Best Buy currently selling Surface RT for as low as $299

The holiday shopping season may be over but there are still some deep discounts to be found on select electronics items, if you know where to look. For example, Best Buy is currently holding a tablet sale where several products have received price cuts, including the Surface RT.

Best Buy, along with Microsoft, has already cut the price of the 128GB Surface Pro down to just $599. However, Best Buy also has reduced the cost of the 32GB Surface RT to $299, while the 64GB version can be bought for $329 at the moment. By comparison, the Microsoft Store has the 32GB Surface RT priced currently at $349 (although it's out of stock at the moment) and the 64GB version at $379.

As we have mentioned before, Microsoft seems to have a supply issue with the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 products. Most models of those tablets are not available for sale at Microsoft's own store site other retailers are having a hard time getting new units to sell as well.

Best Buy has a number of older tablets on sale at the moment besides the Surface RT, including the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for $139.99, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD for as low as $119.99 and the more recent Lenovo Miix 2 8-inch tablet for $249.99.

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WhatTheSchmidt said,
[Apple was] doing it to make their devices affordable for their users, and that hid on their bottom line was worth it for sales.
Apple is well known for turning large profits on their hardware due to legendary supply chaining, and relatively high prices. I do not believe that Apple took so much of a hit with the original iPhone price's drop, rather I believe that Apple simply made a more reasonable profit per phone.

After all, the initial iPhone was $499 and $599, which required one to purchase the phone outright on AT&T, and it was not much more than the original iPod touch with poor cellular functionality plus a speaker. Both were certainly nice for their time, but I would never believe that Apple was taking a bottomline hit on the iPhone (or anything for that matter) unless I saw internal numbers.

WhatTheSchmidt said,

Something else - can you provide any evidence about this supposed price drop thing that Apple requires?

Google it. It's in the carrier contracts that Apple signs as well.

stevan said,

Google it. It's in the carrier contracts that Apple signs as well.

So you throw out some random "fact" that I or no one has ever heard of before, but it is my responsibility to prove you are correct.

I did Bing it, and all I saw was results such as "AT&T Makes Rare iPhone 5 Price Drop"
(I also tried Google with the same search query, but it just tried to sell me stuff)

WhatTheSchmidt said,

We see prices of products change all the time without a change in Apple products. When the Lumia 920 was introduced, AT&T dropped the price about a month later. People here on Neowin started chanting "Fire Sale" while the price of iPhones stayed the same. And if prices of an iPhone are fixed to the price of a competitor's phone, then that sounds like price fixing to me, not to mention that Apple seems worried about their competitors.

The original iPhone price was dropped substantially because nobody wanted to buy one and to clear out inventory, Apple was in the very same spot. But don't criticize Apple for that, they were doing it to make their devices affordable for their users, and that hid on their bottom line was worth it for sales.

You forgot to mention that when Apple slashed the price of the original iPhone by $200, people who had bought the phone cried foul, while others chanted fire sale, so it's not like they got a free pass. The rest of the paragraph was you setting up your straw man.

benthebear said,

You forgot to mention that when Apple slashed the price of the original iPhone by $200, people who had bought the phone cried foul, while others chanted fire sale, so it's not like they got a free pass. The rest of the paragraph was you setting up your straw man.

1) a couple times you have complained that I would find a few random people on the internet who made such accusations, and then act like everyone did it. Are you not doing the same here, claiming people claimed foul, while others chanted firesale? But I guess it is fine for you to do it, but others can't.
2) the claim was that retailers are forced to lower the price of the iPhone based on other devices being on sale. I asked for proof, and then provided proof that it is not the case. But if you want to claim it is a straw man, and ignore information, then that is you.

I tried a friends Surface and it just wasn't for me. It's a sleek and fast device though. I went a treated myself to an iPad. What's funny is that once my buddy played with the iPad, he returned his surface and bought one as well.

One thing though, my iPad makes my iPhones screen look so small.

Of all the people I know, every single one of them was a Mac user. Then, last week I showed them my PC. The next day they all threw their Macs in the trash, and went out and bought a new PC with Win8.1 on them. Even though PCs have been around for years, they had no idea how a PC worked but when I showed it to them, their eyes were opened.

This story is absolutely 100% true. And my experiences can be extrapolated to every single person and computer user.

TAKEITBILL said,
Well, if you looking for cheaper alternative this is a deal. You know the price of IPAD with 64GB.

Ipad has 3g/4g already

The price is getting closer to reflecting the real value/utility of the device. This can be the family's computer for the kids and those who want to play games, with the laptop or desktop as the family's computer for the adults.

TsarNikky said,
The price is getting closer to reflecting the real value/utility of the device. This can be the family's computer for the kids and those who want to play games, with the laptop or desktop as the family's computer for the adults.

Really? We get it that you hate Windows, but seriously, c'mon man. I must be doing something seriously wrong then in using mine as a productivity device.

TsarNikky said,
The price is getting closer to reflecting the real value/utility of the device. This can be the family's computer for the kids and those who want to play games, with the laptop or desktop as the family's computer for the adults.

I agree. I would have a Dell Venue 8 Pro or a Lenovo Miix2 anyday over the Surface. Full desktop but runs metro apps. And has 9-10 hour battery life =). And now they are like the same price...

On the contrary. I have been using Windows since 3.0. It is just that Microsoft showed extreme arrogance when they decided to not give users the choice of UI--even though MS was forcing one UI on two widely separate form factors.

TsarNikky said,
On the contrary. I have been using Windows since 3.0. It is just that Microsoft showed extreme arrogance when they decided to not give users the choice of UI--even though MS was forcing one UI on two widely separate form factors.

What? How do you do that on devices that use a wide range of input methods? Again, that argument makes no sense. The only arrogance here is from comments like these. They did an excellent job at unifying the platform to make it available on a wider range of hardware. Sad to see it being picked apart by trolls - Even when the desktop is still there to use.

Me too - it was a bargain at that price, and I just picked up a touch cover using a gift card for most of the cost. Got myself a nice ultraportable computer with detachable/optional keyboard for $225 total!

At $299 they should just call it Office portable. If a user isn't a heavy Office user, then the $299 sales price is still way too high. The whole Surface line is not successful at all. The price point to compete with the Android and iPad tablets is $199 for this machine. Without (free) Office, Surface RT is plain and simple "the half-brother" of Web OS.

What Microsoft needs to do, instead of bashing Google and Android, is be a loss leader for their computing hardware, then....THEN.....renovate their entire play and entertainment ecosystem.

Hmm.. the rest of the world is still given a nice pile of warm sh*t. If you look at those discounts, you would think people on planet earth only live in the country of the glorious united states, there are no people anywhere else.

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