Microsoft starts buying used iPads for $200 Microsoft Store gift cards, pushes Surface

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  • Reply 41 of 69
    [quote]Surface Pro
    The laptop in tablet form, built by Microsoft, ruins your favorite Windows desktop programs and includes a one month free trial of Office 365.
    Starting at $799
    Learn more[/quote]


    Wow. I count no less than 6 problems here.



    [quote]To be eligible for trade-in, device should include power cord, if available, and device cannot be password protected.[/quote]

    Hahahaha
  • Reply 42 of 69
    dunks wrote: »
    How much store credit will they give for a very "gently used" Surface? :lol:

    I'm not sure how Microsoft defines "Gently Used" since they are always tossing the Surfaces around in their commercials.

    I *might* spend up to $20 for a Surface Pro. I understand they make good bun warmers for the Thanksgiving Day table.

    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."

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  • Reply 43 of 69

    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!

  • Reply 44 of 69
    It might work if they sold the Surface for $200, and included FWP a gently used iPad.
  • Reply 45 of 69
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post

    Surface Pro

    The laptop in tablet form, built by Microsoft, ruins your favorite Windows desktop programs and includes a one month free trial of Office 365.

    Starting at $799

    Learn more



    Wow. I count no less than 6 problems here.

    Hahahaha

     

    I counted only 5. What's the sixth?

  • Reply 46 of 69
    abazigal wrote: »
    I counted only 5. What's the sixth?

    1. The laptop in tablet form
    2. built by Microsoft
    3. ruins your favorite Windows desktop programs (word play mine)
    4. free trial
    5. Office 365
    6. Starting at $799
  • Reply 47 of 69

    Totally transparent act of desperation.

  • Reply 48 of 69

    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.

  • Reply 49 of 69
    pazuzupazuzu Posts: 1,728member
    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."

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    What will Uncle Fester do now that he's retiring? Run for Congress? :lol:
  • Reply 50 of 69
    zoetmbzoetmb Posts: 2,652member
    What if Microsoft gave a special offer and nobody came?

    What will really be interesting is if Microsoft has the guts to release the stats on the number of people who take them up on this offer. I suspect it will be very few. This could wind up turning into a promotion for Apple.

    You know the Surface COULD have been a decent machine for those who wanted to stay with a Microsoft OS, but they screwed it up. I went into the pop-up store that Microsoft set up in Times Square last holiday season and was so frustrated trying the machine out that I wanted to pick it up and slam it into the wall. The ancillary keyboard was so bad that I felt like it was a prize won in an arcade machine or something bought for pennies at a flea market.
  • Reply 51 of 69

    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.

  • Reply 52 of 69
    So begins the classic Microsoft "throw money at the problem till it's resolved by brute force market management" technique.
  • Reply 53 of 69
    asciiascii Posts: 5,936member

    Lol, that's pretty aggressive. They really, really want a toehold in this market.

  • Reply 54 of 69

    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. 

  • Reply 55 of 69
    pscooter63 wrote: »
    Mmmm, desperation. I like this.
    (Name that movie)

    Star Wars?
  • Reply 56 of 69

    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.

  • Reply 57 of 69
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by johnsharrington View Post

     

    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!

  • Reply 58 of 69
    joshajosha Posts: 901member

    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 !

  • Reply 59 of 69
    joshajosha Posts: 901member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pazuzu View Post

    What will Uncle Fester do now that he's retiring? Run for Congress? image

    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?

  • Reply 60 of 69

    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.

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