (depending on the model) proved that there is a much bigger market for non-iPad tablets at these price points than at $500 and over, which is how Android tablets are usually priced.
Posted by oj at September 29, 2011 3:33 PM