TechEd 2013: Surface deal is a success

A few days ago we told you that you could get a Surface RT or Surface Pro for pennies on the dollar if you were willing to attend Microsoft’s TechEd conference in New Orleans. While there was a lot of excitement about the announcement, we underestimated just how much people wanted to cash in on the latest Microsoft tablet offer.

After checking in, we went to stand in the Surface line. Unfortunately, the line wrapped all around the conference hall and there was no indication on how long it would take. It turns out that it took more than an hour before we could finally see the main queuing area, and then another hour before we were actually in that queuing area.

When we finally made our way to the front of the line, we were handed a form to select which tablets we were interested in, along with being given the option to purchase accessories. The Surface RT had no options in touch covers: Everyone received the black one. Somewhat surprisingly, the 64GB Surface Pro and both the 32GB and 64GB Surface RT (without touch covers) were not available for sale.

After two and a half hours, we finally made it to the cashier and purchased both the Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets. If we had known how long it would take, we probably would've waited until later in the week, but in hindsight, it was fun talking with other attendees who we shared the experience with.

So tell us, did you wait in the long line at the New Orleans convention center for your pair of Surface tablets, or did you do the smart thing and plan on waiting until later in the week once everyone else has already purchased theirs?

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