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Big sales numbers or simply not enough tablets?

Microsoft launched its Surface Pro tablet over the weekend. The software giant is now boasting that the Surface Pro tablet has sold out at most retail locations. Microsoft no longer shows 128 GB version of the tablet as in stock on its own online store.

Other locations including Best Buy and Staples are also sold out of the tablet. Microsoft, however, does still show that the cheaper 64 GB Surface Pro at its own online store. Selling all available units would usually indicate strong demand, however, it remains unclear exactly how many units Microsoft had available.

Business Insider reports that some posts online indicate that Best Buy and Staples locations had only a few Surface Pro tablets in stock while some locations had no stock at all. Posts to the official Surface blog also indicate that there were few tablets to be had.

One post read, "Tried every outlet that Microsoft released the Surface Pro. Cannot get my hands on the 128 GB version. My local Staples and Best Buy stores ( 2 of each ) had 2 64 GB versions for sale each and ran out by 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 9 and had no 128 GB versions at all. What is wrong with you guys at Microsoft?"

If customers are looking to score a good deal on the less capable Surface RT, Staples is offering a decent deal. Customers can now get the tablet with a $75 discount from Staples using special coupon code 99279.

Sources: Business Insider, Virtual Pants, SlickDeals

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RE: Large Stock
By Da W on 2/11/2013 2:08:12 PM , Rating: 3
I logged at future shop online at 8am and there were 14 units left. Went to refill my cofee, hit refresh and there was none left. That's 14 units per 2 minutes, you do the maths.

I got mine from Microsoft store at around 11 a.m. (took time to make my mind). It was reported sold out soon after. So i guess they had quite a few.

Oh yeah, for those asking, EVERY GODDAM pc game and console game made before 2006, it can run. (yes NES, SNES, MAME emulator and old retro pc games). That's what i'll use it for besides work. I'm sure every good android & iOS game will soon be ported to Windows 8, and it will run flawlessly. It's the most powerful tablet on the market by far, it will take 3 years for ARM tablets to catch up.

RE: Large Stock
By Shadowself on 2/11/2013 2:48:38 PM , Rating: 2
You can draw any trend line you want through a single data point (you).

RE: Large Stock
By invidious on 2/12/2013 9:47:17 AM , Rating: 4
I don't understand why everyone is lining up to be first in line to hate on x86 tablets. Any real computer enthusiast has been wanting this device for the last 20 years. This device isn't perfect but its a great start. I will be buying a x86 tablet some time in the next year and I am looking forward to how this tablet spurs OEMs into gear to deliver a more gaming oriented version.

RE: Large Stock
By mcnabney on 2/11/13, Rating: -1
RE: Large Stock
By invidious on 2/12/2013 10:09:49 AM , Rating: 4
The fact that you would use angry birds as an arguing point on the utility of an x86 tablets is just laughable, on several levels.

RE: Large Stock
By kmmatney on 2/11/2013 6:46:52 PM , Rating: 2
Those retro games re all you'll have disk space for! Hopefully you got the 128MB version.

I can also play NES, MAME, and emulators on my iPad, along with a Wii controller, but you can only do this if you Jailbreak.

I'm a frequent traveler (made Premier 1K on United last year!) and I like the idea of a surface tablet, but I really need a bigger screen to work on while I'm on the road.

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