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October 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM
Just ahead of the launch of the next generation of Surface devices, Best Buy is offering a trade-in deal for older Surface tablets.
The offer, good through Oct. 21, means customers who trade in a Surface RT or Surface Pro tablet will receive a gift card worth at least $200 and possibly up to $350, depending on the model and condition. The trade-in is being offered in-store only — not online — and the tablets being traded in must be able to power on and have no water damage or screen cracks.
The offer means that even if you have, say, a 32GB Surface RT in poor condition, which would normally be worth $67.50 in trade-in value, Best Buy will give you a guaranteed $200 minimum gift card on trade in through Oct. 21, said Best Buy spokesman Jonathan Sandler.
The offer comes ahead of the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 launch, scheduled for Oct. 22. But the gift card is good for anything in the stores and not limited to Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 purchases, Sandler said.
Best Buy is also offering other trade-in deals including giving smartphone owners $100 in trade-in credit when they upgrade to the iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s. That offer is good from Oct. 13 to Oct. 19.
September 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Back in June, Microsoft had announced that it was launching 600 Windows Stores within Best Buy and Future Shop locations in the U.S. and Canada.
Of those store-within-stores, there are now four open locally including one completed about a week ago in Tukwila. They are at the Best Buys located in:
- Bellevue at 457 120th Ave N.E.
- Seattle at 330 N.E. Northgate Way
- Tukwila at 17364 Southcenter Parkway
- Lynnwood at 19225 Alderwood Mall Parkway
These four are in addition to five others that have opened in Washington state already. Those five are in Silverdale, Puyallup, Tacoma, Kennewick and Spokane.
In total, almost 500 Windows Stores within Best Buy locations have opened in the U.S. so far.
These stores, now essentially the computer departments inside Best Buy, are designed to include a range of Microsoft devices and products, including Windows tablets and PCs, Windows Phones, Surface, Office, Xbox and more.
Best Buy employees, trained by Microsoft, will staff the Windows Stores.
June 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM
Microsoft last fall launched a vastly redesigned operating system with Windows 8, which the company hoped would launch it boldly into the mobile-devices arena.
The problem was many users found Windows 8 confusing. And the devices Windows 8 was designed to work best on —- touch machines or hybrid/convertible tablet-laptops — either weren’t available or added to the confusion about which one to to purchase.
Best Buy, meanwhile, is facing its own struggles in an increasingly competitive consumer-electronics market, with everyone from Walmart to Amazon.com biting off big chunks of that market.
A solution that both companies hope may address those woes: Teaming up to open 600 Windows Stores within Best Buy and Future Shop stores in the U.S. and Canada.