What's the best deal on a Note 8 preorder? Best Buy vs Sam's Club, Costco and Target


As you might have already sensed with your wallet, this year's phones in the midtier to high-end segment are more expensive than their predecessors, on account of their design overhauls, as was already exemplified by the S8, G6, OnePlus 5, or with the rumored $1000 starting tag for the OLED iPhone 8. The latest comer to the flagship party, however, Galaxy Note 8, beats them all right now, as it is already at the starting price of nearly a grand, a Benjamin more than its unfortunate predecessor, the Note 7. Still, Samsung and the carriers, as well as the nationwide retailers, are throwing in enough freebies and enticements to make the price a bit more palatable.

The Note 8 will be available in carrier shops and websites at Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, as well as the likes of C Spire, Cricket Wireless, Straight Talk Wireless, U.S. Cellular, and Xfinity Mobile, but also retailers like BestBuy, Walmart, Costco or Target. The phone ranges at $930-$960, but you do get perks with early ordering like a free Gear 360 or convertible charging pad, yet these are coming from Samsung, so you can get them everywhere, while retailers like Best Buy or Sam's Club are offering much better deals than the carriers, so we've ranked them in order of appeal, and are waiting on Walmart, which is yet to post its Note 8 bonuses.

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Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)

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8 Comments

1. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

Target also will be cutting the price of the note 8 in half for those that are on sprint flex plans and are eligible for their new phone. For pre-orders

2. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I have always waited tell the phones are in the stores and have never pre-ordered one. Do I need to get my money out of savings and take it with me or do you pay when it comes in. I will be going to Sam's since I shop there a lot and could use the gift card.

3. nicknack84

Posts: 48; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

All depends on the retailer. If you're switching services and doing a monthly payment option, there may be a deposit required. If you want to pay it all then you can do that as well. You can always call in advance and ask yo be safe.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I use to do monthly payment tell the s8+, I paid cash and the note 8 will be cash. Thanks , I will be over there Saturday to buy groceries and will just take my money with me.

5. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Already pre-ordered mine last night and kiko da kellyanne conway of PA's colon is ready. Mxyflashdabitchmite's colon has been ready, already drizzled lube on his rear and he said "I'm already primed"

6. Tipus

Posts: 869; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Preordered unlocked from samsung website. Got $425 discount with my s7 edge trade in. Can't wait :)

7. deman

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 25, 2017

Very important info for Sam's club members wanting to take advantage of the deal for the card: You can NOT have ANY time left on your contract! You must be paid off and available for an upgrade! Sam's system for preorder does not check your carriers account, it just sends the phone to the store and if you can't get the phone activated then they just send it right back. It says on the preorder website in very very small print that the associates can NOT negotiate an early upgrade or make remaining payments for you. You have to call your carrier and take care of that ahead of time. I have a leased device and am getting an early upgrade and have to send my old phone back so I found out I am unable to sign up with a box retailer because of this. Saved myself some time, trouble, embarrassment, and gas at least. That gift card would have been good to have, but I will be getting my phone a couple weeks earlier than my club will so that makes me feel a bit better. I know the cell associate and she said they have been emailed and told that they now won't even be getting them till the morning of Sep 24th.

8. deman

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 25, 2017

Very important info for Sam's club members wanting to take advantage of the deal for the card: You can NOT have ANY time left on your contract! You must be paid off and available for an upgrade! Sam's system for preorder does not check your carriers account, it just sends the phone to the store and if you can't get the phone activated then they just send it right back. It says on the preorder website in very very small print that the associates can NOT negotiate an early upgrade or make remaining payments for you. You have to call your carrier and take care of that ahead of time. I have a leased device and am getting an early upgrade and have to send my old phone back so I found out I am unable to sign up with a box retailer because of this. Saved myself some time, trouble, embarrassment, and gas at least. That gift card would have been good to have, but I will be getting my phone a couple weeks earlier than my club will so that makes me feel a bit better. I know the cell associate and she said they have been emailed and told that they now won't even be getting them till the morning of Sep 24th.

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