Microsoft made a big mistake

I'm in the UK and I want to try out the Surface before I order one, if I do get one, I want it there and then - I don't want to wait in for a delivery because I'm too busy. The Surface is only available direct from MS, online. There are no Microsoft retail stores here. Yet the iPad is on sale everywhere, and this is the Christmas shopping season. Looks like I won't be getting a Surface until I can use it first.Hmf, annoyed.