dunks wrote: »
How much store credit will they give for a very "gently used" Surface?
Obviously, Microsoft is trying to buy the iPad and put the Microsoft Logo on the home button and give it to the next customer with that buy back gift card! Voila~ Their tablet just works all of sudden!! Very clever Microsoft!
I counted only 5. What's the sixth?
abazigal wrote: »
I counted only 5. What's the sixth?
Totally transparent act of desperation.
it sounds like a MS is now in the car business, who else buys buy competitor products so they can sell you their new product.
Remember MS can afford to do this since they already wrote off the inventory so giving out a credit to allow them to sell at full price will actually be money in the bank for them.
macky the macky wrote: »
Poor Uncle Fester. Everyone knows he's a lame duck at Microsoft and gets no respect. Even in the mail room the employees elbow him and say things like, "Do that monkey boy dance again."
The problem for Microsoft is they can’t offload their tablets by bundling them with tv sets or washing machines like our good friend Samsung. So they lose face with a very visible act of desperation (freebies aren’t always acts of desperation, so they are less hurtful for a brand). They really want to get rid of those Surfaces before the Surface 2 comes along.
For myself, I’m committed for about $200 on my iPad on the Appstore. Losing that and starting all over again on a noticeably less developed ecosystem negates the $200 that MS would offer me... So I would buy a printer, an HDD or something else with the money. So they might not even sell that many Surfaces from this promo.
Lol, that's pretty aggressive. They really, really want a toehold in this market.
After winning a Microsoft Surface at a happy hour raffle, I ended up with a $540 gift card to the Microsoft Store in NYC. I figured I could at least sell it on Craigslist for $400, or maybe use it online to buy 3rd party products from their online store. I was wrong. The best offer I've received on the gift card after 2 months of continuous listing on Craigslist was $250. Also, their gift cards are only usable in-store, they can't be used in their online store or in the X-Box store. What a joke.
pscooter63 wrote: »
Mmmm, desperation. I like this.
(Name that movie)
Since when is it good business practice to try to hurt your competitor by going out and BUYING that competitor's product in a futile attempt to reduce their market share? Guess what: they'll make more!
The only time that would work is when your competitor is selling the product at below cost (such as every smartphone maker except Apple and Sammy). Even Amazon doesn't want to sell Kindles to landfills, they want to get them into the hands of folks who will buy e-books.
After winning a Microsoft Surface at a happy hour raffle, I ended up with a $540 gift card to the Microsoft Store in NYC.... The best offer I've received on the gift card after 2 months of continuous listing on Craigslist was $250.... What a joke.
The joke's on you, because YOU still have to pay income tax on the raffle prize's official value (many states like Calif. consider "raffles" to be gambling, and thus taxable). So if your federal marginal rate is 33%, and your state marginal rate is 7%, then you owe $540 x 40% = $216. If you sold it for $250, your net prize was $34. Congratulations!
Is this a joke? If true it simply illustrates how out of touch MS is.
Now if they offered $200 for a netbook trade in they may get some bites.
Anyway MS doesn't have to worry about these "possible" iPad trade ins breaking their bank !
The Bing on his shirt reminds me of a big box office store which presented me with a Bing Map to locate their store near me. OMG it was about 1/4 mile in error, pegging it at a location with absolutely no stores of any kind.
Another of my Bing experiences was on a demo Surface to locate my house. Sort of OK, was only about 500 ft off, but showed other roads which I know will NEVER be built as they would be in a dedicated green space ravine.
Where in the hell does Bing gets it's maps?
If MS gave me a Surface for free I might...might...accept it. And then use it as a paperweight for the paper I no longer use because I have an iPad.