Based on the many emails I’ve received, it paid to shop early
online. I heard from several readers who purchased the 128 GB
version of the Surface Pro from Microsoft’s online store just
after midnight ET and were able to complete the sale. But those
who woke up and tried to purchase one at a normal hour were
thwarted: The Surface Pro 128 GB is now listed as “out of stock”
at the Microsoft Store and Staples. At the time of this writing,
Best Buy reports having them for sale, but readers who attempted
this purchase tell me this isn’t the case.
Those who show up at Microsoft retail store locations are
reporting “Apple-like” lines.
Maybe they should have gone 128/256 instead of 64/128 — seems like people are willing to pay for the extra storage on the Pro, and it would have helped differentiate the Pro from the Surface RT. (Would love to see some photographs of those “Apple-like lines”, though.)
Update: Virtual Pants:
My local (Northern Virginia) Microsoft store sold out in 15
minutes, which means there wasn’t much to sell. The local Best Buy
sold out too, but only received one unit. The local Staples
received and sold a whopping two units. Selling out on launch day
doesn’t mean very much when there isn’t anything to sell in the
It’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft announces opening weekend sales numbers in a few days.
★ Saturday, 9 February 2013