128 GB Microsoft Surface Pro is fourth in tablet sales on Best Buy

On Sunday, we mentioned that while you can try to go to your local Best Buy store to get the 128 GB version of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet, your chances of finding one on store shelves are slim. A quick check of Best Buy's website in the US shows that only a handful of the company's retail stores carry the $999 version of the Windows 8 Pro tablet.

Even though there's not a lot of the 128 GB tablet to go around, that has not stopped it from having a solid position on Best Buy's website in terms of sales. A check of the site shows that the more expensive Surface Pro is currently fourth on the tablet sales list. Keep in mind that the Surface Pro is not available for online shipping from Best Buy; you can only get the tablet if you buy it online and then travel to your local Best Buy store, again if they have it available.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the regular Kindle Fire all beat the 128 GB Surface Pro tablet in sales, and all are much cheaper than Microsoft's tablet. Significantly, Best Buy shows that the tablet currently beats the iPad from Apple.

The 32 GB Surface RT is currently 13th on Best Buy's tablet sales list, and the same tablet with the Touch Cover is 14th on that list.

Source: Best Buy | Image via Best Buy
Via: Microsoft-News.com

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Uh, I wonder how many phones MS would sell if they had 20+_ different models(or copycats) in stores like android has.
The only ****ed up thing about the pro is availability.

Not true. I own a surface pro 128g and it is a great device. I don't have to boost my ego. My only complaint is the way the stylus pen is stored.

RangerLG said,
Can companies stop calling storage "Memory"?

Agree. And these are electronics/IT companies. I mean memory is supposed to be either RAM or ROM. Hard Disks are not memory but storage. This is annoying as nobody these days like to use the correct nomenclature.

for all the people who state that the best selling feature doesn't actually sort by best selling, im sorry to tell you that it actually does. ive seen products start on the last pages and keep moving up towards the top day after day. this isn't alphabetical,or random placement.

LOL this article is so dumb... you can't sort by sales on their website. While yes there's a "Bestselling" filter, it doesn't reflect actual sales, just as Nas pointed above. They also are not even the same category of products lol.

WP phones were continually on the top of the Amazon best seller lists, but sold very little. The Surface RT sold poorly, the Surface Pro may do better, but these lists have no meaning and do not represent large numbers of sales.

PenguinNeo said,
WP phones were continually on the top of the Amazon best seller lists, but sold very little. The Surface RT sold poorly, the Surface Pro may do better, but these lists have no meaning and do not represent large numbers of sales.

this is totally different.

people shop on amazon because they likely know what theyre buying. a lot of people buying from carrier stores usually aren't looking for a specific phone and get sold whatever suits their price range,and whatever the sales associate pushes on them.

surface pro is different. you have to prefer the product before buying it,and it is selling well at bestbuy,which is 1 of 3 places you can get it. if its selling at best buy,its selling at staples and Microsoft stores.

It's 5x the price point. The real story is that Surface Pro is outselling the Nexus 7 at 5x the price! That to me is shocking.

petrolly said,
It's 5x the price point. The real story is that Surface Pro is outselling the Nexus 7 at 5x the price! That to me is shocking.

BB doesn't sell the Nexus7, brains.

petrolly said,
It's 5x the price point. The real story is that Surface Pro is outselling the Nexus 7 at 5x the price! That to me is shocking.

Ignoring the alphabetical listing, I will be getting a Surface Pro. Why? N7, iPad, etc don't meet my work needs. I need a REAL computer (not a consumption device - which I have in my Note 2). Full fledged office, SQL Server Management Studio, Visual Studio, other assorted tools and business apps not found on "toys".

I love my Android Phone... I even enjoyed the iPhone I had before it (even if I hate Apple)... but they aren't business class devices.

If you need a 'real' computer, then why not just get a laptop that can do everything better, faster and cheaper?

Honestly, all this talk of 'real' computers and 'real work'. If this is truly the case, then there is no need to buy a tablet, as touch input is just a gimmick if you're really into doing real work.

LOL since when is coming in 4th on BestBuy.com worthy of devoting an article to?
This metric is as meaningless as it gets.

Oh thats right, when Microsoft writes big checks for 'banner ads' *wink wink*

Sorry, this post is bunk.

In case you haven't noticed, they are listed in ALPHABETICAL order based on the product NAME (e.g. Galaxy, Kindle, Surface)... based on the list of devices considered popular/best-selling. The nabi2 isn't far behind...

Funny, even sorting the list by "New Arrivals" also ranks the 128GB Surface Pro as 4th... and the nabi2 is considered "newer" than the 1-week-old Surface Pro.

What next? That the nabi2 is a superior tablet than the Surface Pro (a slate-shaped PC).

Good catch. Besides, this is just semantic nonsense--among all "tablets" is how this is framed. Is Surface Pro a "tablet" only? Really? It's also nearly a full-on desktop PC equivalent for most scenarios.

Nas said,
Sorry, this post is bunk.

In case you haven't noticed, they are listed in ALPHABETICAL order based on the product NAME (e.g. Galaxy, Kindle, Surface)... based on the list of devices considered popular/best-selling. The nabi2 isn't far behind...

Funny, even sorting the list by "New Arrivals" also ranks the 128GB Surface Pro as 4th... and the nabi2 is considered "newer" than the 1-week-old Surface Pro.

What next? That the nabi2 is a superior tablet than the Surface Pro (a slate-shaped PC).

that is the biggest crock of ****. it isn't alphabetical. after the surface pro, there is another Galaxy tab, then there is IPAD.

the second thing is,look at the list. it makes sense. go to the farther pages. the more expensive ipads are there,same with some calculator, some cheap POS android tablets,

vcfan said,

that is the biggest crock of ****. it isn't alphabetical. after the surface pro, there is another Galaxy tab, then there is IPAD.

the second thing is,look at the list. it makes sense. go to the farther pages. the more expensive ipads are there,same with some calculator, some cheap POS android tablets,


Honestly, I thought about it... but the fact is, nobody knows the criteria used by BestBuy to render these results.

If they have an official distribution deal, but no physical inventory, then would consumer interest be part of the equation for popularity? Do the rankings include brick-and-mortar sales or only online? Do they include partnership distributions (as part of rewards programs) or just proprietary sales? Do consumer rewards play any role in the rankings of popularity? Do back-orders count?

Lots of question, no clear understanding of which factors influence "most popular" or "best selling" rankings. So, unless otherwise clarified, these sorts of listings are still bunk.

Nas said,

Honestly, I thought about it... but the fact is, nobody knows the criteria used by BestBuy to render these results.

If they have an official distribution deal, but no physical inventory, then would consumer interest be part of the equation for popularity? Do the rankings include brick-and-mortar sales or only online? Do they include partnership distributions (as part of rewards programs) or just proprietary sales? Do consumer rewards play any role in the rankings of popularity? Do back-orders count?

Lots of question, no clear understanding of which factors influence "most popular" or "best selling" rankings. So, unless otherwise clarified, these sorts of listings are still bunk.

who gives a crap. obviously all those products are included in this ranking competition,or else they wouldn't be there,and between them, the best sellers are ranked,thats all it is. you're trying very hard to try to make these results seem irrelevant,which they arent.

and nobody is saying that surface pro is actually selling more than ipad for example. yes the surface pro is ahead of ipad, but there are many different SKUs of ipads,so all of them added together would be greater than surface maybe. But a single SKU surface pro 128GB is a top seller at bestbuy,and that is fact.

I have a hard time believing that these four devices are actually competing for the same pool of buyers. Someone who just wants to play cellphone games and read e-books probably isn't feeling a pressing need to dump a thousand dollars on hardware. At the same time, someone that wants to be able to edit Powerpoint presentations and sketch stuff in Photoshop on the go already knows that the Kindle Fire is probably not going to cut it.

Relativity_17 said,
I have a hard time believing that these four devices are actually competing for the same pool of buyers. Someone who just wants to play cellphone games and read e-books probably isn't feeling a pressing need to dump a thousand dollars on hardware. At the same time, someone that wants to be able to edit Powerpoint presentations and sketch stuff in Photoshop on the go already knows that the Kindle Fire is probably not going to cut it.

Of course they are not in the same pool. Which makes the Surface Pro the best selling high-end productivity tablet at Best Buy. It will be interesting to see how the Surface Pro does. A lot of managers want to walk around with tablets. The concept of actually running company software on the thing might be an attractive one. .. but first Microsoft needs to fix their Supply Chain issues.