Quick Note: Microsoft Offers iPad Users $200 to Trade-in for a Surface Tablet
September 13, 2013 12:22 PM
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Microsoft really wants you to switch from the iPad to Surface
Microsoft has decided to aggressively target iPad users in an attempt to get them to convert to its own Surface RT or Surface Pro tablets. The Redmond, Washington-based software giant says that users who bring in a "gently used" iPad 2, iPad 3, or iPad 4 will get at least a $200 gift card to the Microsoft store.
Microsoft doesn't specifically say that gift card has to be used for a Surface RT or
tablet. However, right after offering the $200 gift card for the iPad Microsoft does take the opportunity to mention that the Surface RT is available starting at $349 while the Surface Pro is available starting at $799.
The special offer is valid from September 5 until October 27, 2013 and is valid at select Microsoft retail stores in the U.S. and Canada. The offer is not available online so if you don't have a Microsoft Store nearby you're out of luck.
To be eligible for the trade-in the iPad must include the power cord and the device can't be password-protected.
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9/13/2013 3:09:36 PM
Ebay has a "show only completed listings" option you can use to quickly check the market price (though incomplete Buy It Now listings still show up and have to be filtered out manually).
Looks like market price for a first gen iPad is about $150, iPad 2 is $250, and iPad 3 $300. The range for the first gen iPad is about $100-$170, so there's room to make some money if you were planning to buy a Surface tablet. I suppose you could also buy iPads to flip them to people buying a Surface tablet (buy off eBay, stand outside the Microsoft Store in a trenchcoat and whisper "Pssst, wanna buy an iPad?").
9/13/2013 4:41:27 PM
"The Redmond, Washington-based software giant says that users who bring in a "gently used" iPad 2, iPad 3, or iPad 4 will get at least a $200 gift card to the Microsoft store."
Nowhere in that does it mention the 1st generation iPad.
9/16/2013 10:53:06 PM
It also says at least $200. Not exactly $200.
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