Want the BlackBerry Passport? You’re not alone, but right now – you can hardly get one. The Canadian company has cleared out its initially inventory of just 200,000 units. Yes, they took a conservative approach which seemed wise, but that made many users unhappy, myself included.
Some people are content about the current situation, BlackBerry CEO John Chen being one of them. While speaking at the MIT Enterprise Forum in Hong Kong, he said, “I’m glad to have inventory issues. It shows that people want the phone… We took a very conservative approach and didn’t order too many.”
Unsurprisingly, the strong demand and lack of supply opened the doors for grey market, with some users turning to eBay to sell their Passport units. According to ValueWalk’s report, BlackBerry’s business phablet is going for whopping $1825 on the online auction site. You can’t beat market forces… but you can wait for BlackBerry’s next stock to arrive and forgo paying the hefty premium.
As a side note, I’m one of those waiting to get my hands on the Passport but there’s no way I’m going to spend $1800 on a single device, no matter how cool it is.