Microsoft buying iPads for $200 credit

New promotion valid through October 27 allows people to trade in a "gently used" iPad 2, 3, or 4 to receive a minimum of a $200 gift card to the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft is now buying iPads. The company has launched a new promotion where consumers can bring in a "gently used" iPad 2, 3, or 4 to receive a minimum of a $200 gift card to the Microsoft Store.

The promotion is valid through October 27 only at select Microsoft retail stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, not online. To be eligible for trade-in, the iPads must include a power cord and must not be password-protected.

Microsoft's own Surface tablet line, after recent price cuts, begins at $350 for the 32GB Surface RT, while a 64GB Pro version starts at $800. The price cut came after a March Bloomberg report claimed the Surface tablet line has underperformed for Microsoft.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

Discussion

199 comments
blackothh
blackothh

This is many LULZ! good ol microsoft....cant make anything good on their own.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Microsoft doesn't know how to unlock an iPad? Truly the tech wizards!

And what the heck are they gonna do with them? Resell on black market? Wow.


IndySandbagTrik
IndySandbagTrik

I'm waiting on the Surface Pro 2, my Tab2 will suffice till then.

In other news, Windows Phone 8 is brilliant.. former iOS user here... The HTC 8x is blowing my mind.

lordgodalming
lordgodalming

Said one Microsoft executive, "Yes, purchasing iPads at $200 and selling them at a premium on eBay is the lynchpin to making Surface profitable." Adding, "Frankly, the whole Surface thing would be a laughable failure without this."

telaros
telaros

Who would give up their iPad 3 or 4 for $200 bucks CREDIT to MICROSOFT'S STORE?

Not only are you giving them stuff to sell back at 3x the value, but THEY STILL GET YOUR $200 BUCKS!

WOW. Some people are stupid. Or at least that's how Microsoft sees us at least.

Get bent MS.

noah364
noah364

Why can't MS apply this type of marketing intelligence to the Xbox One?

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

I bet it's because Microsoft employees want to replace their Windows 8 tablets for iPads. /Sarcasm

nyzma23
nyzma23

i will trade to surface pro if you buy my ipad 4 for $300 microsoft

nyzma23
nyzma23

i though gamespot is all about gaming

FrankZoex2
FrankZoex2

I'm going to get a lot of grief for this I'm sure but the Surface is pretty good. More suited for work perhaps than pleasure but a nice interface and solid design. Forget it is made by MS and check it out. The Win8 OS really suits it. 

Ok Windows 8, MS bashing begin!

superjenius
superjenius

I suppose if I was an Apple fan with the latest tablet and had an old iPad collecting dust... AND I didn't want to sell/give it to a friend or family member... AND I didn't want to mess with selling it on eBay... AND I wanted a Surface or XBOX... then this might be a good deal.  No one is going to trade their current iPad for a Surface.

6orange6
6orange6

ohhh now this is evil temptation, damn you microsoft! Give up my retina ipad 4 with a gazilllion apps available on store, for xbox metro interface - to go-. Oh yes and a plastic keyboard thing.

Talavaj
Talavaj

LoL this is hilarious and genius actually, they don't lose any physical money, discard the competition and raise the odds of people spending cash on their products all in one sweep.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Smell that? That is the smell of Microsoft desperation. I have never bought a iPad yet so MS what incentive are their for me? If I did own iPad then I would say 'Thanks, but no thanks." because MS just doesn't get consumer products.
Perhaps this helps to reduce the intricate ways for Microsoft employers to get their iPads.
Still, $200 and no keyboard!. You could get more MONEY for the iPad selling on Ebay anyway. In the end it shows MS still never 'got it'. 

xSaulxTighx
xSaulxTighx

I traded my surface in to get an android tablet its the best thing I have ever done.

surface is slow and really not user friendly at all compared to its competition. It can't even run internet explorer without crashing constantly and apps take minutes to load. My advice to everyone would be to take a very wide berth of the ms surface

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

Microsoft trying to quench the competition by buying it out. How unusual.

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

whats is be better new Google Nexus 7 or refurbished Ipad 3 ???

fourclawrider
fourclawrider

Scratch out Ipad with perma marker and scribble surface on it and voila! ready for sale.

AscMan
AscMan

Microsoft probably needs the userdata from the iPads.

asmoddeuss
asmoddeuss

#Spoiler Alert#

Now we all know what M$ employees will get for Christmas :P

R_Mckay
R_Mckay

well how about this line of reasoning..... REVERSE ENGINEERING the hardware! :D

brunocj2
brunocj2

Why would anyone get rid of their iPads for U$200 in Microsoft store is beyond me.

berserker66666
berserker66666

First they buy Nokia, now they buy iPad. What the hell are they planning?

jellyman68
jellyman68

@Ripper_TV You actually think it's because they can't unlock an iPad, and not to prevent people trading in iPads that don't belong to them?

DespVand
DespVand

@telaros yes anyone purchasing an ipad is clearly demented and stupid... overglorified PCs with a nice design... pfff

Caldrin
Caldrin

@telaros its not a bad deal really.. the full powered surface is actually really nice I would take one over an ipad anyday..

tahsineo
tahsineo

@noah364 I really doubt people will give Microsoft their PS3s for an xbone game coupon.

HiddenSanctum
HiddenSanctum

@FrankZoex2 Windows RT is the one that failing right now...obviously due to the app issue. The Surface Pro is great though. Personally I feel they should make a Surface Lite with Bay Trail and price it like the Asus Transformer T100 (around $349)

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

@FrankZoex2 No you're right, a lot of people are praising the Surface tablets. The problem is Win 8 isn't as nice on desktops as it is on touch devices.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Yes you would and without hesitating or thinking to say Yes.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

@xSaulxTighx That is because you had got a Surface from the first batch. Surface Pro is still kick ass...but so is Android.  

BetaVulgaris
BetaVulgaris

@Sl4cka I don't think that this classifies as 'buying out'. It's more of a stunt to get people to switch from Apple to Microsoft when they shop for their next tablet/phone.

navstar29
navstar29

@Karmazyn Depends on your needs and your screen size preference. If you want a smaller screen, obvious answer is Nexus 7, larger, then iPad. 

If the majority of your time on the tablet will be spent to watch videos then get the N7, it has a better screen aspect ratio for movies. If you plan to use it for browsing the web, the iPad is probably the better bet. Both are great really, just got to determine what your needs are. 

rafpac
rafpac

@R_Mckay  how many ipads would you need to reverse engineer? If I were microsoft I would just buy a few.

R_Mckay
R_Mckay

or better yet... figuring out how to run WINDOWS OS on an iPAD :D

DespVand
DespVand

@jellyman68 @Ripper_TV yeah because that's going to stop people from trading in ipads that don't belong to them... they can't just go to another "vendor" and do that....


FrankZoex2
FrankZoex2

@HiddenSanctum @FrankZoex2 The Pro is pretty powerful, like a mid to high end laptop in a tablet. Wish I had one but they are expensive in my country, around $1100 (NZ). Yeah they need a mid range alternative as the RT and Pro are too far apart