Pricing for Out of Warranty Surface Exchanges
Microsoft has published current pricing (in US Dollars) for those needing an out of warranty exchange for Surface devices (refurbished devices with a 90 day warranty). Until the end of March, the cost to replace a Surface Pro 3 was $450.00. It’s now jumped to $599.00. This is upsetting customers afflicted by the fallout from Batterygate and other issues. That’s a lot of money for this device and you definitely can do better looking elsewhere if you want to replace your sick SP3 with another SP3.
Depending on your needs, if you are thinking of exchanging a SP3 out of warranty, you may want to forego the Microsoft exchange and look elsewhere. Walmart is currently offering a Certified Refurbished 128GB i5 for $459.00, with a ONE YEAR WARRANTY. There are other deals out there (eBay, NewEgg, Amazon, etc.) but be careful as some of these state “minimum of 90 day warranty”. My advice, the only reason to go the official Microsoft route for a SP3 is to see if they will upgrade you for the same price to a refurbished Surface Pro 2017. That’s probably worth $600.
I don’t know why Microsoft’s out of warranty pricing for this device suddenly jumped $150. If anyone out there knows, please let me know on Twitter @barbbowman.