Best Buy Palm PDA Sale This Week
In an ironic twist that serves as a grim reminder that Palm's last non-smartphone releases came two years ago, the Best Buy retail circular for October 14th-21st is prominently displaying "sale" pricing for the Palm TX and Z22.
This week's sale brings the TX down to its "standard" price of $299.99, with a $15 instant discount bringing the TX's price down from its normal price of $314.99. Additionally, Best Buy is offering a $20 gift card with purchase of the TX. While this Best Buy sale this time around doesn't quite match the previous sale last month, this might be one of the final opportunities to pick up a brand-new Palm handheld from a reputable brick and mortar retailer with a reasonable return policy and extended service plan.
The entry-level Palm Z22 handheld is on sale for $99.99 with a $10 gift card included with purchase. Unlike previous offerings from Circuit City, this is just the standard Z22 handheld package and not the special "Essentials" bundle that included several free accessories and Astraware’s Sudoku game.
While cheaper pricing can be found online for both models (Amazon currently lists the TX for $257.99 with free shipping and no sales tax) the convenience factor and easy return policy for a large brick & mortar retail chain like Best Buy cannot be overlooked. In addition, Best Buy offers reasonably-priced extended warranty plans in addition to their Reward Zone coupon program as a bit of additional incentive to purchase in-store.
As reported in our earlier Palm retail roundup articles (here, here, and here), Palm handhelds bizarrely continue to be sold by Best Buy for prices higher than Palm’s MSRP. With the cancellation of the Foleo, Palm’s three remaining handhelds are slowly disappearing from nationwide retail chains. A recent trip to two local Office Depot stores showed the entire PDA department to have been removed in favor of an expanded selection of GPS receivers. Most of the remaining PDA accessories reflected clearance pricing as well.
At this time it is unknown if the discounts are pre-holiday weekly sales or an effort to clearance the final stocks of new Palm PDAs prior to EOL or the unlikely event of a forthcoming handheld refresh.