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TMCNet:  Microsoft tablet shortage: Hoarders cashing on [Hardware] [Times of India]

[February 20, 2013]

Microsoft tablet shortage: Hoarders cashing on [Hardware] [Times of India]

(Times of India Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Microsoft Surface Pro - the tablet running on the version of Windows 8 - was launched in the US and Canada on February 9 and its 128GB variant soon went out of stock. While some many analysts believe that this is Microsoft's strategy to show the device's popularity, others believe that the inventory was low due as manufacturers did not expect to sell too many units. However, whatever may be the reason, there are some who seems to be cashing on this shortage.


According to a report in technology website CNET, the 128GB Microsoft Surface Pro is being hoarded by early buyers and being sold on eBay in a bid to make a quick buck. A seller - who has 10 units of the device in stock - is offering it for $1,300, even though it is officially priced at $999. The report says that there are other retailers who are selling it at a hefty price of $1,399 and $1,499. The device is currently not available at retail chains like Best Buy and Staples as well as Microsoft's own stores.

On February 15, Microsoft announced that it will be taking pre-orders for Surface Pro. However, the units will not be shipped for at least another two to three weeks, and even this inventory will be limited.

Microsoft Surface Pro has a 10.6-inch ClearType full HD touchscreen and runs on Windows 8. Powered by a third-generation Intel core i5 processor with 4GB RAM, this device runs all apps meant for Windows 7 and 8 operating systems. Connectivity features of this tablet include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and it lacks cellular connectivity for internet on-the-go. The device has HD cameras in the front as well as back and is powered by a 42W-h battery.

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