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BlackBerry Friday: PlayBook at $300 Off

Soon you’ll be able to buy a BlackBerry PlayBook for the same price as Amazon’s new Kindle Fire: $199.

With the holidays nearly upon us — and a stockpile of unsold PlayBooks sitting in inventory — Research In Motion is giving its struggling tablet its steepest price cut yet. Tomorrow, a number of Canadian retailers will slash $300 off the PlayBook’s list price across the entire line. That means $199 for the 16 gigagbyte model; $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB. And, come Black Friday, Staples and others presumably will do the same in the U.S.

So, $199 — not bad for the tablet that was to be “a quantum leap over anything that’s out there.”

[Image credit: Staples]

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus