Apple not sell leather loop magnet band anymore?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by desireek, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. desireek macrumors member

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    Hi.

    I was looking for a leather loop storm gray magnet band for my apple watch serie 0.

    Applestore.com only have theas in two colors, but they are listed as not availible, so i cant order it from apple store.

    Some reseller have 50% off price and other colors.

    My question is if apple stop produce and sell this leather loop? And why?
    Anybody knows? :)
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Apple tends to bring in certain limited stock for bands at times. Then they will silently discontinue them or pull them off the website for purposes of re-introducing new product that may be arriving in the future. This is not uncommon, being that many of the sport band colors are no longer available from the beginning and leather bands are no longer available in certain colors.

    Many of the bands that I own are no longer available on Apple's website as well. Your best option is to search a third-party site or retailer that may carry some of the colors you are seeking in stock.

    It's likely they won't reintroduce or bring back the colors that you once Saw available on their website.
     
  3. desireek thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes that is right, but is it a good reason for apple to drop the leather loop serie?
    Classic buckle,stainless or sport are availible at different colors, but why do they skip the loop serie?
    Is it a good reason like the magnet was not good enough or just like you said that they will come with a new loop serie soon?
     
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    I have only used the leather loops and the magnet is well strong enough where mine never slipped unless I got it caught on something. Tried the Milanese and it slipped all the time.

    I was lucky and ordered several new leather loops when I saw their selection going down. Hope they are just out of stock and more will return. The 3rd party leather loops suck in comparison to the real thing.
     
  5. oOMezzaOo macrumors member

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    It could be due to demand. They might not be selling as well as other bands therefore they have decided to remove them from their listing.
     
  6. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Perhaps the various colors with the leather loops were not popular or the leather loop in general was not as popular as the classic leather buckle.

    No one in here will truly have an answer for you why Apple no longer sells the leather loop.

    And I own one Leather Loop bracelet, and it's very durable, very comfortable and the magnets are strong enough.
     
  7. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    They never did offer the leather loop for the 38mm watch. I bought a few knockoffs, and they are my absolute favorites. The leather loop design is brilliant.
     
  8. applebreed macrumors member

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    I was wondering about this, too – wanted to get the leather loop or classic buckle version of the SS 42mm Series 2. I'd note that just last week, with both shown as sold out, I was at an Apple Store near me (for another reason entirely) and spotted a couple of classic buckle bands sitting among the individual band sales rack. Make of that what you will but my guess is that a lot of them simply sold out for the holidays and it's a matter of too much demand.

    If Apple is trying to "editionize" these types of accessories and creating an artificial scarcity that's really stupid, imo – these aren't Swiss Watches (or original iPods). Nobody is going to be trading "vintage" Apple Watch bands 10 years from now, let alone even think about them. And keeping them from customers now doesn't mean they'll clamor for them more next go-round.
     
  9. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    No, Apple isn't trying to Editionize any watch bands or accessories. Likely what Apple is doing is keeping the lineup refreshed. They bring in new bands in the sport and leather, then whatever they have remaining they sellout and likely make room for future stock or new colors.

    And of course the Apple Watch would not be considered vintage 10 years from now. Because it's a piece of technological hardware, not a high-end mechanical watch. It's like anything technology related, it's replaced by something improved and more refined on every revamped version.

    And even if Apple was trying to make these bands scarce, it wouldn't make sense, because technology changes all the time and as will the the Apple Watch. Three years from now the Apple Watch will still likely be around, but it won't be likely in the same fashion design where the bands would be compatible anyway.

    Apple is a profitable company and they are looking to capitalize and maximize all profits. That said, look at all their product launches and products for that matter, most of them have constraint issues where they were not available immediately and backordered for months. That's how Apple has always been. It Has nothing to do with attempting with creating artificial demand.
     
  10. applebreed macrumors member

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    Like I said I am thinking they're out of stock and are simply awaiting more. Those two bands in particular are part of the original lineup and probably not going anywhere... especially when one has the name "classic". I can't imagine they're showing those products if they're permanently sold out (or sold out until Watch 3 comes out)
     
  11. SoN1NjA macrumors 65816

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    What do you want, what condition, and how much you willing to pay
    Might find someone

    Need the color, case size of the watch you're buying it for, and the size of the band you want
     
  12. andreyirra macrumors regular

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    But they make them scarce or special in a different way. I would love to have bought the royal blue sport band. It's gorgeous. But come on. Do I have to rush and run to the store the minute is available? They only sell them for 3 and a half months (less if you take into account distribution and actual availability). The rebel in me tells me I won't play into that game of running to get the latest color so I don't.

    Instead, I went and bought a different blue, the original one which ironically was and has been available since the beggining with a subtle hue change.

    What I don't like is that they sell different colors and stop selling them before I can buy one due to an artifical and self imposed sales period. I know they try to have different collections for the different seasons but they don't return the year after. So in the end, they don't sell as much as they want because people won't have time to buy them. If they are trying to appeal to fashion, they forgot about the end of season discounts, where people for a god forgotten reason, buy colors that won't be cool to wear in the next season. why? Because there are discounts and because they didn't rush to buy them when they were first available. They like the color and couldn't care less if it is less cool to wear them next season.

    end of senseless rant.
     
  13. BarracksSi Suspended

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    If there's any kind of band I could imagine Apple discontinuing first, it would be the leather loop.

    My only justification is that it's the easiest one to accidentally undo completely. One of my coworkers has one and has said that, when he's playing with his kids, he'd somehow dislodge the magnet. Then, because the long end can simply slide in and out of the slot, the whole watch falls right off. He's been lucky that it's only fallen onto carpet, but the possibility of accidental damage due to the leather loop is higher than with the other bands.

    The Milanese loop's free end stops at the slotted lug so it can't slide out; the other straps are also pretty secure.
     
  14. SoN1NjA macrumors 65816

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    Nah, Modern Buckle would be axed first

    It's $250 ($100 more than the Classic Buckle for no reason)
    Comes in less colors
    Mostly only works for women
    And has ****** sales (have never seen one in the wild, and there's barely any YouTube videos on it)
     
  15. BarracksSi Suspended

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    Yeah, I don't really like the Modern Buckle from a usability point of view, either. It's the only one I dropped the first time I tried putting it on. But, at least it should stay in place better once it's on.
     
  16. SoN1NjA macrumors 65816

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    If they lowered the price, sales would probably increase
    But there's no benefits to the Classic Buckle and it's considerably more expensive
     
  17. gigaguy macrumors 65816

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    It is perplexing why Apple would only sell the tan and dark blue now. They almost always keep black or dark gray around for all the products they ever offered in those colors. I think black was the biggest seller leather loop too. It's odd they never offered the LL in 38mm either. Seems like bands are the bigger profit makers in the watch category, so you think they'd offer a lot of choices to buy separately. hmm.
     
  18. Eddie3345 macrumors member

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    Brown leather loop s/m .... good condidtion price....?
     
  19. SoN1NjA macrumors 65816

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    You tell me what you want to pay, just a general price
     
  20. Eddie3345 macrumors member

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    60-80
     
  21. SoN1NjA macrumors 65816

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    Oh, thought you meant a watch package, DM me and we can talk further
     
  22. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    To each their own on the leather loop. I own one and it doesn't even remotely come loose on me. Your wrist size will vary how and when it fits properly or not. And of all the bands I own, which I own plenty, the leather loop is by far the most comfortable I own. That quilted leather and the magnets hold so well.

    It's the one band that I would easily pay $150 for again if necessary.
     
  23. Spencerdl macrumors 65816

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    Exactly this. My Black Apple leather loop band is actually my "go to" band.
     
  24. tivoboy macrumors 68030

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    get one on ebay. I have bought several of those, about half price and in brand new unopened boxes.. there are also some very nice chinese knock offs, that are about 20-30$ and are very nice for the money.
     
  25. levels macrumors member

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    I'm a huge fan of the midnight blue leather loop band. I managed to find one in NYC about 2 weeks ago(only comes in 42mm SS), and since then, don't seem to be on sale anywhere or even listing possible ship dates.

    Very happy with it, the leather loop is my favortite band available right now- perfect blend of not too sporty/too fancy which is what I wanted for most days unless I need to use a sports band.
     

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