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Aussie reveals trick to scoring $750 discount on new phone

A few simple steps yielded a huge reward for one clever customer.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra phone, and receipt
One clever Aussie shares his secret to saving hundreds of dollars on a new Samsung phone. (Source: AP, J. Fursey)

A savvy Aussie shopper has revealed how he managed to shave $751 off the price of a brand-new mobile phone, offering some handy tips for fellow bargain hunters.

Sharing his buy on Facebook, the man presented a copy of an invoice, showing he bought a Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra at a heavily discounted price.

"My bargain of the week: $1,900 new phone for $1,200," the man started off his post before disclosing exactly how he made the huge savings.

"$200 off on special," he continued. "$500 minimum trade-in on the old phone. $1 for the phone itself because I have a cracked screen. $50 for signing up to the Samsung newsletter."

Promotions to look for

The shopper, who made his purchase on the Samsung Australia website, revealed he traded in his older Samsung S20+ device.

"I believe if the phone didn't have a cracked screen, I would have saved an extra $140," he added in the comments.

"If you already have a Samsung, you download the trade-up app and get the trade-in code," he said of the promotion he took advantage of, also mentioning that Apple ran similar deals. He further disclosed that Samsung sent a return parcel seven days after delivering a new phone as part of the deal.

Other Facebook users who'd had experience trading in devices chimed in to add info on other promotions that garnered big savings, such as special deals for uni students and discounts from retailers.

"I did this at JB Hi-Fi for the Plus. $1,649 with $200 off, down to $1,449. $450 trade-in offer, so $999. Then $150 for my old phone. $849 total," another shopper shared.

"The extra $50 newsletter sign-up from Samsung would have been handy though."

"Thanks for this. Didn't know about the deals until this post! Ordered Z Fold 4 512 GB after all the discounts, paid $1,118," a grateful user added.

Great deals to be had

Aussies can also take advantage of trade-in offers on smartphones and other devices such as tablets, laptops, game consoles and cameras through eBay and other e-commerce websites.

Previous reports revealed that Australians had been sitting on $6.4 billion worth of unused, second-hand smartphones alone, based on data disclosed by eBay in 2021.

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