Yesterday, Matthew Yglesias at Slate was making fun of the physical Microsoft Store at his local shopping center. Apparently, no one wants to buy Microsoft (MSFT) products, as the Microsoft Store was completely empty at noon.
Apple (AAPL) products, on the other hand, appear hot … as the nearby Apple Store was bumping.
But even if folks are turning a cold shoulder to the Microsoft Store nearest them, there’s a good chance plenty are flocking to the online Microsoft Store. That’s because the Microsoft Online Store just kicked off its “12 days of deals” which runs from Dec. 9 to Dec. 20.
And yesterday’s first daily deal — a Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet for just $99 — sold out quickly.
The daily deals at the online Microsoft Store begin every morning at 7 a.m. But if you’re not a fan of doorbuster shopping, check out these other standing deals at the Microsoft Store, and finish your Christmas shopping with the quick click of a mouse.
Best Laptop Deals at the Microsoft Store
While an Apple laptop — like the Macbook Pro or Macbook Air — might have more of a cool factor these days than alternatives, they also have a much steeper price tag. As a result, some of the best laptop deals at the Microsoft Store might just be sweet enough to change your mind.
The Microsoft Online Store is current promoting a sweet markdown on the Samsung (SSNLF) ATIV Book 5, for example. This 14-inch laptop includes a touchscreen, Intel (INTC) Core i5 processor and Windows 8 (Windows RT). And don’t worry — you can update the ATIV Book 5 the Windows 8.1 for free at the Windows Store.
The best part? This cheap laptop goes for just $600 in the Microsoft Store right now. That’s $300 less than the original price, and just over half the price of the cheapest Apple laptop available. Plus, if that price isn’t low enough, the Microsoft Online Store has an entire page dedicated to laptops under $500, including a Dell model and a few Asus options.
Best Video Game Deals at the Microsoft Store
If you’re trying to snatch up an Xbox One at the Microsoft store, you’re out of luck. The Microsoft Xbox One is out of stock … although Xbox One games and accessories are available.
But if the person on your shopping list will settle for the older console, you can get some of the best video game deals at the Microsoft Store. Various Xbox 360 bundles, including games like Halo 4, Tomb Raider and Batman: Akrham City — some of the best titles for the 360 — are available with $100 of savings. In fact, one bundle also offers a Kinect sensor and two Kinect games, along with one month of Xbox Live Gold.
That’s a pretty sweet package — and if you snag the best video game deals at the Microsoft Store, your Christmas shopping could be done before you know it.
Best 3D Printing Deals at the Microsoft Store
If you’re looking for a Christmas gift idea with a “wow” factor … well … the Microsoft Online Store has you covered. 3D printing is arguably the hottest new technology, and for around $950, you can snag a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner at the Microsoft Store.
While that may not sound cheap, it’s around $450 less than the original price of this 3D printing technology.
Plus, the MakerBot — owned by Stratasys (SSYS) — desktop scanner is optimized for 3D printing and boasts sophisticated software, as the hot gadget is “intended for experimenters and visionaries who are ready to blaze a trail into 3D creation,” according to the Microsoft Store description.
Best Cheap Gifts at the Microsoft Store
Of course, even the best laptop deals or a giant markdown on 3D printing gear may still put a lot of Microsoft Store items out of your price range. But have no fear — the online Microsoft Store also has plenty more affordable gift ideas.
A colorful wireless mouse, laptop or tablet case, or Xbox gift card are the perfect stocking stuffers or accessories to larger gifts. Similarly, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games are also good add-ons that you can find at the Microsoft Online Store without breaking the bank.
The newest Xbox One games — including Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 — are a bit more expensive, of course. But even the $60 price tag isn’t too bad considering they’re brand new and come with free shipping and free returns.
As of this writing, Robert Martin did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.