Microsoft Surface RT Sales Hurt by Lack of Distribution
December 8, 2012 9:53 AM
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Right now, customers can only buy the Surface RT tablet at Microsoft Stores
Microsoft's Surface tablet
have been a mixed bag lately, but
All Things D
is pretty clear about its position: the demand and sales just aren't there.
All Things D
recently spoke with Boston-based brokerage firm Detwiler Fenton about Microsoft's Surface RT tablet. The verdict? Microsoft better get its tablet out in other stores or it's going to sink.
"Lack of distribution is killing the product," said Detwiler Fenton. "Mixed reviews and a [$499] starting price tag certainly don't help, but lack of retail exposure at Best Buy and others is severely depressing sales."
Right now, customers can only buy the Surface RT tablet at Microsoft Stores. The problem with this is that there's only 31 of them, with another 34 smaller Microsoft kiosks around the U.S.
Due to this lack of presence in major retailers, Detwiler Fenton estimates that Microsoft will only sell 500,000 to 600,000 Surface RTs in the December quarter. This is a strong hit to previous estimates of 1 million to 2 million.
Recently, a pair of reports from both
The Seattle Times
showed differing views on how
Windows 8-based touchscreen tablets
, convertibles and laptops are faring.
spoke with IDC and IHS iSuppli analysts, who said retailers were having trouble keeping them on shelves due to high demand. However,
The Seattle Times
begged to differ, echoing Detwiler Fenton's concerns: there just aren't very many Windows 8 tablets out yet, and those that are are impossible to find. However, other Windows 8 tablets are sold in major retailers like Best Buy; not just Microsoft Stores.
Microsoft's Surface Pro is expected to be released in January, which will feature the Windows 8 Pro operating system instead of Windows RT for ARM-based tablets.
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12/10/2012 12:12:48 PM
Hi Tiffany, there is an almost-true rumor on the internet about the broadening of the distribution os the Surface:
It's were all it started, would be nice if you update with this info.
A guy from a Best Buy in my city (Mexico) told me they are expecting them to arrive the next weekend...
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