RIM is following up last month's sale of $299 ( for any and all models) with new price for the base 16GB model. You can now get it for only $199, and the deal runs until 11 February. Of course, if you really wanted one then you probably got one when it went on sale for that exact price last year. For a tablet that hasn't been canceled it sure does go on sale lot, doesn't it?
Snide comments side, this is a pretty good price for the hardware. The Playbook has often been compared to the Kindle Fire, and it's true that they look quite similar. But the Playbook has more storage, cameras, a card slot, Bluetooth, and it even has buttons. That's an irrelevant luxury, as far as the KF is concerned.