Microsoft has a problem some of its competitors might envy: people have bought up most of the available supply of the Surface tablet. Still, judging exactly what this means isn’t easy.
The only version of the new Surface Pro 2 that’s not currently Out of Stock on the Microsoft Store is the one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
Both versions of the Windows RT-based Surface 2 are Out of Stock.
A statement from Microsft says:
“It’s certainly been exciting to see the public reaction to these two new products. With regards to specific inventory levels or sales numbers we don’t comment on those specific figures.
“It’s our goal to get these two tablets into as many people’s hands as possible and we’re actively working with manufacturing teams and retail partners to replenish stock where it’s been sold out as soon as possible.”
High Demand or Low Supply?
Does the lack of inventory mean that there’s strong demand for Microsoft’s latest tablets? Possibly, or it could mean that the company didn’t make very many of them.
Eviddence points toward the latter: last year Microsoft got itself in trouble by vastly over-producing Surface models, to the point that the company had to write off $900 million in unsellable inventory of the original Surface RT. It was a big enough debacle that some have credited Steve Ballmer’s early retirement to it.
The company still has plenty of inventory of last year’s models which it is selling at low prices.
So it certainly wouldn’t be surprising if Microsoft erred on the side of caution with the new models, even if this means that some people will either have to wait to get the Surface tablet they want, or choose one of the other Windows 8.1 devices that are available.