Apple Watch Craigslist find

jimnguyen07

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So I was browsing in the electronics section on Craigslist looking for an Xbox one and I came across a 38mm black sports watch for sale. They were asking $275 for it but I offered $250 and they accepted. $250 was about the price point I was willing to pay for any Apple watch. Went to pick it up, everything looks great, complete with packaging and it even had a screen protector on it. Went back to work and wanted to check the warranty status on when it was purchased and whatnot. To my surprise, it had applecare on it til June 2017. I think I did pretty good.
 

ayasinsk

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I have seen 42 mm sport pop up on my local craigslist for $250 last weekend. Also saw an add tonight for $285 located 100 miles from me for 42 mm sport. I have been using original pebble for almost 2 years now. And although I do like Apple Watch I don't think I'm quite ready to pull the trigger yet. Maybe once I find one for $200?
 
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Gregintosh

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Good find! Congrats.

The fact you can find these deals though doesn't bode well for resale value down the road. If people already selling them this much below MSRP and they're just a few months old... Imagine when gen 2 or 3 come out.
 
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nickkrumors

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Great job! I've tried several times to purchase a apple watch from craigslist, some down at $250, but so far no one has replied to me. Quite annoying. I'm also keeping an eye out on Swappa which seems to have good prices.

Anyone have any other site they recommend? eBay seems much higher
 

ayasinsk

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Great job! I've tried several times to purchase a apple watch from craigslist, some down at $250, but so far no one has replied to me. Quite annoying. I'm also keeping an eye out on Swappa which seems to have good prices.

Anyone have any other site they recommend? eBay seems much higher
From what I've seen craigslist has the best deals. Next is swappa, cheapest one right now is $300 but you might be able to negotiate with a seller for a cheaper price? eBay has the highest prices.
 

Newtons Apple

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Sadly i think a lot of these may be stolen or returns..buy cautiously
Most I have seen came with the box and doubt they were stolen. Many just decided after the 14 days that the watch was not for them. I have had my doubt before but will wait for OS2 to make my mind up. $250 for the sport is the going price I can see.
 

tivoboy

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Most I have seen came with the box and doubt they were stolen. Many just decided after the 14 days that the watch was not for them. I have had my doubt before but will wait for OS2 to make my mind up. $250 for the sport is the going price I can see.
one can buy the apple watch boxes on ebay for between 6$-10$, so having the box is not necessarily a confirmation of legitimacy. When I sell items that are still under warranty (even though there is no question on it with apple on such a new item) I provide a receipt with some personal info redacted. If one gets a box AND a receipt then one is nearly certain it is legit (although, many people put the receipt IN the box and if that is stolen well then it's just a gold mine)
 

Newtons Apple

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one can buy the apple watch boxes on ebay for between 6$-10$, so having the box is not necessarily a confirmation of legitimacy. When I sell items that are still under warranty (even though there is no question on it with apple on such a new item) I provide a receipt with some personal info redacted. If one gets a box AND a receipt then one is nearly certain it is legit (although, many people put the receipt IN the box and if that is stolen well then it's just a gold mine)
What luck it would take to buy a box for your model and have the right serial number!:p
 

JDabney24

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one can buy the apple watch boxes on ebay for between 6$-10$, so having the box is not necessarily a confirmation of legitimacy. When I sell items that are still under warranty (even though there is no question on it with apple on such a new item) I provide a receipt with some personal info redacted. If one gets a box AND a receipt then one is nearly certain it is legit (although, many people put the receipt IN the box and if that is stolen well then it's just a gold mine)
If the serial number on the watch matches the box, then I don't see the problem.
 

JDabney24

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So I was browsing in the electronics section on Craigslist looking for an Xbox one and I came across a 38mm black sports watch for sale. They were asking $275 for it but I offered $250 and they accepted. $250 was about the price point I was willing to pay for any Apple watch. Went to pick it up, everything looks great, complete with packaging and it even had a screen protector on it. Went back to work and wanted to check the warranty status on when it was purchased and whatnot. To my surprise, it had applecare on it til June 2017. I think I did pretty good.
I had a similar situation. I found my Apple Watch Sport 38mm on Craigslist too. The guy had it listed for $325, but talked him down to $250. He only had his for a week. Came with the original box and accessories with the watch itself still in the plastic inside the box. Added bonus, it came with apple care+ coverage until 2017. Serial number on box and watch matched. It was a great deal!
 
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jschu22

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most people are simply NOT going to verify that level of detail when buying an item such as this, like this.
Most people aren't going to care or even consider that, as long as it works they will be happy. This isn't a phone that can be blacklisted by a carrier.
 

prezasti

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I had a similar situation. I found my Apple Watch Sport 38mm on Craigslist too. The guy had it listed for $325, but talked him down to $250. He only had his for a week. Came with the original box and accessories with the watch itself still in the plastic inside the box. Added bonus, it came with apple care+ coverage until 2017. Serial number on box and watch matched. It was a great deal!
Thats an amazing deal. Not sure why he didn't just return it along with the AppleCare+, since he only had it a week.
 

prezasti

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This listing near me sounds very shady. Also no picture available.

Brand New Apple Watch (38mm) Space Grey - $200
The watch is Apple Watch Sport. The color is space grey and completely brand new, aka unopened/un-used. Willing to somewhat negotiate pricing.
 

JDabney24

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This listing near me sounds very shady. Also no picture available.

Brand New Apple Watch (38mm) Space Grey - $200
The watch is Apple Watch Sport. The color is space grey and completely brand new, aka unopened/un-used. Willing to somewhat negotiate pricing.
I would be very careful. If it isn't open and he isn't willing to open it for you just to make sure everything is in working order and to see if the serial number is legit on the watch and matches with the box, then I wouldn't consider it. Also make sure you meet at a secure location. Preferably one with cameras and lots of people around. Ask him to send you pics.
 

prezasti

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I would be very careful. If it isn't open and he isn't willing to open it for you just to make sure everything is in working order and to see if the serial number is legit on the watch and matches with the box, then I wouldn't consider it. Also make sure you meet at a secure location. Preferably one with cameras and lots of people around. Ask him to send you pics.
Yeah, I'm not contacting this person. Just felt like posting it up as a "Danger" example. I'm only in the market for watch bands, which is what I was looking for.
 

Biggs91276

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I'm in the same boat guys. Found a 42mm space grey apple watch brand new in the box with plastic still intact but it's about 2 hrs from me. I asked the guy if he has PayPal and I could purchase it that'll way. My question is should I trust this sale and go ahead and purchase through PayPal or just simply steer in the other direction? I'm just leery about this
 

tivoboy

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I would be very careful. If it isn't open and he isn't willing to open it for you just to make sure everything is in working order and to see if the serial number is legit on the watch and matches with the box, then I wouldn't consider it. Also make sure you meet at a secure location. Preferably one with cameras and lots of people around. Ask him to send you pics.
many city police stations now have "craigslist meetup" areas setup just for this purpose
 
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prezasti

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many city police stations now have "craigslist meetup" areas setup just for this purpose
That's awesome. I've been on some shady deals before. I usually have the seller meet me in a well lit public area, but having an option to meet at police station would be great. Thanks for the tip.
 

nickkrumors

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Sep 10, 2014
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I ended up buying a 38 mm Space Grey Sport over the weekend on Craigslist with AppleCare for $300. Came with an additional white band. I'm very happy with the purchase.

Btw, found out beforehand that in order for AppleCare to transfer from one person to another, the seller and the buyer need to call up Apple to make the switch. My seller was willing to hang out for a few extra minutes and do the swap for me. Worked out great.

Another tip is to try and get the serial number before meeting the seller to ensure the AppleCare is legit. You can look it up at https://selfserve.apple.com
 

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