This Christmas, Americans Prefer Microsoft Surface to Peace, Happiness

This Christmas, Americans Prefer Microsoft Surface to Peace, Happiness'Tis the night before Christmas, and all through the house, last minute shoppers are ... as panicked as a mouse in a room full of cats.

With just hours to go before your wee ones expect to find a trove of treasures hid under the tree, what on earth do you still have time to get them that they'll actually want?

Cash is always an option, or its 21st century equivalent, the store-brand gift card. Or perhaps you can give a more traditional card from Hallmark wishing your loved one "Peace and Happiness" in this joyous season.

Humbug to all that, says Best Buy (BBY). Get them what they really want: Pry open your wallet a bit wider, and buy 'em a computer.

Feh with the Sappy Stuff -- I Want a Tablet!

Turns out, a tablet will go over better with your gift recipients than less technologically-advanced gifts such as money, or even peace and happiness.

In a recent press release, the world's biggest bricks-and-mortar electronic goods purveyor announced it's been chosen by Microsoft (MSFT) as one of the lucky retailers to be supplied with Microsoft Surface tablets to sell this Christmas season. It's not exactly an exclusive club, of course: Microsoft stores also have the device, and Staples (SPLS) confirms it's got the Surface in stock as well.

Hyping the Surface in particular, but in a manner that applies equally well to other tablets -- Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle Fire, and of course Apple's (AAPL) iPads -- Best Buy points out that a recent poll conducted by the Consumers Electronics Association shows more people (8 percent) would prefer to receive a tablet PC for Christmas than either money (5 percent) or peace and happiness (5 percent).

And the best news of all? According to the CEA survey, 79 percent of consumers say prices on tablet PCs look better this year than last year.

Meanwhile, peace and happiness appear to still be selling at a premium.

Motley Fool contributor Rich Smith has his Christmas shopping done, but is woefully behind on his wrapping. He owns shares of Apple. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple,, Microsoft, and Staples. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Apple,, and Microsoft.

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Dumb article.

December 26 2012 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This garbage is typical fodder for idiots who spend too much time locked into their concrete jungle world of artificiality and pretension. Those NYC "marketing geniuses" (joke!) conveniently forget that there are millions upon millions of people in this nation alone who would prefer peace and happiness over any material piece of junk. We have our priorities correct. Particularly so, because no doubt those new toys will be obsolete within weeks. Suckers!

December 26 2012 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


December 26 2012 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hi bev

What a stupid article but its huffpost cant expect much

December 26 2012 at 6:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Riccardo IV

Peace on earth will neverbe achieved bythe human race, but only by the return of it's creator, Jesus. No other being has the power to bring it about.

December 25 2012 at 11:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

not GUNS???

December 25 2012 at 10:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Americans care more about electronic gadgets than other human beings? You don't say. When you watch the news & hear about someone getting stabbed over a cell phone, that tells you all you need to know about what really important to Americans.

December 25 2012 at 4:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I would never want a Microsoft Surface just because of the annoying commercials for it.

December 25 2012 at 12:38 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

no surprise there, why do youi think we have so many kids able to go into schools and start killing other human beings. No human to human connection. All they interface with is an electronic gizmo

December 25 2012 at 12:19 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

There will never be peace on Earth unless the entire Human Race disappears, I would go with the Microsoft Surface.

December 25 2012 at 12:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply