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Windows 8 Dev Tablets Already on eBay

By - Source: WinRumors | B 18 comments

The Samsung tablets Microsoft handed out to developers during the BUILD conference are already appearing on eBay, and they aren't cheap.

Last Tuesday during Microsoft's BUILD conference, the company handed out 5,000 Samsung tablets packed with a preview version of Windows 8. Developers cheered at Microsoft’s surprising sweep of generosity, but many seemingly repaid the favor by selling their expensive gifts on eBay at over-bloated prices.

Case in point: this eBay listing shows the Samsung Windows 8 BUILD developer tablet for a current bid of $2,700 USD. But it's not just a tablet: this bid is for a bundle consisting of the Windows 8 tablet, a dock with USB, HDMI and Ethernet ports, a Bluetooth keyboard, a touch pen, a unique carrying case, and a pre-paid 12-month 2 GB/month AT&T data contract (SIM card not activated).

As for the Samsung tablet, it's similar to the just-announced Samsung Series 7 slate but includes new and improved components including an ambient light sensor, a gyroscope, a Bluetooth LE chip, a Trusted Platform module and NXP's Near Field Communications chip (NFC). The tablet also offers a 2nd-generation Intel Core i5 CPU, 4 GB of DDR3 memory, a 64 GB SSD, a Samsung Super PLS 1366 x 768 11.6-inch display, a microSD card slot and more.

"This auction is a brand new, limited edition tablet PC which was given at the Microsoft Build Windows conference in Anaheim on 9/13/2011," reads the auction description. "It is running a pre-release developer preview version of Windows 8 and is a powerful development machine for that upcoming platform."

Other Windows 8 BUILD tablets appearing on eBay aren't quite so expensive, ranging from $1,525 USD to $2,275 USD.

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    aftcomet , September 20, 2011 1:34 AM
    Idiots. I hope the scum found doing this have their reputations ruined and banned from MSDN.
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    beardguy , September 20, 2011 1:15 AM
    This is worse than re-gifting. Taking a freebie and selling it for an way inflated price.

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  • 19 Hide
    beardguy , September 20, 2011 1:15 AM
    This is worse than re-gifting. Taking a freebie and selling it for an way inflated price.

  • 21 Hide
    aftcomet , September 20, 2011 1:34 AM
    Idiots. I hope the scum found doing this have their reputations ruined and banned from MSDN.
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    zybch , September 20, 2011 1:43 AM
    I was under the impression that the tablets provided were NOT gifts, but developer preview units that HAD to be returned.
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    the associate , September 20, 2011 1:52 AM
    zybchI was under the impression that the tablets provided were NOT gifts, but developer preview units that HAD to be returned.


    lol, they'll just claim they lost it at the post office =D
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    Anonymous , September 20, 2011 2:36 AM
    LOL. Money. If it's an option why not throw it up on ebay. If you don't need it in 2 years time it wont be worth much anyway. And we all know the antique computers market is gone unless you have an Apple One. So if the person needs the money its a choice, and perhaps a good one. Me personally I hat anything proprietary. I'll stick to linux.
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    Anonymous , September 20, 2011 2:38 AM
    Good thing MSFT has a record of serial numbers which can be cross-referenced to those the tablets were loaned to...
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    Anonymous , September 20, 2011 2:59 AM
    they dont have a record. which utopian narc society do you live in, eugenewillett?
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    Anonymous , September 20, 2011 3:23 AM
    "Gift" doesn't seem like quite the right word. How about "freebie"?

    In any event, these tablets do not have to be returned. All Microsoft cares about is that people develop apps for Windows 8. If eBay can transfer some tablets from people who aren't going to use them to develop apps to people who are, they'll be happy.
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    Anonymous , September 20, 2011 3:31 AM
    Actually, weren't these tablets only given out to paid attendees of the conference? They must have paid something just to attend the conference - and knowing these technology conferences, that something probably wasn't cheap. (Although the tablets are probably selling for more...)
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    ceteras , September 20, 2011 8:26 AM
    Greed. We all need money, but that is so low!
    Instead of selling it for a quick buck they could actually use the advantage to do some actual work, start a business and make a lot more money than the $2000 they hope to get.
    I wonder what kind of idiots would buy these?
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    alyoshka , September 20, 2011 8:34 AM
    For all you know it could be just some guys who have trashed the original OS of the Samsung tablets and rooted the Developer Version of Win8 onto these tabs and are selling it on ebay.
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    alyoshka , September 20, 2011 8:36 AM
    Cos really with the new tech that was so widely spoken about" Frying or Locking Processors" when stuff was stolen or taken into zones MS or the Govt. did not approve of, this stuff ought to be pretty easy to shutdown remotely.
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    back_by_demand , September 20, 2011 8:41 AM
    You all realise that Microsoft expected at least some of these to be sold on eBay and when they got in the wild they would eventually generate all this media hype and discussion.

    What we really need is for one to fall into the hands of a good tech benchmarker and give it the thorough write up it needs.
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    alyoshka , September 20, 2011 8:45 AM
    Hear hear!!! +1^
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    sgtopmobile , September 20, 2011 9:25 AM
    ceterasGreed. We all need money, but that is so low!Instead of selling it for a quick buck they could actually use the advantage to do some actual work, start a business and make a lot more money than the $2000 they hope to get.I wonder what kind of idiots would buy these?


    maybe the idiots who are great developers but coulnt go to the conference so they didnt recive a tablet, the kind of idiots who know what INVESTMENT is and are willing to pay 2000$ to get one of this tablets and develop a multimillionaire app like ANGRY BIRDS.
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    eddieroolz , September 20, 2011 10:27 PM
    Don't be surprised when Microsoft stops being this generous.
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    alidan , September 21, 2011 5:06 AM
    the way that i see this, not every developer has allot of money, depending on where and how you live, 2800$ can be 2 months of living expenses.
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    Gasek , October 7, 2011 12:19 PM
    Good thing I read the comments before posting or else I would have repeated what back_by_demand wrote down.

    I wonder if these tablets can be used for productivity, not just fun and games like the ipads. The damn things can't even copy files to/from itself.