Looks like we could be in for another fire sale. This time around, it'll be RIM's Playbook. Best Buy will be lobbing off $50 on the 16 GB model and up to $150 on the 64 GB model.
I've said this a few times already. These 7" tablets priced around $500 are going to have to contend with 7" Honeycomb or Android 4 devices that will cost about $300.
I know the Playbook is a very solidly build device and is probably worth the premium but so is the 16 GB iPad coming in at $500. And RIM did itself a disservice by releasing the Playbook when it was half-baked as far as the software was concerned.
I've also postulated that the new $999 is now the $499 for tablets. If a device maker wants to compete with the iPad at the $499 and up, they would need to offer "premium" features and services that Apple cannot match.