In only a few days, Walmart appears to be sold out of their current inventory of Surface RT tablets. It is unclear why Walmart sold out so quickly, but it is probably due to low initial inventories. Whatever those original inventory numbers where, the expectations were beaten. Does this mean that the lower price point is working for Microsoft? While those arguments are far from over, this is great news for Microsoft who just swallowed over $900 million in losses because of the Surface. In a recent employee town hall, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that they made too many Surface tablets and sales have been disappointing. With all the inventory, it is rather puzzling that Walmart would run out so quickly. They could well have been cautious about investing too much in the device and may wanted to see early numbers before committing to carrying larger inventories.
Walmart will no doubt restock on Surface RTs quickly and anyone who wants to buy the device at the lower price will still have ample opportunity.