eBay users offloading 128 GB Surfaces for a steep premium

Microsoft sold out of the 128 GB version of its Surface Pro tablet almost immediately on its Microsoft Store website last week, and good luck trying to buy the $999 version of the Windows 8 Pro tablet anywhere else at that price.

Microsoft is supposed to have more of the 128 GB version available in its stores tomorrow, along with Best Buy stores. However, there's no word on just how many units of the tablet will be made available in each location or on their websites. It's almost a certainly that the supply will continue to be well behind the demand for this version of the tablet for some time to come.

It's not a shock to learn that a number of sellers on eBay have decided to take advantage of this current situation and sell the currently scarce 128 GB Surface Pro tablet at much higher prices than $999. A quick check on eBay shows quite a few auction listings for the Surface Pro. The bid prices range from $1,150 to as high as $1,625 and some "Buy it Now" prices are even higher.

Of course, you could get the cheaper 64 GB Surface Pro version; there seems to be no shortage of those $899 tablets at the moment.

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Oh my gosh. The hula-hoop, Cabbage Patch doll, and Furby frenzy all over again. Just with higher (read, much more expensive) stakes.

Theres only 3 units that have any actual bids, only 2 that have more than 1 bid....the rest are just sitting with 0 bids

I'm not surprised, there are plenty of people who do pay those prices, some, just out of lazyness, and not going to preorder. I say good luck to you, if you can get someone to actually pay that. Next week it'll be the next gen games consoles.

It's about as hilarious as when Hostess went out of business and almost immediately..there were people selling boxes of Twinkies on Ebay for a minimum bid of $1,000.

P.T. Barnum was right...there's a sucker born every minute.

Eh why not. I listed my extra Surface Pro and Type Cover that I was going to send back to Microsoft. Probably won't make as much as the others but something is something

I have two. I bought one from Microsoft but then noticed that Best Buy listed it a few hours later Saturday. I called Microsoft to cancel. They said it went through. Next day it shipped. I was going to send it back but might as well try to sell

Rudy said,
eBay listings doesnt ean people are actually paying that much for them though

uhhh... in a very rare case, the bid could be dropped.

But in any case, what they bid is what they are paying.

Rudy said,
eBay listings doesnt ean people are actually paying that much for them though

This one is an auction whose current price is $1,625 with 1 day and 16 hours left. That means it will probably go UP in price before it ends. So yeah, someone is probably going to pay at least $1,625 for that one.

Most of the time with "wanted" items like that it's the seller trying to inflate the price and in the end unless someone bids higher the "purchase" will just be cancelled.

Rudy said,
Most of the time with "wanted" items like that it's the seller trying to inflate the price and in the end unless someone bids higher the "purchase" will just be cancelled.

Have you ever used eBay before? People bid on the item, and they will be paying that much for it. Unless you think somehow the seller made multiple accounts to inflate the price. You're grasping at straws.

siah1214 said,

Have you ever used eBay before? People bid on the item, and they will be paying that much for it. Unless you think somehow the seller made multiple accounts to inflate the price. You're grasping at straws.

Nobody could possibly want to pay that much for a Microsoft product! /s

siah1214 said,

Have you ever used eBay before? People bid on the item, and they will be paying that much for it. Unless you think somehow the seller made multiple accounts to inflate the price. You're grasping at straws.
Yea, I've used it enough to know about the tricks people will go through to sell their junk for more than it's worth

Enron said,

Nobody could possibly want to pay that much for a Microsoft product! /s

The issue here is not the name of the company but paying 50% premium for an item you can get at regular price in a week or two... It is not a Limited Edition or something unique.
When I bought my first Tablet, a Toshiba 3500, there were availability issues and CompUSA was running a scam: they were selling an unit only if you were buying the extended coverage offered by them; I refused, ordered from Toshiba and, thanks God considering as CompUSA ended, with a Toshiba extended,coverage.

Who the F### would pay over $1500 for a Surface? People are more dumb that what my parents taught me to see. Yes, having a tablet is convenient but $1600 can get you a beast of a portable machine that would run circles around the surface.

JHBrown said,
Who the F### would pay over $1500 for a Surface? People are more dumb that what my parents taught me to see. Yes, having a tablet is convenient but $1600 can get you a beast of a portable machine that would run circles around the surface.

enthusiasts I would assume, lucky for the seller that their is a shortage.
Reminds me of how much the z10 was going up for at start.

JHBrown said,
Who the F### would pay over $1500 for a Surface? People are more dumb that what my parents taught me to see. Yes, having a tablet is convenient but $1600 can get you a beast of a portable machine that would run circles around the surface.

peoples paid ~$1500 for Iphone when it first come out, so what is different with Surface Pro? why cant they do that?

I'm sure there's idiots out there that'd pay higher too.
It's not like they're a hard item to get though, it's not a limited edition.
Personally I think the original price is way to high as is.

Torolol said,
simply put, those who put their surfaces on eBay actualy doesn't even need their surfaces.

And those people willing to pay $1625 for a Surface?

Torolol said,
simply put, those who put their surfaces on eBay actualy doesn't even need their surfaces.

or perhaps they were smart enough to sell them at a premium.

ok now he has added the correction of shortage I get it now.
I thought there wasn't any of the lesser models, so although storage was a strange word, it did make sense to me.
Now i see


Of course, you could get the cheaper 64 GB Surface Pro version; there seems to be no storage [shortage] of those $899 tablets at the moment.


It's not a shock to learn that a number of seller[s] on eBay have...

what's wrong with that?
edit: I'm talking about the "storage" part not the 199/999 error that razorfold mentioned

Guth said,
what's wrong with that?

It makes no sense, thats what. It's meant to say theres no shortage of the 64GB Surface Pro, as you can actually buy them. So how does the the word "storage" make any sense.

looks like fools bidding up the price, not the sellers fault.

Situation normal with newbies and auctions paying more than something is worth.

looks like fools bidding up the price, not the sellers fault.

Situation normal with newbies and auctions paying more than something is worth.

looks like fools bidding up the price, not the sellers fault.

Situation normal with newbies and auctions paying more than something is worth.