$1.7 million worth of Blackberry Playbooks stolen in Indiana

As if Research in Motion didn't have enough problems, now the company has to deal with the fact that a massive shipment of its Blackberry Playbook tablets have now been stolen. According to a report on the Anderson, Indiana-based Heraldbulletin.com web site, a shipment of the tablets, valued at $1.7 million, was taken on Thursday.

The report claims that the driver of the semi-tractor trailer that contained the tablets stopped at a local Pilot Travel Center truck stop to get something to eat and also to take a shower. When he came back to where the thought the truck was, he discovered that it was no longer at its parking space.

The truck contains 22 pallets containing the units of the Blackberry Playbook. There's no word on exactly how many units were inside the truck but if the contents were indeed worth $1.7 million there could be as few as 3,400 units if the tablets are considered to be worth its original price of $499 each or as many as 8,500 units if the tablets are considered to be worth their current price of $199.

The story states that the FBI has been contacted about the theft of the truck but so far there are no suspects in the case.

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not the theif but got some ideas

goto a big big concert and sell them at 20$ each and still get rich without getting any trouble of getting caught. plus so many in the wild police would say fu it. even by any long chance rim block them 20$ wasted user will say fu it. lol

not the theif but got some ideas

goto a big big concert and sell them at 20$ each and still get rich without getting any trouble of getting caught. plus so many in the wild police would say fu it. even by any long chance rim block them 20$ wasted user will say fu it. lol

Tweaky Nippleton said,
RIM's not *really* out $1.7million. It's not like anyone was actually going to buy them.

At the price some ppl plan to sell them i would take it, but i doubt id find them online.

wouldnt it be easy to track these devices once they are sold on the black market and the persons who bought it logs online and tries to setup a blackberry account to access the apps store? There are thousands of these and even with a couple of tracked ones would lead back to the original seller/stealer.

SojIrOu said,
Wait till they realise it wasn't the shipment of iPads they were trying to steal.

"These are not the iPads you are looking for"

Brandon said,
As if it matters? They have insurance for this.... Its not like RIM is out 1.7 million

I don't think that's the point...

The point is RIM will miss on selling $1.7m worth of tablets, potentially impacting their share of the tablet market (i.e. loss of sales during Christmas period, loss of potential happy users recommending their product, etc).

kizzaaa said,

I don't think that's the point...

The point is RIM will miss on selling $1.7m worth of tablets, potentially impacting their share of the tablet market (i.e. loss of sales during Christmas period, loss of potential happy users recommending their product, etc).

Because the people that stole these will just throw them in to a ditch and set fire to them right? - No of course not. They will want to sell them to the public. So Blackberry won't lose any marketshare, if anything their marketshare will increase as the people who stole these will more than likely sell them a little lower than retail.

Brandon said,
As if it matters? They have insurance for this.... Its not like RIM is out 1.7 million

this is actually a good thing for them.. they get the money for the tablets.. the only person this is bad for is the shipping company because their insurance premiums might go up...