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    So I have decided against getting a Galaxy Nexus from Amazon Wireless only because I'm old fashion and like to be able to walk into a store if I have any issues or want to make a return/exchange. So I'm contemplating whether I want to get my phone through Verizon Wireless or Best Buy. The prices look to be more or less the same across the board for newer devices, but I'm interested in the: return policies, fees, discounts and insurance plans.
    So many phones, so little time.
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    Best Buy sucks. I use them only as a last resort or if I can maximize the benefits of their Rewards program when their prices are actually competitive (which isn't often enough).
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    Quote Originally Posted by EggoEspada View Post
    So I have decided against getting a Galaxy Nexus from Amazon Wireless only because I'm old fashion and like to be able to walk into a store if I have any issues or want to make a return/exchange. So I'm contemplating whether I want to get my phone through Verizon Wireless or Best Buy. The prices look to be more or less the same across the board for newer devices, but I'm interested in the: return policies, fees, discounts and insurance plans.
    If you are buying it outright... Verizon is your best bet. If you are interested in the return policy... Verizon currently is your best bet because the return date from now is January 9th (in a corporate store). You know what my recommendation is.
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    Bestbuy will more than likely sell the phone for $100 more. They will price match Verizon as long as one of the Verizon stores in your town has it in stock. And with Bestbuy you can also buy the buyback option for around $60. With that you can sell your phone back to Bestbuy for half of the original price of the phone with in the first 6 months and then they give you less money after that.
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    But ordering online you get to save on sales tax. Some of you guys live in states with outrageous tax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjlandberg View Post
    And with Bestbuy you can also buy the buyback option for around $60. With that you can sell your phone back to Bestbuy for half of the original price of the phone with in the first 6 months and then they give you less money after that.
    So as long as you decide to spend another $200-$300 on another phone, you can get $110 out of your original $300 back ($300 / 2 = $150; $150 - $60 = $110). Realistically, you don't get half back but more like a third back. Just need to point out the actual math in Best Buy's marketing scheme to suck more money out of its customers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davey11 View Post
    But ordering online you get to save on sales tax. Some of you guys live in states with outrageous tax.

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    That's not true. Sales tax will be charged to you if the retailer operates any physical locations (retail locations, distribution warehouses, etc.) in the state in which you reside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jephanie View Post
    That's not true. Sales tax will be charged to you if the retailer operates any physical locations (retail locations, distribution warehouses, etc.) in the state in which you reside.
    Ok, by buying from an online retailer which does not have a physical presence in your state you can save on sales tax. ;-)



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    I believe most retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon, etc. require you to sign their own contract as well as Verizon's. It usually doesn't mean much other than having an additional ETF if you cancel within the first 6 months. As you noted though, they often have great prices for older phones (Radio Shack has the Incredible 2 for free with new/renewed contract right now), but newest phones are almost always the same prices everywhere.

    Also, I don't know if this applies to you, but if I understand correctly, only Verizon Wireless will let you get an upgrade price with an annual upgrade option, if you still have one of those. For example, I got my last phone on November 18, 2010 (before Verizon discontinued the annual upgrade ~January 16, 2011). Therefore, I am grandfathered into the annual upgrade option and can get the upgrade price for a new phone (might have to pay $20 more though). If I purchased a new phone from Best Buy, Amazon, etc., then I would have to pay the full retail price until my 2-year contract expired on November 18, 2012.

    Incidentally, if I wanted to upgrade to something like an Incredible 2 for cheap retailer prices, I would be out of luck. Again, with one-year upgrade option, I can ONLY get upgrade price at Verizon Wireless. That was probably a lot of information that you didn't even ask for!
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    Quote Originally Posted by davey11 View Post
    Ok, by buying from an online retailer which does not have a physical presence in your state you can save on sales tax. ;-)
    And that would be a true statement.
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    I got a postcard from my local Verizon store. They gave me a "$50 off your next smartphone" and a "Buy One Get One Free Accessory" coupon, so they win my business. Even without those coupons, I usually go to the VZW stores instead of Best Buy/Costco/etc. Personal preference.
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    Go for Best Buy. Their return policy is January 26th at the moment and this applies to cell phones. Their contract is non existent and they also have their service plan which will replace your phone with a refurb or brand new phone if you do ANYTHING to it short of losing it. It seems we have a lot of BBY haters in this forum. I have had nothing but good luck with them and am happy to say I am "renting" a Rezound until Verizon gets their act together and releases this dang phone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davey11 View Post
    But ordering online you get to save on sales tax. Some of you guys live in states with outrageous tax.

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    That isn't entirely accurate. If we order online at VZW In CA, we wouldn't because Verizon has offices and such in the state. About the only thing we might get away with is not paying the ridiculous electronics disposal fee/tax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EggoEspada View Post
    So I have decided against getting a Galaxy Nexus from Amazon Wireless only because I'm old fashion and like to be able to walk into a store if I have any issues or want to make a return/exchange. So I'm contemplating whether I want to get my phone through Verizon Wireless or Best Buy. The prices look to be more or less the same across the board for newer devices, but I'm interested in the: return policies, fees, discounts and insurance plans.

    If you're worried about return policy, go to Best Buy. No re stocking fees and you have till the second week in january to exchange it. For insurance, VZW covers lost or stolen but requires a deductible for that or any physical damage. Best Buy does not cover lost or stolen but no deductible for physical damage. Prices are gunna be the same for the phones, and no, third party retailers don't require an additional contract to be signed as someone else stated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjlandberg View Post
    Bestbuy will more than likely sell the phone for $100 more. They will price match Verizon as long as one of the Verizon stores in your town has it in stock. And with Bestbuy you can also buy the buyback option for around $60. With that you can sell your phone back to Bestbuy for half of the original price of the phone with in the first 6 months and then they give you less money after that.
    $100 more? For the two years I've been with the company, I have yet to see a new phone be priced higher on contract than a carrier.
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    Prices are gunna be the same for the phones, and no, third party retailers don't require an additional contract to be signed as someone else stated.
    Third parties do have an extra contract. Maybe not the people BB do business with but others do. Lets Talk for example has the additional 6mo. I know this for a fact because the BX mobile exchange gets their phones through them and I was informed of it upon paying $99 for my TB in August.
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    Will Best Buy sell an out of contract phone? I think I remember reading that Costco only sells contract devices when you have an upgrade available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck41520 View Post
    Go for Best Buy. Their return policy is January 26th at the moment and this applies to cell phones. Their contract is non existent and they also have their service plan which will replace your phone with a refurb or brand new phone if you do ANYTHING to it short of losing it. It seems we have a lot of BBY haters in this forum. I have had nothing but good luck with them and am happy to say I am "renting" a Rezound until Verizon gets their act together and releases this dang phone!

    Dec 8 is OK by me as long as I have another snappy phone in my pocket that isn't my OG DROID
    I was just there last night and they told me its still only 30 days
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    Thanks for the replies, guys! Keep them coming.

    I also have a question about whether any of the two have any fees on top of the phone?

    Also, I forgot about Radio Shack -- what's the experience like there compared to others?
    So many phones, so little time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byrds8 View Post
    Third parties do have an extra contract. Maybe not the people BB do business with but others do. Lets Talk for example has the additional 6mo. I know this for a fact because the BX mobile exchange gets their phones through them and I was informed of it upon paying $99 for my TB in August.

    I think let's talk and wirefly are affiliated, but I know wirefly has an etf. You cannot alter any aspect of your plan including buying a different phone off contact for 6 months. It's a $300 fee. This is on top of vz's etf. So if you were to switch carriers in that 6 months, you would pay dearly. It's in the fine print, they are so sneaky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greydarrah View Post
    Will Best Buy sell an out of contract phone? I think I remember reading that Costco only sells contract devices when you have an upgrade available.
    Yeah I do it all the time. Sadly, our prices for outright usually sucks, so just have them price match VZW . ex: first month droid 3 was out, VZW had it for 460 while we had it for 600.

    And byrds8, you're right my bad. When I thought 3rd party I was only thinking radioshack, walmart, target, best buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sw33tooth View Post
    I was just there last night and they told me its still only 30 days
    That's false info. Anything with a traditional 30 day return policy gets extended until january. Forgot the exact date but I can find out when I go back tomorrow if its that important.
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    Since I'll be buying off contract, I was planning on getting it from Amazon Wireless, so I could avoid tax, but I recently found out that they charge $100 more for off contract phones than Verizon, themselves, do. So, I'll probably end up having to order through Verizon, as I'd think the tax will be less than the extra $100 Amazon will charge.
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    I will buy from Bestbuy off contract. They always pricematch VZW and I get the Reward Zone points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaBlackMamba View Post
    $100 more? For the two years I've been with the company, I have yet to see a new phone be priced higher on contract than a carrier.
    I should have verified that. I don't buy my phones on contract anymore. It's $100 more if you buy off contract. And they will match Verizon as long as they have the phone in stock. Contract prices will be the same. My bad.
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