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Microsoft Surface Pro sell-out flap: Is the tablet really that popular?

John P. Mello Jr. | Feb. 13, 2013
When inventory of the 128GB version of Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet dried up within hours after going on sale Saturday, there were plenty of disappointed shoppers. But there were also many skeptics who charged that Microsoft artificially created the sell-out by under-stocking the $1000 units at its online store, Best Buy and Staples.

Of course, Microsoft could settle the sell-out controversy by releasing sales numbers for Surface Pro. If the company sold a million units, then all the conspiracy theorists would go away. If it sold 6000 units, then maybe the skeptics might have a point about supply manipulation.

That's not likely to happen, though, since Microsoft hasn't even released the official numbers for Surface RT sales.


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