Surprise! Windows 8 BUILD tablets end up on eBay

When Microsoft made the announcement that they were giving out Windows 8 tablets to developers at the BUILD conference, it was only a matter of time before some of them went up for sale on eBay.

If you absolutely must get your hands on one, you now have the option of purchasing them off of eBay; but expect to pay a hefty premium for the device. There are at least two of the devices currently up on eBay with a bid for $2700 on one of the auctions.

Neowin also got its hands on this tablet, you can read the preview here.

The tablets, while highly desired, were only issued to BUILD attendees. At this time, the tablets are not available for general public purchase, which is a shame, as they would most likely sell well considering how many individuals would love to load up Windows 8 on a tablet.

The device itself is rather intriguing, running a Core i5 cpu, 4GB of RAM, 64 GB SSD, its spec list reads more like a laptop than a tablet, which is what Microsoft had most likely intended.

When coupled with the included Bluetooth keyboard and other accessories, the tablet quickly shows that it can function as a tablet, or as a full function PC.

The tablets were designed for development and testing purposes. It should be expected that the tablets were not designed for retail consumption, and as such, end user experience may vary. 

Thanks for the tip Faikee

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A very expensive toy. As long as Microsoft is focusing the Metro interface for toys, fine. But, serious PC users will be looking for a serious interface, i.e, traditional desktop.

BK201 said,
Nah, buy an X220 tablet and you are good to go. No need to spend ridiculous money on a prototype like this.

Yep and I'd much rather have the X220.
Although the DP is working nicely on my X60 Tablet, would like capactive screen though!

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
ebay will probably pull the auction on request form samsung for selling pre-release hardware

yet i think a judge already ruled in another case than selling pre-release hardware is perfectly legal. Could be wong though.

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
ebay will probably pull the auction on request form samsung for selling pre-release hardware

The physical hardware belongs to the person it was given to, I'm sure they can do what they like with it. "Selling" a pre-release OS might be dodgy though, MS have something to say about that. It's probably in the EULA that the bits are not for sale.

Nah, buy an X220 tablet and you are good to go. No need to spend ridiculous money on a prototype like this.

If it's just the tablet, it's kind of steep.

Include the USB key with the preview bits of Visual Studio Ultimate 11 and the AT&T SIM and I'll start bidding !!!

Or wait until Oct 2nd when the Samsung Series 7 is available for 1099$ or 1299$ w/ all the accessories. Sure, it wont have the fancy pants 3G or the motion stuff - but it will be the same device with a warranty. I'm sure everyone on this website has already downloaded the Dev preview anyway.

MemphisNET said,
....

Not all of us can test NFC apps or the fancy pants 3g stuff, which is the intent of the device.

Working with NEW sensors to get apps built that will take advantage of future hardware capabilitites.

There are many developers who would be willing to pay for these, because we weren't able to attend BUILD.

Huh? Why would you want to sell it? (Well... Other than for quick money. ) If I had one, I wouldn't sell it to anyone.

Plus, you'll probably be able to get them next year for a quarter of that price.

Meph said,
Huh? Why would you want to sell it? (Well... Other than for quick money. ) If I had one, I wouldn't sell it to anyone.

Plus, you'll probably be able to get them next year for a quarter of that price.

Because he must have loved metro on the tablet "That much"

Meph said,
Huh? Why would you want to sell it? (Well... Other than for quick money. ) If I had one, I wouldn't sell it to anyone.

Plus, you'll probably be able to get them next year for a quarter of that price.


Hence, he sold it so he can buy four next year.

MS should of just leased these out, and have them returned in a year when win8 is out... that would of prevented this, but also gave you a dev device to play with until the market has them out

"which is a shame, as they would most likely sell well considering how many individuals would love to load up Windows 8 on a tablet."

Then be promptly returned, since the OS isn't even beta yet and isn't ready for standard consumer release.

Disgusting me me me attitude, Microsoft gives them away for free and people turn around and sell them instantly on ebay, i hope the person gets banned from any future Microsoft conferences/events.

TheLegendOfMart said,
Disgusting me me me attitude, Microsoft gives them away for free and people turn around and sell them instantly on ebay, i hope the person gets banned from any future Microsoft conferences/events.
While they're "given", the ticket price is made up with the price of the gift in mind. Why do you think tickets to these things cost over $2000

Rudy said,
While they're "given", the ticket price is made up with the price of the gift in mind. Why do you think tickets to these things cost over $2000

I was under the impression that the registration cost to BUILD was $150, not $2000

Sraf said,
I was under the impression that the registration cost to BUILD was $150, not $2000

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
That was to hold your spot. Full confereence price was much more.

Rudy said,
While they're "given", the ticket price is made up with the price of the gift in mind. Why do you think tickets to these things cost over $2000

If they cant afford it then dont go to the conference, the whole point of giving these machines out is for developers to have a reference platform to start developing metro apps, not so they can just sell them on ebay.

Sraf said,

I was under the impression that the registration cost to BUILD was $150, not $2000


No, it was $1,500. And $500 for students.

s3n4te said,
$2700, not bad.

especially when 8 will likely RTM next spring or summer and therefore we are less than a year away from spending $500 (arm) on up to $1200 (x86/x64 intel&amd) for a tablet. No where near the $3000 this thing could sell for. Stupid.

also my understanding was that this build tablet was based on the Samsung series 7 slate PC, which was already available or soon would be. Just buy that, download the DP and install it.

Nexus- said,
also my understanding was that this build tablet was based on the Samsung series 7 slate PC, which was already available or soon would be. Just buy that, download the DP and install it.

that's exactly what I thought. in fact, I went on eBay to see if Samsung series 7 slate PC tablets available already and saw this (highly overpriced BUILD tablets).