Apple watch resale values plummeted

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by MyAppleWorld, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. MyAppleWorld macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2005
    Birmingham, UK
    I have had my watch for 2 months and for the most part enjoyed it.

    However there are things that annoy me and I've started to use it less.

    I have started to look into selling it on eBay - originally paid £479 for 38mm ss bsb.

    I am quite surprised to see that the same model watch has been failing to sell even at a £360 by other people!!

    Has anyone else noticed this?
  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Well, why pay £479 for a used one on ebay now that most Watch models are readily available new through Apple?
  3. iphone1105 macrumors 68020


    Oct 8, 2009
    Ummm, were you expecting face value or more? Its a used item, and it's not a typical device like a phone, limited audience out there for watches in general. And you got the 38mm? probably hurts too, bigger is always better in resale....
  4. DavidLynch macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2015
    I think most folks that wanted a gen 1 Apple Watch probably have one at this point and those that don't are waiting for a deal. They're readily available.
  5. BSben macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2012
    If you want to sell it, don't do it in the summer holidays. Also it is second hand, and new shiny ones are available in any Apple Store. And the 38mm will not be selling that well, even people with slim wrists tend to go for the larger one. I think that if you need the cash sell it, if not keep it for Watch OS2.
  6. Mac2me macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2015
    Some people have always paid a premium for products that have yet to hit distribution in a country. Simple supply and demand and cost factoring. Ready supply and the cost will go down in the resellers market. Why wouldn't someone at this point not rather buy it from Apple new, get all the protection new offers, unless you are willing to discount on your end to make up for the warranty, etc. they might be missing out on. Now if the popular black models are in short supply that's a bit different and not sure whether in your area the 38 or 42s are more popular. Again, back to supply and demand.
  7. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    It's a used item , next year of you sell it when the apple watch 2 comes out, be lucky if you get back 50%
  8. DynaFXD macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    East Coast
    Yeah, no kidding. This is why I have to shake my head at those that buy cases and treat their watches with such kid gloves. More times than not, the reasoning is to preserve resale value for when it comes time to upgrade. Why save the best your watch will be for the next guy when it will only matter a few dollars on an already well depreciated item? It's a watch, not a phone. USE the dang thing and put your butt-print in that saddle. If you get a decent price at upgrade time great. If not, keep it for your collection and move on. All IMHO,of course.
  9. OriginalClone macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2012
    I use a rugged case on mine at my main job. I don't want it all scratched up when I'm wearing it outside of work. I can care less about resale value.
  10. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    2 month old used smart watch sells for less than retail, and this surprises you how? Did you really think the premium prices people were paying at launch would last forever, after ship times dropped from weeks to days, and stores got lots of stock for walk ins?

    If you wanted to test drive the watch for a bit and get out without incurring a loss, you shouldn't have waited anywhere near 2 months.

    In other news, Beanie Babies are worthless.
  11. jasoncordelle macrumors regular


    Jan 29, 2008
    Auckland NZ
  12. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    I got £100 for my gear S the current model and i paid over £250-£300 for will always drop if it's used but the resale value will still be loads better than samsung devices
  13. maflynn, Aug 6, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2015

    maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Simple economics, when there were long wait times, and a lot of eager people to be the first to own it, the price shot up on ebay because they were willing to spend the money. Now that you can easily get the watch, the resale value has corrected itself.

    The same exact thing occurred with the iPhone 6+ People wanted it, but it was in short supply, the price on ebay shot up until supply caught up.

    You cannot expect to get what you paid for on ebay, that makes no sense. Why should someone pay retail prices on a used watch, when they can easily walk into an Apple Store and buy one brand new.

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