Discounts and gifts for bugs: Google trying to trick people into buying new Pixel phones?


In case some of you missed it, Google has been… very generous lately.

The company offers some exceptional trade-in deals and gifts with your Pixel purchase, which is… beautiful. Who doesn’t love a bargain? That’s the same question I asked myself before paying $900 for a Pixel 6 Pro about ten months ago. The irresistible offer, which I wish I had resisted, included my Pixel 6 Pro and a pair of Bose 700 headphones worth around €350 at the time. My cousin bought a Pixel 6 and when the Bose 700s ran out, they switched to Bose QC 35II, which were even more expensive at the time, and added a $75 Google Store voucher worth over $400 and pretty much selling the Pixel 6 for €200-250, lower than its original price of €650 at launch, in Europe. For the record, US buyers received a free pair of Pixel Buds A with the purchase of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Even then I thought to myself, “Why so generous, Google?”. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were already noticeably cheaper than flagship phones from Samsung and The expensive gifts from Apple and Google made it all seem almost too good to be true.

Because… it was too good to be true.

Google will pay you $200 and give you a Pixel 6A for your iPhone 13 Pro Max or $300 for an old iPhone 7, iPhone 8

The original idea for this story had been documented for many months, and the reason I decided it was a good time to bring up the topic was another series of “too good to be true” deals that Google had made available .

This time the incredible deals are on the newly launched Google Pixel 6A. Let’s take a look at some trade-in deals in Europe and the US. From now on with Sundar Pichai & Co you can:

  • iPhone 7, iPhone 8 for up to $300 (US)
  • Galaxy S10 for $300 (US)

  • iPhone 4S for €90 (Europe)
  • iPhone SE 2016 for €150 (Europe)
  • Galaxy S9 for $175 (Europe)
  • iPhone 8 for €250 (Europe)

This in itself is an incredible value, as a phone like the iPhone 4S is worth next to nothing right now. However, the most impressive trade-in deals are for the old iPhone 7 and iPhone 8. These phones are currently over five years old, and Google is ready to give you up to $300 if you switch to the Pixel 6A, cutting the price of the excellent mid-range phone would drop to just $150. But that is not everything…

When the Pixel 6A went on pre-order in the US, UK and Europe, Google released a pair of Pixel Buds A worth $100 worth of them. This offer is gone for now, but at the time, coupled with some of the trade-in deals for old iPhones, this would have given you a Pixel 6A for practically $100, which is:

1. Hilarious
2. Almost Suspiciously Amazing

Did Google always know that the Pixel 6 series was going to be problematic and try the gifts to buy you luck and patience?

All these suspiciously amazing deals bring me to the original question I had. Are Google’s incredibly generous deals and gifts any way to compensate for devices the company knows are buggy devices, or is Google just ready to sell some phones at a loss on its way to establishing itself as a serious player? Xiaomi is known to do the latter.Of course, we cannot know the answer to this question. However, I can give you two completely different perspectives on the fact that Google has given away so many gifts and good deals for the Pixel 6 series of flaws:

The first is my perspective as a Pixel 6 Pro owner who also happens to be a tech enthusiast. I think the pair of Bose 700 headphones I received are definitely not good for the buggy phone I bought for €900, which stayed in the buggy for 10 whole months (it seems to be getting better with Android 13, but we’ll talk about that in a future story).

My cousin, on the other hand, who, as I said, paid $650 for a Pixel 6 and a pair of the latest Bose QC II, was more than willing to tolerate the completely broken fingerprint reader on his Pixel 6, which Google has been talking about for about a month. did to fix. He loves his Bose headphones and uses them all the time, so whatever Google’s intent was, it seems the gifts bought him luck and patience. I told him he could return the phone, but he didn’t want to. Despite the Pixel 6’s inconsistent performance, it thought it was getting a good price.

Pixel 7 Series: Is it worth pre-ordering a potentially buggy phone in exchange for a pair of earphones and a good trade-in deal?

I know this is a very personal and even family-oriented story, but I like the fact that I can work with practical examples here.

Look, my mom and aunt just happen to be using a Galaxy S9 and an iPhone 8. They both want and honestly need a new phone right now. My aunt says the iPhone 8’s poor battery life and low storage capacity are getting harder and harder to ignore, and my mom’s Galaxy S9 (which, as you can imagine, I have to use sometimes) is a slow mess — no nicer way to say it. they are obviously not up to date with the latest and greatest smartphones, which means I had to make an important decision on their behalf: do I recommend a Pixel 6A, which they could effectively get for just €200 (Galaxy S9 trade-in and the free Pixel Buds A) and €120 (iPhone 8 trade-in and the free Pixel Buds A), or do I make the wiser choice not to repeat a possible Pixel error?

I chose the latter.

Will Google now continue the trend of incredible gift bundles, trade-ins and buggy flagships? We don’t have to wait too long to find out, because the Pixel 7 series has already gone through the FFC, meaning a launch is imminent.

The good news for now and Google’s only hope remains Android 13. As suggested above, I installed the update on my Pixel 6 Pro, which now seems to be more stable than ever. I’ll give myself another week or so just to be sure how wired the Pixel 6 Pro isand then I’ll tell you all about it in a new story. Until then, I’d think twice about Google’s great deals.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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