Samsung's latest flagship Android smartphones include the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and the Galaxy Note 9, however, sales volume for the former two devices hasn't exactly been impressive. In July Samsung reported softer profits with the finger pointed directly at lower than expected sales of its flagship devices. Samsung has now stepped up to the plate and is doubling its Galaxy Note 9, S9, and S9+ trade-in offer on eligible smartphones.
Samsung's double trade-in value deal runs from October 5, 2018, through November 3, 2018, and is valid at Best Buy, AT&T, Samsung.com, and other retailers. It's probably going to be best for those wanting to take advantage of this deal to buy directly via Samsung where you get the discount on trade instantly; the caveat being if you send in your trade device and it's deemed unworthy of the eligibility requirements, you will owe some cash. Going directly through Samsung, the discount is applied in the cart before purchase.
If you opt to purchase via Best Buy, you will pay full price for the smartphone, and then mail your trade-in device to Samsung. It will evaluate your trade to see if it qualifies, and if it does qualify, you will get a Visa Virtual Reward with the value of your device via email, and through the Samsung Shop app in about 30 days. Samsung offers no precise details on the discount deal at AT&T, stating buyers need to talk to an AT&T rep for information.
Taking advantage of this trade-in offer comes with the same risk of any trade offer; Samsung could potentially decide your device isn't eligible after you have paid for the new Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, or S9+, and you are stuck with having paid full price. To get the best trade value of $600, you must be trading in an iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, or Galaxy S9+. Samsung is using the "double your trade value" claim loosely in this deal; the normal trade value it offers for an iPhone X is $399, and $600 is most certainly not double the standard trade value on that smartphone. If you trade an older device, like the iPhone SE, your trade value, even when doubled, is only $50. Still, incentives like this are better than nothing and typically do end up moving more phones.