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Costco - Black Friday Sale - Samsung Galaxy S3 - All Carriers - $29

pinkydove 36 November 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM in Tech & Electronics (3)
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FYI, stopped by Costco before closing today and found out that all Samsung Galaxy S3 phones will be on sale for $29. Not sure about other phones, but then I don't care about them other phones.

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#76
Quote from jlloyd47 View Post :
Just called Costco and asked this question. Deal is real but for today (black Friday) only and only for purchases made today. He said you cannot obtain a price adjustment under the 30 day price warranty unless you return the entire phone and all additional materials and repurchase a new phone. What a hassle! He was apologetic though. So, purchase and activate today and you have a good, clean deal on a nice phone.

One final note I neglected to post... phone is still $129.99 but you obtain a voucher for a mail in rebate for $100. So, that is how they get around the price matching feature of their warranty I suspect. Sorry for the oversight as I should have added this fine point to explain how the price matching is not an option. ConfusedRoll Eyes (Sarcastic)Mad
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#77
Quote from raven70 View Post :
Went into local Costco, and had no issue purchasing for $129 + tax on $129, so like $141 out the door. No activation fee (covered by Costco). Upgrade fee applies for AT&T and I will try to get waived, but that is taken on the bill.

****REBATE CONCERN****
If you read the online rebate, it says AT&T service must be active at time of redemption and activation must be made on Friday, November 23. Not sure how that works online.
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My Costco had about 25 phones per carrier he said.

my local costco charges activation fee but they said it will be credited after 2 bill cycles
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#78
Quote from jlloyd47 View Post :
Just called Costco and asked this question. Deal is real but for today (black Friday) only and only for purchases made today. He said you cannot obtain a price adjustment under the 30 day price warranty unless you return the entire phone and all additional materials and repurchase a new phone. What a hassle! He was apologetic though. So, purchase and activate today and you have a good, clean deal on a nice phone.
If you order it on costco.com how are you supposed to activate it today?
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Quote from springles View Post :
If you order it on costco.com how are you supposed to activate it today?
Not sure why you are asking. I purchased mine at a brick and mortar Costco and had it activated within 20 minutes. I have no idea how this works for Costco.com as I spoke today to the phone representative at the store site where I purchased my phone. My only problem was I bought it a week too soon.
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Quote from jlloyd47 View Post :
Not sure why you are asking. I purchased mine at a brick and mortar Costco and had it activated within 20 minutes. I have no idea how this works for Costco.com as I spoke today to the phone representative at the store site where I purchased my phone. My only problem was I bought it a week too soon.
Maybe I am belaboring this too much but at our local Costco, you pick up the phone at their secured storage at the front of the store and an employee will actually escort you back to the phone sales location to have you activate it there on the spot. I asked why I could not go back there myself with the phone and I was told that people have purchased their phone and neglected to have it activated and evidently were dumfounded when they went to use it and have found it did not work! So, I said "purchase and activated" as that is the way it happened for me at the store. They seemed to be determined for me to have it activated. Maybe at Costco.com you can get the MIR deal without activating the phone since it is simply a different transaction You could always call and find out as I am certainly not an authority as to how Costco.com operates.
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#81
I've the same question and have been trying to get through to get more information and clarification from their support number. Been waiting for 1 hour to speak with anyone.
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#82
They updated the rebate form to clear up the activation confusion! Make sure you print the new one here http://membershipwireless.com/mar...Rebate.pdf

The rebate form has been updated to state this:

2. Purchase OR Activation must be made on Friday, November 23rd.
3. (your carrier) service must be active at time of redemption.
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#83
Looks like add-a-line doesn't qualify for the $100 rebate.
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Quote from nerdykid View Post :
Looks like add-a-line doesn't qualify for the $100 rebate.
It should for Verizon, I added a line this am and it had a rebate
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Quote from azdmelani View Post :
It should for Verizon, I added a line this am and it had a rebate
The rebate form says for new activation and qualified upgrade, does not mention an add-a-line.

"1. A Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB must be purchased and activated on a VERIZON New Two Year Activation
(Lines 1-10) or Qualified Upgrade (Lines 1-10) on Costco.com"
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#86
I just called Verizon and asked if I could keep my existing unlimited data plan if I were to do the upgrade option on this phone and they said no. =/

I wonder how much money Verizon has lost by screwing people over with this grandfathered plan bs.
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Hmm, ordered online but I think they overcharged me on the tax. The wholesale price is 249 but they charged me almost $54 in tax. Trying to get through on the phone but just getting a busy signal.
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Quote from jiggaman View Post :
Hmm, ordered online but I think they overcharged me on the tax. The wholesale price is 249 but they charged me almost $54 in tax. Trying to get through on the phone but just getting a busy signal.

Are you in California? The same thing happened to me. I'm going to call them, too.
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#89
To the poster who asked if the activation fee footnote appeared on their invoice, this is from the PDF they make you agree to:

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AT&T Activation Fee
A $36 activation fee will appear on your first bill for each new line of service activated. As an exclusive to Costco members,you will receive a service activation credit to reimburse you for the activation fee on your new 2-year service agreements. The service activation credit appears on your bill 2-3 months after initial service is established. Upgrades do not qualify for this credit. Within the first 150 days of
your new account, a $445 deposit is required for lines 4 and 5, regardless of account type (Individual or Family). Provided theaccount remains within good standing for 150 days, the deposit will no longer be required for lines 4 and 5. The deposit is subject to be refunded after 1 year of good standing.
I am assuming that someone with ATT service, but out of contract, would be treated more as a new activation or qualified upgrade, which should be eligible to have the fee waived. The key is that this process can take 2-3 months, so just make sure you remember to check.

If anyone knows better, I'm all ears. Even with the activation fee, this deal was good enough that I jumped on it. Only thing I am having doubts on is that I chose blue instead of black lol.


EDIT. Now I'm not so sure. I just went back and added the phone as if it were a new 2 year plan, rather than an upgrade, and it does explicitly state that the fee will be waived, so it looks like I'll be paying, unless I can convince ATT otherwise.
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#90
Quote from greenbird65 View Post :
Are you in California? The same thing happened to me. I'm going to call them, too.
Yeah I'm in CA. I'll let you know if I get through. Let me know if you get through first Smilie
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