Microsoft's Xbox One console isn't its only hardware product that's been hard to purchase online during the holiday shopping season. People who head over to the Microsoft Store website looking to buy the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets will be disappointed.
The site currently shows that all of the second generation Surface tablets are "out of stock", one week before Christmas. In fact, that's been the situation for the past several days. We have reported on the scarcity of the new Surface models in the past but it looks like the situation on the Microsoft Store site has gotten worse, not better.
We tried to contact Microsoft to find out how many of the new Surface tablets have been sold since pre-orders began in September, but as usual, a company spokesperson would not comment on sales figures. As far as making more of the tablets available for sale before Christmas, we received this rather generic response from Microsoft:
Our primary goal is to get Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 and new Surface accessories into the hands of all people who want the most productive tablets on the planet. The public response to date has been exciting to see and, for those eager to buy, we recommend they go to MicrosoftStore.com, Microsoft Retail Stores and third-party retailers for availability.
Online buyers might have better luck checking third party retail sites like Best Buy. At the moment, you can purchase all of the new Surface tablets from their site, but only the 32 GB Surface 2 and the 64 and 128 GB Surface Pro 2 models are shown as being available for shipment right away. However, the Staples website only has the 128 GB Surface Pro 2 for sale at the moment.
If you really want to buy or gift the new Surface tablets for the holidays, your best best is to call a local Microsoft Store, Best Buy or Staples to see if they have any in stock or if they will be getting new models in before Christmas. At the moment, however, it definitely looks like it's going to take some time and patience to find one before December 25th.
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