$1.7M Shipment Of Worthless RIM Playbooks Hijacked

$1.7M Shipment Of Worthless RIM Playbooks Hijacked

Thieves aren’t interested in Blackberries, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want RIM’s PlayBooks tablets.

$1.7 million in Playbooks was recently stolen off a truck on its way from Plainfield, Indianapolis to Ontario, Canada. While the driver took a short pit-stop in Madison County, thieves stole 22 pallets of PlayBooks, totaling 5,200 devices.

The best part is that the stolen goods weren’t geotagged by RIM’s supplier, Brightpoint, meaning that thousands of GPS-equipped tablets are basically untraceable. The local police and FBI are on the hunt.

Given RIM’s less-than-impressive earnings report last quarter, a hit like this is the last thing the company needs. RIM has been offering the PlayBook for $200, but some apparently think it’s better priced at free.

(via Intomobile)

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  • Barton Lynch

    how can you call them worthless?

  • Timothy Williamson

    The thieves steal 22 pallets during an hour pit-stop…the shipping company just so happened to not have the GPS tracking enabled…and it just so happened to be an entire shipment of Playbooks…sounds like a believable story.

    (RIM, submit that $1.7 million insurance claim.)

  • Al

    Dang you beat me to the punch! That’s exactly what I was thinking.

    Not seriously of course, but in sure they’ll get more money for them from insurance that selling them at the next firesale!

  • Fabio Papa

    The joke is on the thieves … they won’t be able to sell these things! ;)

  • AvoidDroid

    This will appeal to all those who say HP’s fire sale was the right way to price and move tablets (Never mind that HP lost their shirts on the deal….”See how the right price point moves tablets!”)
    Sheesh….Anyhow…See how “Free” moves tablets !!!

  • Mats Northman

    Because they are?

  • Israel Agi

    It’s all a lie… RIM “stole” it.
    They sent a truck full of those craplets, and then “stole” it back…
    One would think they actually sold any ;-)

  • STRIPBLUNTS

    I hope they really didn’t plan this! I doubt they’d risk messing with the Feds. This is sad either way! They’ve had one of the worst years I’ve ever witnessed! NO ONE could’ve predicted this!

  • Atienne

    yeah, right…. can you cay insurance fraud? have them stolen and then make a claim at full retail…. 

  • Honey Badger

    I heard that the thieves dropped them off at RIM’s front door with a note… 

    “Dear Mike and Jim, We humbly return your Playbooks. Sorry, we thought the pallets contained iPads. Boy are WE embarrassed!”

  • Georgi Mladenov

    @ alex-the apple fanboy: saying something, which is not an apple product, to be worthless is so pathetic and unprofessional! Honestly, get a sense of some objective evaluation on the world! Sick of such titles. Probably, if you go to the research lab of RIM you will be looking like a confused little boy compared to the researchers there. So, change the title because it is damn irritating. 

  • Steven Zahl

    When it Rains, it Pours…

  • Honey Badger

    I don’t disagree with you, but in the end, he’s just trying to generate web hits. They often come up with sensational headlines to get get either side worked up… it generates web traffic. They Playbook isn’t bad. The problem is, it just isn’t very good – and yes, I’ve used one.

  • Honey Badger

    I don’t disagree with you, but in the end, he’s just trying to generate web hits. They often come up with sensational headlines to get get either side worked up… it generates web traffic. They Playbook isn’t bad. The problem is, it just isn’t very good – and yes, I’ve used one.

  • sainathvaidya

    I think the thieves are under impression that those were iPads ;)

  • Georgi Mladenov

    I despise the way of generating web hits in such a low manner. I own a macbook pro, airport and an ipod but I ALWAYS try to be objective.

  • Honey Badger

    Agreed.

  • csman

    Those thieves will get to use not-so-bad front and rear cameras instead of worthless-i-thought-i-got-the-best-everything ipad2 cameras.

  • csman

    They will definitely sell for 100 bucks a pop. After all, you can load this thing with 1080p movies and plug it to any LCD with a $2 hdmi cable.

  • SupaMac

    i used to get more upset at this site because of its lack of objectivity, then i realized that this site is not intended to be journalistic at all, but actually is just a site for fanboys.

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