Best Buy to start selling Surface online today; in some stores Sunday

As we reported on Tuesday, Microsoft has decided to unleash the hounds and allow its Surface tablet with Windows RT to be sold in outlets besides its own Microsoft Store locations. In the US, Staples is supposed to start selling the tablet today.

Now, Best Buy has confirmed it will also start selling the Surface tablet on its website beginning later today. The retailer's website already has a landing page for the Surface RT tablet, but it's showing a "coming soon" logo at the moment. Orders for the tablet should start to be accepted on the landing page around 1 pm Eastern time today.

In addition, Maximum PC reports that Best Buy will begin to sell Surface with Windows RT at "select retail and Mobile specialty stores" starting on Sunday, December 16th. There's no list of which stores will have Surface in stock so you might want to check with your local Best Buy outlet to see if they will be selling the tablet.

This is good news for frequent Best Buy customers who are members of its Reward Zone program and who might have accumulated enough purchases to get a coupon from the company. They could use that coupon to slightly reduce the price of buying Surface.

Source: Maximum PC | Image via Best Buy

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One question. How much crapware? I can't wait to find out. Hopefully MS decided to not allow that. That would be a major step in the right direction, I'm not banking on it though.

This is going to loead to a bunch of sales. However my question is, did Microosft hold off making them avail ot retailers because they dint have enough to go around? Forcing Microsoft Store sales only meant that limit sales would even happen period.

So maybe now that they have more avail, they can now offer them via retailers like Best Buy?
Perfect timing too, just in time for Christmas.

I'm waiting for the Pro model. I am hoping they release an i7 version.

I think the MS store was to initially combat the ATT effect they saw with WP7 to ensure the first experience was a good one and not a distorted glance before being pushed onto a competing product.

West coast Staples are first to get stock, per my local Staples manager in Tampa. I went today and saw nothing. :-/ I saw the Ativ Win8 tablet though.

I hope they lower prices of touch covers to $79 and allow people to mix and match Surface units with different colored covers. I don't understand why MS doesn't get this idea, maybe it was a production issue.

mrdeezus said,
I hope they lower prices of touch covers to $79 and allow people to mix and match Surface units with different colored covers. I don't understand why MS doesn't get this idea, maybe it was a production issue.

I read they are cheap to make. $50 would seem more sensible to me. $120 is outrageous.

b10h4z4rd said,
I hope my local Best Buy gets some in, I really want to see what the look and feel like in person.

I hope the demo units are configured properly. At the Microsoft Store, all demo units are logged into the demo account, with demo emails and contacts. I assume they reset the units back to the clean demo configuration every day.

Will Best Buy do the same? Or will they let the units deteriorate as people play with them and screw up the settings?

Pretty sure they'll do the same, at least to begin with.

Eventually Best Buy will install their own demo application advertising Geek Squad, BBY Credit Card, etc.

went in last night to see if they had any and they tried to convince me to forget it and buy an ipad or an android tablet. after I told im I sold my ipad to get a surface I thought his head would explode.

you know what side i'm on usually

but i'm sad to hear you got a bad experience.
more often than not I've found retail pc related experiences to be horrendous
and for one reason.. morons at <insert name> store who think they are experts..
these people shouldn't be biased and should be trying to help give you what you came for and not talking you out of what you want.

if i was a store employee and someone wanted Win8 / Surface i would give it to em .
my personal opinion doesn't matter the customers does ..

Ah, they just want to sell something and if its not in store they can't do that.

Can't say I didn't get the same treatment when I was in though, which was less forgivable in my mind since I was there to look at the touch ultrabooks. The tablet zombies kept pawing at me. I asked where the touch MacBook Air was (or when they would copy that feature) and saw a similar head swelling reaction.

I am Not PCyr said,
you know what side i'm on usually

but i'm sad to hear you got a bad experience.
more often than not I've found retail pc related experiences to be horrendous
and for one reason.. morons at <insert name> store who think they are experts..
these people shouldn't be biased and should be trying to help give you what you came for and not talking you out of what you want.

if i was a store employee and someone wanted Win8 / Surface i would give it to em .
my personal opinion doesn't matter the customers does ..

Actually one of the reasons for this may be down to the salesmen having to meet a certain quota of sails with different brands, and have to try and balance the flow of units of different devices and models (no matter their flaws and quirks) wile at the same time trying to get you something that meats your needs. That is how a friend of mine that works at Currys explained it to me anyway.

If you notice that a salesman is being particularly biased towards a particular brand, and does not back down when you tell him that you're not interested, this is usually considered as bad practice and you can complain about it to the retail store.

Pumped for JBHIFI launch in Aus want to see more people adopting Windows 8, specifically RT so we can convince devs it's a worthy platform!

What is going on with their branding these days. The group is called Dixons Retail but that brand has disappeared from their stores and they have the shops jointly called PC World / Currys. They really need to consolidate and have a single brand.