Windows 8.1 clearance sales begin as Windows 10 looms

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When something new arrives, you blow out older inventory to make way for it, right? That’s exactly what some PC vendors and stores appear to be doing with the release of Windows 10 just nine days away—blowing out Windows 8.1 machines at significant markdowns.

HP, for example, is offering discounts on its multiple machines, with some appearing to be pretty good deals. A Pavilion 11 with a Bay Trail-based Pentium CPU that previously sold for $399 is going for $299, and a higher-end Core i3-based Pavilion x360 is “marked down” from $529 to $499. Other models reported by Maximum PC this morning also feature pretty healthy mark downs, with the Envy X2 taking a cut from $1,049 all the way down to $699.

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