It’s no secret that Microsoft’s Surface tablets have few takers.
To account for the huge inventory piling up in warehouses and on shelves of its stores, Microsoft took a charge of $900 million in its last quarter.
Now Microsoft’s desperation to sell its Surface tablets has reached a new high that it’s plumbing new depths of stupidity.
So what has Microsoft done?
The company recently announced that it’ll give users who bring in their gently used iPad 2, 3 or 4 (with a power cord) a $200 Microsoft Store gift card to be used toward the purchase of a Surface Pro (starts at $349) or Surface RT (starts at $799).
Now as anyone with that appendage above the neck known as the head knows, high sales of iPads and the enormous traffic they generate on the Internet show them to be extremely popular tablets. No other tablet comes close.
I can’t fathom why anyone in their right mind would hand over their iPad to Microsoft for a measly $200 that’ll go toward the overpriced Surface tablet with few takers and fewer applications.
My three-year-old “gently used” iPad 2 ($599 for the 32GB model) is a joy to me, more used daily than my iPhone, iMac or iPod.
Latest news, live TV, movies, TV shows, books, games or music, there’s little that I can’t access from my iPad 2.
If I go to eBay or Craigslist, I can sell my gently-used iPad 2 for at least $300, hundred bucks more than what Microsoft intends to give the likes of me!
Microsoft’s Surface/iPad “deal” is valid from September 5, 2013 until October 27, 2013.
I bet this silly deal will be as much of a dud as the Surface tablets.