Best Buy Canada offering $200 trade-in credit for Galaxy Note 8 activations


  • Scio

    The promo had been extended to Sept. 17

  • Andrew Holt

    What phone does Best Buy want you to trade in to give you the full $200? I’m guessing either a iPhone 7 Plus or the Galaxy S8+. You are far better off just selling privately than being tricked into these trade in “deals”.

    • Captain Pokemon

      LOL Apparently, a lot of people fall into that… If you are from Toronto, you are familiar with the Chinese mall in Markham called “Pacific Mall”. I remembered seeing people getting tricked by selling their phones for way less than its value. For example, Samsung Galaxy S8 getting sold for 200 dollars. I was so tempted to offer her more than that in front of the store vendor. LOL

    • heynow00

      You’re the one missing out. When places like best buy and Rogers have these types of trade in offers, they OVERRIDE the normal trade in pricing and usually have minimums for the model you can trade in.

      So for example you can trade in a galaxy s4 which is normally worth nothing in trade in value for $200 off note 8 instead. You aren’t selling a used s4 for anywhere close to $200.

  • Do Do

    $349.99 is a little high for a phone who’s battery will be dead in 2-3 years.

    • thereasoner

      Samsung has claimed 95% capacity still after 2 years of use.

    • Do Do

      Yes I saw the interview, I wish I could have been there to tell him he was full of crap to his face. Whatever optimizations they’re doing doesn’t change the fact that these batteries have a certain amount of battery cycles. For a power user who’s charging every night I’d be shocked if he got close to 95%. I’m on my 3rd battery with my Note 4. I’ve replace many batteries and as far as I know, the science behind the batteries hasn’t changed. Also, as I said in another thread, I’d like to know how they’re measuring. They need to state that now and then we test it in 2 years. However, I’d be happy to wager quite a bit, there’s no way any Note 8 I use would have 95% battery capacity after 2 years.

      You may or may not know this, a lot of people don’t recognize when their battery has had it. I’ve never had a Li-on battery just die. Either it discharges quickly or what more commonly happens with me is it gets down to 20%-30% and shuts off or resets the phone. I buy a new battery, problem gone.

      A lot of people you see posting in forums asking for help don’t know this and are wondering why their 2 year old phones have some sort of problem that doesn’t get resolved after a factory reset. Meanwhile it’s their battery that although isn’t completely dead, it’s maxed out it’s cycles.

      BTW, I was being a little sarcastic about the $349.99, however, I don’t think they should be much more than that. Certainly not what they’re typically charging.

    • thereasoner

      External batteries are not of the same quality or so I’ve read, many cheap 3rd party options out there as well that are even dangerous. That said, I charged my Galaxy S6 every night and during the week it would see atleast one top off during the day/evening as well. My wife is using that phone now and it’s still holding a reasonable charge well over 2 years later.

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against removable batteries. It’s just with the industry moving away from them I just don’t see the point in clinging onto them so I’ve made the adjustment awhile back. It kind of worked out for my use scenario anyways with my wife being much easier on phones than I and her taking my hand-me-downs before the battery shows too much degradation.

    • Do Do

      Well I’m planning on doing my little part for the consumer cause every chance I get. Last week I bought another Note 4 for $200 in mint condition as a backup, money well spent considering it can do 90% of what phones that cost 5X as much can do. As far as I’m concerned, as a note fan, the note 4 is the last phone samsung made that focused on what consumers wanted.

      “Perhaps you could have a similar arrangement with your light user wife?”

      We’ve talked about it. It could happen. For now, we’re doing the above. She’s still angry about having to give up her Note 7 for the S7 which she doesn’t like nearly as much and is down on Samsung right now and didn’t want to hear about it when the Note 8 was released, especially at that ridiculous price.

      I’m frankly seriously considering throwing in the towel with respect flagships. I just need that damn Spen for work, but if I change duties, which could happen, I might just get a an average inexpensive phone and not think about it. Although far from perfect, the keyONE looks interesting in an average kind of way.

    • Elky64

      Not just that, the feasibility of repairing is becoming non-existent and actually feel some are already at that point. Steep price to pay for a disposable commodity you’ll most likely move on from in 2 years.

      If we had choice I’d opt for a lesser build quality (polycarbonate/metals) with a removable back/battery. At the end of the day my phone is adorned in a case anyways just as the majority of others I see out in the wild.

    • Do Do

      Yup, that’s how I see it. I really believe consumers are going to wake up eventually but for now, the social engineering is working well for these companies. It’s just like most hacks happen, get into your victim’s head.

    • Elky64

      Yes unless the consumer stops buying into these companies methodology the trend will continue.

      I’m like you and seriously thinking of moving down a tier or two, away from the flagships. Mainly it’s the cost factor that’s getting really hard to justify these days. There are a few aspects high on my list when determining what mobile phone I purchase but looks like we are being force to lower our standards, which is sad. Not that we can’t afford it yet I feel value, in a personal sense, is greatly demminishing.

    • Do Do

      Exactly, I can “afford” any of these phones but they’ve gotten to the point where I feel like they’re taking us for fools and the “disposable” factor of non removable battery phones is a big part of what’s making me feel that way and if I’m going to throw the phone away every 2-3 years like they hope I will, well, I might as well throw away a less expensive phone that can do 90% of the things the $1000+ phones can do.

    • Domino67

      Battery degradation is supposed to better on the S8/S8+/Note 8.

      5% vs 20% annual drop.

    • Do Do

      As I said below, I saw the bull interview. It’s all bull crap, and in a year you first of all won’t know how too measure the 5% and you won’t care and they know this. So they do what all these companies do. LIE to the consumer.

  • Omar

    I think the whole idea of market competition is broken in the smartphone world… Competition is supposed to bring prices down, not make them all rise at the same rate. It’s like the Canadian mobile carriers all over again…

    No phone is worth $1000. Or even $800. These phones cost ~$300 to make… Yes I know That&D and marketing are included in the consumer price, but still… These phones are not worth $1000.

    • Do Do

      That’s because you’re rarely actually witnessing a free market system here, what you’re witnessing is a “collusion” supported by the government, and collusion, is antifreemarket.

  • mike m

    got it today. love competition! too bad samsung lied about note 7 discount

  • Zee

    a friend got $250 trade-in credit from wireless wave in metrotown lol