Earlier today we reported that Best Buy customers that had taken advantage of the retailer's recent BlackBerry PlayBook sale were allegedly having their orders canceled, even after being charged for their purchases. Best Buy has now issued a statement on the matter.
Starting Sunday, November 20th, Best Buy offered $300 instant savings to the BlackBerry PlayBook, reducing the price to $299.99 and $199.99 for the 32 GB and 16 GB, respectively. Customers have responded very positively to this short-term promotion available until Dec. 3 and, as a result, we are currently sold out of our inventory. We will have additional units available in the near future, at which time customers will be able to purchase the devices online at www.bestbuy.com
So there you have it. Best Buy confirms it ran out of stock of the 7-inch tablet, but doesn't comment on why customers were sold devices it didn't have in inventory. Nor does it address whether those customers will still be able to get the tablet at the price they paid for it — even though Best Buy confirms it will be getting more PlayBooks in stock. We'll keep you informed of any further developments, but at the moment RIM's holiday discount is looking nearly as chaotic as HP's TouchPad fire sale.