Since the beginning of the year, Microsoft has been running money-off promotions on its Surface Pro 3 every few weeks, both in the US and the UK, typically offering up to $150 USD / £150 GBP off the full price of its high-end tablet range.
Last week, Microsoft was offering up to £200 off the Pro 3 in the UK, but that offer has since expired. But if you can't wait for the next round of discounts, you can still buy the device from Microsoft now at full price, and claim up to £150 cashback on the purchase.
To do so, you'll have to sign up for a free account with leading UK shopping network Quidco (an optional premium tier is also available), which boasts over 5 million members. The company's site explains in detail how cashback is processed, and how payments ultimately make their way to your bank account.
Once you've signed up, search for the Microsoft Store on Quidco.com to view the available cashback payout rates. You can earn £150 cashback when purchasing a Surface Pro 3 with Core i7 processor, or £100 for a Core i5 model (and cashback is also available on other Store purchases). If you buy a Pro 3 i7, Microsoft itself will also give you a free £50 store voucher.
Click on one of the 'get cashback' links on Quidco; this will open the Microsoft Store site in a new tab, where you can buy your new Surface Pro 3 as normal. The purchase will be tracked in the browser, and the transaction should be visible on your Quidco account within a day or so. After that, it's just a case of waiting for Quidco to receive its cut from the sale, so that the cashback can then be paid out to you.
Of course, this is hardly as convenient as a simple money-off discount at the checkout, but it is an alternative option for those who aren't keen on paying full price. Be aware, however, that you'll only be able to take advantage of those Microsoft Store payout rates from Quidco until September 23.