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#1 SurB86

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:10 PM

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Microsoft spends only $271 (€211) to build the cheapest Surface, while the selling price for this particular version is $499 (€380). The Surface is being offered in three different versions, with the entry level model coming with 32 GB of storage space, but no Touch Cover.

As you probably know by now, Samsung is the manufacturer of several pieces of hardware installed on the Surface, including the battery, memory and display. The production cost of all Samsung components is approximately $137 (€106).

Microsoft's revolutionary Touch Cover however is extraordinarily cheap, although the company sells it for $120 (€93.5) in case your Surface version doesn't have one. It seems like this add-on costs only $16 (€12.5) to make, with no information available on the Type Cover. Microsoft's Surface tablet is available in three different versions, two with 32 GB of storage space and without a Black Touch Cover and another one with 64 GB and the magic accessory. If you purchase it separately, the keyboard comes with a price of $120 (€93.5), while the Surface Type Cover is a bit more expensive and costs $129 (€99).

The cheapest version was sold out in less than 24 hours after Microsoft officially launched the preorder program, while the two more expensive packages did fared the same in approximately one week.

Source: AllThingsD

#2 FalseAgent

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:29 PM

Sadly, if Microsoft were to sell it at $271, Acer would FUS RO DAH

#3 Darren 54

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:40 AM

Don't forget to include the money spent on marketing and those commercials. :P

Edited by Darren 54, 06 November 2012 - 05:40 AM.


#4 zool

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:45 AM

bloodsucking Micro$oft! i'm gonna rip off their fangs! Posted Image

#5 Villain

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:06 PM

wow. none of you guys have ever worked in marketing. minimum rule is original cost (cost of manufacturing in this point) * 2. Actually is is supposed to be OC * 3 = MSRP. So 271*2 = 542, and yes they sell it at a loss of $43, so they are not even making there needed *2 profit, and yet you bitch?

And yet you people will buy Apple's shit and not complain about the price...

NONE of you would ever be able to run a business and have it survive for more then 5 years. Not if you cant follow basic profit rules.

#6 ThunderROM

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:21 PM

LOL, agreed Villain.

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