Buy a BlackBerry PlayBook for $249 at Walmart Canada

UPDATE: Now selling for $299 at Future Shop and Best Buy.

This hasn't been confirmed, but there's a chance that Walmart Canada has begun quietly selling the 16GB edition of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook for $249—a clean 50% shaving off the full retail price.

Telus and Rogers recently offered the tablet to their employees at a sharp discount but this would mark the first public price slash (aside from RIM's $100 MasterCard incentive).

If the price drop is true, this is eerily similar to how HP's TouchPad died: poor sales, then price cuts, then firesale-spurred death. Given that RIM shipped just 200,000 units in Q2—half of analyst estimates, and a substantial decline from Q1—such a move wouldn't shock many.

Going by only a photo of a reciept, tomorrow will be more telling whether or not the pricetag is official or just a hoax. If you go, let us know either way.

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Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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