Believe it or not there are actually people out there who bought and kept a Surface RT. The good news is that Microsoft wants to fix this and will actually pay anyone who is willing to hand over their device as much as $650. The catch is that you have to use that money to purchase a Surface Pro 3 and the device that you trade in actually has to work. To be fair though, most of the devices people will be trading in will barely get you $100 off.
Still have a Surface RT that you relegated to the closet after you realized that it couldn’t run “real” Windows apps? Don’t send that tablet to the recyclers just yet — it might just get you some credit toward a much more useful model. Microsoft is running a US promotion that will let you trade in any Surface by March 8th and get cash toward the purchase of a Surface Pro 3. So long as the outgoing device is in good working order, you’ll get as much as $650 off a shiny new slate — if it’s one of the more recent ones. Be sure to gauge the value of your ancient gear before you jump on this offer, though. As with many first-party trade-in deals, Microsoft is being a bit stingy — you’ll get just $84 for a 32GB Surface RT, and even a decked-out 512GB Surface Pro 2 will net you a mere $361. The only way to hit that alluring $650 mark is to hand in a 256GB, Core i5-equipped Surface Pro 3… which defeats the point, really. This promo makes the most sense if you’re more concerned about the hassles of selling on sites like Craigslist or eBay than wringing out every potential dollar.