- 02-07-2013, 05:46 PM #1
Hey, everyone. I know some have chipped in on a few different threads here of what their local Microsoft stores were supposedly giving out or discounting on Pro's release day, but I was wanting to see if anyone else has heard anything. I figured it would be nice to compile a thread for others to see and base their purchase location on.
If you want to submit any, please include which location in case these are store-specific. Thanks!
- 02-08-2013, 09:50 AM #3
My MS store said that they will most likely continue the RT special so that purchasers of the Pro would receive a screen protector and a case. They even mentioned that they will have a dedicated staff member on hand to install the screen protectors for guests.
02-08-2013, 02:34 PM #5
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good info, but no sale for me...
only thing there I really want is the type cover... and its some $190 bucks for the other items, which is no small amount. appears the 2 yr warranty is pulling most of that weight... discounting a warranty with 95% margin. meh.
- 02-09-2013, 08:01 AM #10
While at this point I sort of doubt there will be as much celebration as there was with RT, I'm going to go ahead and support the Dallas pop-up here and buy my Pro there regardless. I'm losing out on a good chunk of points at Best Buy, but I'll get over it.
If they do end up doing some sort of deal, I'll update you all.
- 02-09-2013, 08:49 AM #12
I have an appointment at a local MS store at 9:30 this morning, and hopefully I'll be able to get the 128 model. I was not able to do a reservation card as I'm an immediate family member of a MS employee, and as such not eligible according to the fine print. Just for the heck of it, I checked BB stock, and I would have to drive 60 miles to get a 64, and there are no 128s available at any of the BB stores in all of Western Washington. Didn't check Staples though.
- 02-09-2013, 09:03 AM #13
I don't know about where you guys are, but, the Best Buy online inventory system here in MD is terrible. They regularly are inconsistent so, until actually contacting the store I don't put any stock in what they show on the website. When the HP Touchpad firesale was going on, they had a bunch of them in stock but the website said they were sold out.
BTW- I just called my local MS Store and they aren't doing any promotions. They're offering the special bundles but that's it. Heading out to Best Buy now...
02-09-2013, 11:32 AM #18
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Best Buy offering a warranty is a joke. Their warranty is nothing compared to what you get with $99 from a Microsoft store. They have this warranty that covers defects, damages, and offers tech support on the Surface. I haven't found another place that offers that before. For $99, that's not a bad deal. And Microsoft store will also offer to match other physical stores like BB and Staples if they're running specials on bundles. But when I asked about Surfaces being discounted, I got a definitive no. Apparently not even Microsoft employees get deals on these things, so customers sure as heck aren't either. Accessory bundles are the only chance you have to save. And everyone knows accessories are marked up huge, but they're still necessary to pick up (especially when they're good quality products).
- 02-09-2013, 11:54 AM #19
Well, the pop-up in Dallas/Frisco had a pretty good turnout - near 100 I'd guess by the time I left (I was maybe 15th or so). 128s seemed to be in a good enough supply, or at least no one was giving any indication that they were almost out.
No real promotions were offered, unless you consider the accessory/Complete bundle a promo deal.
- 02-09-2013, 12:05 PM #20
While standing in line at the store, one of the employees came out and took those of us with reservations in. We were out of there it less than 10 min!
I'm home now with the 128GB unit - doing the setup and comparing it side by side with the Series 7 Slate. So far so good!
- 02-09-2013, 02:04 PM #23
I did receive the bundle as stated above. $309.00 The additional items were a book. Tshirt- lol and they only charged me an additional $25 for the new surface wedge mouse.
- 02-09-2013, 02:23 PM #25
My store experience was good. I made a personal shopping appointment for the first slot of the day, since I was not allowed to get a reservation due to the fact that I'm a family member of an employee. When I got to the Seattle store, I was about 70th in line (this was 1/2 hour before opening. And very soon, it appeared that there were about 200 people in line. One of the people next to me in line was an employee of that actual store, so I asked him if he was surprised by the turnout. He said that initially, they had not thought they would have this situation, but then when the demand for the reservation cards was so high that they gave them all out in basically one day, they changed their minds! Since I had the appointment, once they opened, and employee came out and got me so I got to cut the line. I was in and out in 15 minutes. HAPPY. The MS Tech Ready conference just ended last night, so there are employees from all over the world leaving Seattle today, and some of them had the conference shuttles drop them off at the store so they could get in line too. That was pretty funny - they were on their way to the airport so they all had their suitcases with them. There were at least two busses that stopped by - dropping off around a dozen people, I would say. They appeared to be mostly from their Japanese offices. I guess they ran shuttle service over to the store from the conference all week long too (the conference is downtown and the MS store is in a neighborhood about 5 miles northeast of there).
EDIT - well crud - I was just looking at my receipt and see that the extended service plan in this bundle is for the RT, not the Pro (the base rate for the two plans is different) so I'm going to likely have to contact them and pay for an adjustment. It really did seem too good to be true! Oh well. If there's one item I'll pay for an extended service plan on, it's a computer! I've learned from past experience, and been very happy to have had them...
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