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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9/19/2013 11:40:36 PM
You realize that some things aren't too good to be true but appropriate for the situation? I never said you're going to find a $25 iPad and it was obtained legally. But say 16gb iPad 2's are $200 on eBay how do you know it didn't "fall off a truck"? But that's another story let's get to the situation differences... That $200 iPad on eBay most likely is getting paid through PayPal who demands a % fee, the eBay listing had a fee, there are shipping costs and materials, you have to go out of your way to ship, and payment or transfer to your bank account isn't immediate... So many people, including myself, would rather sell the same item for $175 cash same day out my front door than $200 on eBay. In the end I get to keep almost the same amount but cl offers instant gratification for both buyer and seller. There are many people like this who lower their price on cl because it doesn't come with fees, it's easier, some sellers don't know the true value of their items, many sellers will negotiate their price while that isn't the case on eBay, and yes some might be ill-gotten goods but the same could be said for eBay where you might be paying more for your back of the truck iPad. No shopping portal where individuals list items are safe.
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