Acer offers Windows 8 upgrade rebate ... but not for US

We have been keeping track of PC makers and retailers who are offering people who buy a new Windows 7 PC a way to get a refund for Microsoft's $14.99 Windows 8 upgrade charge. So far, we have identified that the world's biggest PC maker, HP, is indeed offering a such a program for the US and Canada. Smaller PC makers such as Falcon Northwest and Maingear have a similar offer, and the Staples retail chain is giving people who buy a new Windows 7 PC a $15 gift card.

As it turned out, another large PC maker is indeed giving people who buy some of its products a way to get back that $14.99 Windows 8 upgrade charge back. In a press release on Acer's UK website back in July, the company said that people who purchase the Aspire S3, Aspire S5 (shown above), Aspire M3 and Aspire M5 Ultrabooks between now and January 31st, 2013 can get a refund for Microsoft's Windows 8 upgrade price.

The press release also lists the countries that are eligible for this offer, including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, and other countries in Europe, the Middle East and South Africa. However, countries in North America, such as the US and Canada, are not listed. Indeed, the press release specifically states, "Countries not included in this list are not eligible for this promotion."

We have contacted Acer to find out why the company is excluding the US and Canada from this Windows 8 promotion when other PC makers are offering the same refund in North America.

Source: Acer press release | Image via Acer

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Why is it low some 75% of offers seen here are north America only. plus in the uk the price is £14.99 even if you remove the VAT thats still nearly $20 at todays exchange rate for the same digital download.

acer is garbage, don't buy it, problem solved, It's ****ty companies like acer that make crappy hardware that makes Microsoft look bad. Microsoft should revoke their reselling privileges.

deepfunkysoul said,
acer is garbage, don't buy it, problem solved, It's ****ty companies like acer that make crappy hardware that makes Microsoft look bad. Microsoft should revoke their reselling privileges.

Thankfully businesses don't conduct themselves in such an infantile manner.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Thankfully businesses don't conduct themselves in such an infantile manner.

I take it you're one of the goats that bought an acer lol

deepfunkysoul said,
acer is garbage, don't buy it, problem solved, It's ****ty companies like acer that make crappy hardware that makes Microsoft look bad. Microsoft should revoke their reselling privileges.

Have an Acer for 7 years now running Windows 8 and doing it just fine, no problems. Only thing I did was max out the RAM to 4 GB.

deepfunkysoul said,
acer is garbage, don't buy it, problem solved, It's ****ty companies like acer that make crappy hardware that makes Microsoft look bad. Microsoft should revoke their reselling privileges.

Strange that Acer has replaced Dell as the 3rd biggest PC maker and will probably be the 2nd biggest within a year.

deepfunkysoul said,
I take it you're one of the goats that bought an acer lol

I own an acer aspire laptop and it runs perfect. No clue what your on but im guessing its trolling.

KomaWeiß said,
Wtf? No US or Canada? That's low and weak. =\

Totally agree, if they're going to do a refund offer on a digtal download (or in somecases just a key thats less text then this post... its a joke.
I'm from the UK and I'm not at all happy that acer have gone this route, its just as bad as the american only offers that normally plague the internet.

thealexweb said,

You lot get enough exclusive stuff, it's our turn


Exactly what I thought...
The US gets WAY WAY enough exciting stuff compared to well... anything non-US.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Exactly what I thought...
The US gets WAY WAY enough exciting stuff compared to well... anything non-US.

GS:mac

Indeed!

thealexweb said,

You lot get enough exclusive stuff, it's our turn

The US sure, but Canada rarely gets anything and when we do its half assed (Netflix for example)

thealexweb said,

You lot get enough exclusive stuff, it's our turn

Try having more lax laws, lower taxes, and having companies based in your country. Then we'll talk.

thealexweb said,

You lot get enough exclusive stuff, it's our turn

Try having more lax laws, lower taxes, and having companies based in your country. Then we'll talk.

thealexweb said,

You lot get enough exclusive stuff, it's our turn

Try having more lax laws, lower taxes, and having companies based in your country. Then we'll talk.