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Microsoft Sells Dell's Venue 8 Pro Tablet For $99
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edstreiff
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edstreiff,
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12/9/2013 | 11:00:03 AM
Re: Deal Stolen By Bots
It's not stealing it's simply out smarting people who won't take the time to learn to code them, I write bots all the time to test MVC intranet sites I create for work. Don't have the player hate the game.
PaulS969
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12/9/2013 | 10:57:42 AM
Order confirmation and then Microsoft cancelled my order!!!
I got as far as putting in my credit card information.  I entered it and submitted the order and then got an error page stating that I needed to return to the Microsoft Store homepage.  I tried reloading and it gave me an order confirmation.  I checked my credit card account and it shows that there were 2 charges that were authorized waiting to be charged for the $217 including tax.  I called Microsoft to have them remove 1 of the charges and they told me that they apologize but the purchase should not have gone through since they are out of stock and have been since 10:15am.


So apparently I am not getting one even though my order went through and was verified as confirmed.....

What kind of bullshit is this????!!!
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12/9/2013 | 10:41:16 AM
MICROSHAFT SETUP
December 9, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Bull, they never sold any at $99, I logged in to store at 9:00est, at 10:00est here is what everyone got "placeholder error file", at 10:09 "no add to cart" but price was moved up to $199, then at 10:17 there is "add to cart" with price of $199, VERY NICE SCAM MIROSHAFT, you just lost me from every buying your brand again !
MJCooper
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12/9/2013 | 10:40:54 AM
Re: Deal Stolen By Bots
See how brazen people are about using these bots?  This is a well-known vulnerability for these types of sales.  If microsoft has no intention of securing the sale so that it can't be stolen like this, they shouldn't have it.  It's deliberate deception.
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edstreiff,
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12/9/2013 | 10:32:03 AM
Never was true
While the tablet is on sale today it's for 199 I just spoke with the manager at my local Microsoft Store and he said the deal was always just for 199. They have plenty in stock as well at that price but it's not cheap enough for me to buy it....oh well aside from wasting time to write my bots I'm not out anything
edstreiff
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12/9/2013 | 10:25:59 AM
Ms site is struggling
It's clear the 99 for a decent tablet would make a killing on the market, the entire ms site is overwhelmed and won't even load anymore all 50 of my bots are idle now
edstreiff
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12/9/2013 | 10:23:08 AM
Re: Deal Stolen By Bots
I had 50 bots running in instances of chrome and Firefox since 9:30 and they never saw the 99 deal, only two got to the checkout page but the price was 199 then
MJCooper
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12/9/2013 | 10:15:41 AM
Deal Stolen By Bots
As I feared, this deal was stolen by people using bots.  The website was pretty much down 15 minutes before the deal, showing loading or 404 messages.  Repeated refreshing would occasionally bring up the product page, but the "add to cart" button wouldn't load.  I found the same problem on multiple browsers.

I refreshed just as the magic hour arrived, and the page actually loaded up.  At $199.  In the split second while my screen was loading, the deal was sold out (almost certainly with the use of bots.)

This much-touted deal was never actually available to the public.

As I write this message 15 minutes later, the microsoft store is still giving 'website not found' and error messages frequently.  The add to cart button has just appeared for the first time since 15 minutes before the deal.
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eusamsh.web,
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12/9/2013 | 10:14:08 AM
Re: Microsoft claims false report
GM Michael,

First of all, thanks for taking time and documenting what would have been a great buy for quite a few people. I dont think you have any other but sincere intentions. It turns out that at 7am PST/10am EST today (Dec 9, 2013), the link provided in your post went under with error "Placeholder Error File" [used 4 different systems, on different network; including Mobile Device]. This is expected as everyone would have been trying to get on with the sale. But going to the MSFT store in Atlanta, GA - we were told that there is no such sale.

Personally, I dont need to see the proof you were provided by MSFT. I trust you. But please take that mail back to MSFT and advice them, that they used you.

Keep up the good work.
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12/9/2013 | 8:38:32 AM
Re: iPad envy
I know that sometimes it feels over done to compare every tablet to an iPad but it is the experience that most people want to see a comparison with.  I think we'll stop seeing the need for that comparison once the Windows tablets have time to establish themselves and the app store catches up but for now it's a necessary evil.  That being said it does get difficult to compare the two when the OS more closely matches the MacBook Air but I since the mobile OSes and desktop OSes have been getting closer and closer in feel I suspect it will only be a matter of time before OSX and iOS come together.
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