Best Buy's Black Friday pricing - I'm confused, please help!

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2 weeks 6 days ago #41761 by peterquinn
So I was looking at Best Buy’s Black Friday ad on their site. Very confused.

Some of the items are “get it today” and those prices I can understand.

Other items, like the Moto G7 Play, don’t have “get it today” prices and that’s very confusing. Can someone please explain how much I will have to pay for an unlocked Moto G7 Play if I buy it on Black Friday? All help much appreciated!

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2 weeks 6 days ago #41763 by Isamorph

peterquinn wrote: So I was looking at Best Buy’s Black Friday ad on their site. Very confused.

Some of the items are “get it today” and those prices I can understand.

Other items, like the Moto G7 Play, don’t have “get it today” prices and that’s very confusing. Can someone please explain how much I will have to pay for an unlocked Moto G7 Play if I buy it on Black Friday? All help much appreciated!


"Black Friday ad items with the Get it today! message are available now at planned Black Friday prices. Learn more ›"

"What does the “Get it today!” banner mean on the Black Friday ad preview?
When you see the “Get it today!” banner, this means that our planned Black Friday pricing is available early for a limited time. You don't have to wait until Black Friday to purchase these deals at our planned Black Friday prices. Due to the promotional nature of these offers, pricing is subject to change. Quantities are limited.

Get it today
What does the Save for Later button mean on the Black Friday ad preview?
By clicking the Save for Later button, you can add these deals to your Saved Items list, so that they're ready for purchase when Black Friday pricing is available. The price shown in the Black Friday ad preview is the price that the item will be during the Black Friday sale period. The items you save will appear on your Saved Items page, which you can access from the navigation bar at the top of BestBuy.com. These items can be purchased at Black Friday sale pricing only during the sale period. Note that adding an item to a list does not hold or reserve the item, and the price of the item is subject to change. If an item on your list is discontinued or no longer available during the Black Friday sale period, the Add to Cart button will be replaced with a Sold Out button. The item will not be removed from your list automatically. Items are subject to product availability. Quantities are limited."

Of course, "subject to change" and "planned" are always confusing, for the best-laid plans are always subject to change, which makes predicting the future difficult.

www.bestbuy.com/site/black-friday/sale-ad
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2 weeks 6 days ago #41764 by peterquinn
Aah, many thanks, Isamorph! Sadly then, the Moto G7 Play I was eyeing will be out of my price range :-( Should have bought the AT&T Prepaid Moto E5 Play when it was available recently for 30 bucks at BestBuy.
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2 weeks 6 days ago #41765 by Isamorph

peterquinn wrote: Aah, many thanks, Isamorph! Sadly then, the Moto G7 Play I was eyeing will be out of my price range :-( Should have bought the AT&T Prepaid Moto E5 Play when it was available recently for 30 bucks at BestBuy.


Yeah, I don’t think you’ll be able to know how much the G7play will cost on Black Friday since it may or may not be discounted from today’s price. I would guess that some vendor will offer this phone on or near Black Friday at a considerably cheaper price than it now goes for, so there is hope.

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2 weeks 1 day ago #41806 by mmfacemm

peterquinn wrote: Aah, many thanks, Isamorph! Sadly then, the Moto G7 Play I was eyeing will be out of my price range :-( Should have bought the AT&T Prepaid Moto E5 Play when it was available recently for 30 bucks at BestBuy.


It is back $29.99
www.bestbuy.com/site/at-t-prepaid-motorola-moto-e5-play-with-16gb-memory-prepaid-cell-phone-black/6300370.p?skuId=6300370
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2 weeks 1 day ago #41820 by peterquinn
Thanks mmfacemm! Looks like this phone can only work on At&t even though it has CDMA as well as GSM - even after using it for six months on At&t Prepaid and then unlocking it. Does anyone know if that's correct? I was reading the SD threads and couldn't tell.

mmfacemm wrote:

peterquinn wrote: Aah, many thanks, Isamorph! Sadly then, the Moto G7 Play I was eyeing will be out of my price range :-( Should have bought the AT&T Prepaid Moto E5 Play when it was available recently for 30 bucks at BestBuy.


It is back $29.99
www.bestbuy.com/site/at-t-prepaid-motorola-moto-e5-play-with-16gb-memory-prepaid-cell-phone-black/6300370.p?skuId=6300370

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2 weeks 1 day ago - 2 weeks 19 hours ago #41822 by KentE
I don't know what happens to the AT&T Prepaid G6 E5 Play after 6 months on AT&T....even the factory-unlocked E5 Play is GSM only, so it seems optimistic to hope that the prepaid version would become CDMA-capable. (But I haven't read the thread, and maybe it's some oddity that allows it.)

If you're looking for a factory-unlocked 4-carrier phone, Motorola is repeating some other sales from a couple of weeks ago.

At Amazon and BH Photo,
Moto G6 , 32GB, $120 (apparently cheaper than last time.)
Moto E6, 16GB $130 (This was cheaper last time, at $100, I think)
Moto Z3 Play, 32gb, $150

Personally, I'd go for BH Photo, since all 3 include a 3-month, 12GB, Mint Mobile SIM there.
(Avoid the factory-unlocked E5 Play, which is a little cheaper, but GSM only.)
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2 weeks 1 hour ago - 2 weeks 1 hour ago #41828 by peterquinn
KentE wrote, "Avoid the factory-unlocked E5 Play, which is a little cheaper, but GSM only."

Ah yes, Dennis Bournique's PrepaidPhoneNews post on unlocked phones specifies that, so you're right, the AT&T E5Play probably won't work with Verizon.

But BestBuy's specs page for the AT&T-locked E5Play states that it has both CDMA and GSM -- "Network Type CDMA, GSM" and it says the phone has "LTE Band 1, LTE Band 12, LTE Band 13, LTE Band 17, LTE Band 2, LTE Band 25, LTE Band 26, LTE Band 29, LTE Band 3, LTE Band 4, LTE Band 5, LTE Band 7, LTE Band 8".

And funnily, Walmart stores list the factory-unlocked E5Play as "Unlocked" and usable on all networks including Verizon and Sprint.

Lots of confusion around, that's for sure.

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2 weeks 47 minutes ago - 1 week 6 days ago #41830 by Isamorph
Walmart's E5 Model number is XT1921-1, whereas Best Buy's AT&T E5 model number is XT1921-2. The devil is in the details. I do think Walmart and other sellers sometimes get the details wrong in their product descriptions of cell phone specs, unlike B&H Photo which does a good job of informing buyers about which networks phones will work on.

www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1432613-REG/moto_paa90004us_e5_play_16gb_smartphone.html

www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1496570-REG/moto_pafg0014us_moto_e6_16gb_smartphone.html

***Here's a $68 Moto G4 unlocked that will supposedly work on all carriers but Sprint, and it's supposedly "new".

www.ebay.com/itm/Motorola-Moto-G-4th-Generation-XT1625-16GB-Black-Unlocked-Smartphone/383215144683?epid=222812870&hash=item5939670eeb:g:~TgAAOSwJU5dp1Mk:sc:USPSFirstClass!92252!US!-1
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1 week 6 days ago #41839 by KentE

KentE wrote: Moto E6, 16GB $130 (This was cheaper last time, at $100, I think))


The Moto E6 is now $100 at Best Buy, and I think BB prices now match those above on the Moto G and Z..

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