It's no secret that we think the Galaxy Tab S series are the best tablets you can buy right now. They're also not cheap - Samsung's priced its iPad competitors at iPad prices, and that means shelling out at least a cool $400 if you want to get in on that Super AMOLED goodness. Best Buy, though, is willing to give you a whole Benjamin off the MSRP if you give them a little trade-in action, though.


Bring any working (key word there) tablet that isn't a Nook in to your local Best Buy and you'll get a minimum $50 gift card plus a $50 coupon off any Tab S model. That adds up to $100 total off, at least - pretty legit savings, if you ask us. So, if you've got some ancient Acer or no-name tablet lying around that isn't worth its weight in eWaste fees, take it on over to Best Buy - even if you don't want the Tab S, you'll still end up with a $50 gift card.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Woodrowe Bones

    Think this would apply to HP Touchpads? Mine even has android on it :p

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I don't see why not.

      • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

        I don't know if I'd trust that in all honesty. I have seen Best Buy be a touch shady with this stuff. I remember at the XP EOL they offered $100 towards any laptop and I was going to pick up another C720. They were total dicks to me and wouldn't take either of my perfectly working XP computers because one was "too old" and they didn't know what the laptop was (it was a Dell Vostro with a Core 2 Duo and good specs).

        Theses guys are getting more and more unreliable for this type of promotion (I feel), and it just shows how "creative" they are trying to be to compete with Amazon without actually knowing what they are doing any more.

        It is kind of sad. I really used to love that store...

        • jm9843

          For that promo, you had to be ready to instruct the Best Buy goons on how to do their job. The mistake many made was trying to process the trade-in as a normal trade-in. It had to be done through the "recycle" program for a super old laptop to be eligible. After an hour of haggling and explaining this to them, I was able to do the deal with my ancient Dell 700m.

    • si3ge

      it DOES say "any working tablet" so technically that should include it. you might get some questions when they try to lookup the model or something in the system.

      • Brady

        it also indicates that not all products are eligible for trade in. just sayin'

        • si3ge

          you are correct. and now that i read further i see theres all kinds of ass-covering verbiage as well. some stores may have additional limitations... cracked screen or water damage means not working so no trade in. ugh.

    • TylerChappell

      I think it will in fact work. There was a guy standing in line behind us with an HP tablet in hand that he apparently was returning for in-store credit towards the purchase of a new tablet. Sadly, I got too busy with my own transaction to tell him he should get a Nexus 7.

  • rogue3

    Went to their site, entered in info for my ASUS TF300 and was told it was worth $47. I'm guessing it is $50 *max* no minimum trade-in value.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      This is a promo deal, it says $50 minimum. I'd trust the promo over the trade-in calculator.

      • TylerChappell

        This is correct, I had the same concern, and it is in fact a $50 coupon with a MINIMUM $50 gift card.

    • bearballz

      Hmmm, I have a Lenovo Thinkpad 64gb (Android) tablet gathering dust and was offered $99.00 for it on BB website. Also have the pen and the docking cradle plus all the boxes.

      Wondering if I'd get more with the accessories included?

    • TylerChappell

      I had the same concern with my dad's OG Galaxy Tab 10.1 from 2011, which is apparently only a $25 trade-in, but the $50 minimum promo takes precedence and thus we got our $100 for that 3yr old ICS tablet today.

    • Vidfreek

      I have a Galaxy Note 10.1 8013 model and it isnt worth much more, you could easily sell your tablet to someone else for twice as much and they would still be getting a good deal, same with mine, no way would I deal with Best Buy again after the fiasco I had with my HTC One and their warranty. There is a reason Best Buy sucks

  • sssgadget

    Too bad Samsung went the Exynos route.

    • Aooga

      I would have bought it instantly if it had a 801. No one develops for Exynos for a reason.

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    • Tyler Humphreys

      Apparently the LTE version uses a Snapdragon. I will consider it, but still probably just get the next Nexus tablet.

    • stang68

      I just bought a Tab Pro 8.4 for $249 at best buy. Figured it's essentially the same device!

      • TylerChappell

        Honestly, they're super similar. You basically sacrifice the sAMOLED display for the Samsung S-Pen. And who knows, the mere fact that the Tab S series is newer, *may* mean Samsung updates them slightly ahead of their Note & Note Pro models.

    • iKrontologist

      I hate to say it, but Exynos is getting a bad rap all because fools like you can figure out the difference between chip models and the fact Exynos Octa took some time to get HSA Heterogenous computing API's. Which means after they were re benchmarked showed a remarkable performance jump!

  • Cory S

    I have a chinese tablet I use on my Kegbot I bought for 38 bucks off amazon...new. Hehehe

    • TylerChappell

      You should try it just to see what they say lmao. They may not accept it but it's worth a shot!

  • Your Mother

    you gotta be kidding me., I literally just purchased mine a few hours ago, already uploaded a video to my youtube channel. I have my OG Tab 10.1 I would have gladly parted with for $100 off !!

    maybe I can take mine back and get another one but then they might charge me a restocking fee.

    • Aooga

      From best buy? They don't charge any fees.

    • Kaero

      If I were you I'd just try taking in the receipt and the old tablet and telling them what's what. Chances are they'll give you the deal. At least I know my local Best Buy would. Isn't there some 30 day lowest price guarantee thing?

      • WhoaManWtF

        I think it is like 14 days, but yeah they will do it.

    • TylerChappell

      They should! We took in my dad's GTAB 10.1 and got $100 today. They'll give you a $50 gift card and a sheet of paper with a $50 coupon printed on it. You could probably even keep the AC adapter because it seems they don't give any extra money for it...

  • blast0id

    I have a NookHD+ with a cracked screen but it works 100%, no issues what-so-ever, does that count?

  • Jcastag

    Get a minimum $50 credit for trade in on any working tablet... 2 sentences after that.... Not all tablets eligible.. F You Best Buy... Which is it??

    • TylerChappell

      I am assuming that it probably excludes certain off-brand or exclusive tablets (such was the walmart black friday exclusive HP that was $89)
      So junk like Coby, Sylvania, RCA, and any of those other god-awful tablets they might not accept.
      But you should be good of you have any of the Kindle Fire's, Acer, Asus, Samsung, Sony, HP, Motorola, or Lenovo tablets.

  • https://twitter.com/SoFloEasycore SoFloEasycore

    maybe I can finally get rid of my 1st generation iPad. piece of junk.

  • Jay Ochs

    just a heads up, it's only tablets that are in their system.

    i tried to do my perfect condition HTC Evo View 4G tablet, and they refused, even after I explained to them it was 100% identical to the HTC Flyer, which they sold exclusively, but it just had 4G connectivity through Sprint. they told me nope, can't do it.

    so I called the other best buy, explained as such, and they refused as well. so i guess you have to have a best buy near you who isn't as anal about it in order to get the deal. they were like, "it's only $50 though." and i was like, um no, it's $100 because you then get a $50 off coupon towards the Tab S, which I explained I was going to purchase.

    so i went back to the guys in the Samsung booth and they were like, "seriously? they won't take it? that's stupid." lol guess they were upset they lost a sale.

    either way, i doubt i'll be buying it. I was only going to get it if i could get the 10.5 inch at 400 bucks, but I don't see that happening. oh well! nice tablet, though.

    • TylerChappell

      Ah that's crazy. Just another way carrier devices screw the customer over! Fortunately they took my dad's old 16gb wifi Galaxy Tab 10.1 for $100. I was afraid they wouldn't at first since that seems to be the going price for a used one on eBay.

  • jobber99

    I traded in a Nokia n800...and it worked

  • TylerChappell

    I'll post my experience about doing this today! My dad has been using his original Galaxy Tab 10.1 from 2011 that we got him for xmas in 2011 for $360 (believe it or not, that was an incredibly low price for a 10.1" tegra 2 Android tablet back then). (btw, FU nVidia and Samsung for not upgrading it to at least Jelly Bean)
    I wanted to get an idea of how much it would be worth if we merely tried to take it in for trade-in, so I walk up to the service desk and ask the guy. He looks it up in their system and says that the trade-in value is like $25, but more likely a mere $17.50. (I also had the original box and charger, AND the original plastic was still on the back of the device).
    Now when I asked the guy at the service desk what the value was, turns out he was completely oblivious at the time and had no idea that they had this $100 minimum trade-in deal going on for the Galaxy Tab S, so I found another employee in the store, and he knew about it and I told him what I had and he was like "yeah bring it on in, you'll get $100 minimum towards the purchase!)
    Sure enough, I bring it in there, power it on for them, and after a few questions (like asking for driver's license if you've never done a BB trade-in before), and we're all set.
    They hand us a $50 gift card + a sheet of paper with a $50 coupon for the Galaxy Tab S.
    Because of Samsung's bloated Touchwiz, my dad decided to go ahead and get the 32GB model for $549 (which by the way, has about 24-25GB usable storage and the 32GB model is currently a Best Buy exclusive).
    After using a bunch of BB gift cards on it that my dad had over the years, we walk out of the store with a brand new Galaxy Tab S 10.5 in Titanium Bronze for only $149.
    Oh, and Quadrant scores on this bad boy? About 15,800 in POWER SAVING mode, and over 20,400 points without Power Saving mode turned on. It's a beast.
    Also, from my usage so far, the finger print scanner seems to work really well, at least for me. (certainly not having the 40% success rate that some people seem to be getting)

  • Tee Martin