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Best Buy offering $200 off some (not all) models right now

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I've been hunting for the SBSS for $399. Unfortunately it's not one of the ones being offered today, but there are several other models being offered for $200 off including regular SS combos.
 

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They had the SBSS for $350 and $399 around a month and a half ago. Might happen again.
 
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anthonymoody

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They had the SBSS for $350 and $399 around a month and a half ago. Might happen again.

Yeah I came *thisclose* to pulling the trigger last time so have been keeping my eye out. So far they've lowered it to $499 on occasion but not yet 399 again.
 
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It seemed to be an extreme loss leader for Best Buy, but there's no guarantee they'll do it again for that specific model. You can try to look for brand new, unopened SBSS on eBay/CL, etc. for that price or cheaper. Those $100/$200 off sales have driven down the prices especially on the models that were on sale.
 
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It seemed to be an extreme loss leader for Best Buy, but there's no guarantee they'll do it again for that specific model. You can try to look for brand new, unopened SBSS on eBay/CL, etc. for that price or cheaper. Those $100/$200 off sales have driven down the prices especially on the models that were on sale.

Yeah it's been frustrating - even slightly used are trending on eBay and swappa in the high 3's and even low 4's. Hard to stomach the uncertainty (the best pix never capture everything) when I could've had new for $399. Dopey me.
 
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Yeah it's been frustrating - even slightly used are trending on eBay and swappa in the high 3's and even low 4's. Hard to stomach the uncertainty (the best pix never capture everything) when I could've had new for $399. Dopey me.

Yeah, they'd have to be one-off sales so you'd need to do some searching. Newtons Apple managed to score an unopened 42mm SBSS for $350 last week.
 
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anthonymoody

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Yeah, they'd have to be one-off sales so you'd need to do some searching. Newtons Apple managed to score an unopened 42mm SBSS for $350 last week.

Wow. Great buy. Unfortunately I don't have the time to scour so diligently.
 
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Are you looking exclusively for SS and not Sport models? Because honestly, if it were me and I had to get a Watch right now, I'd get a Sport for ~$250 and then upgrade to the 2nd gen SS in the fall. But, if you are really set on getting an SS now, the prices will most likely continue to fall as we closer to the 2nd gen.
 
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anthonymoody

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Are you looking exclusively for SS and not Sport models? Because honestly, if it were me and I had to get a Watch right now, I'd get a Sport for ~$250 and then upgrade to the 2nd gen SS in the fall. But, if you are really set on getting an SS now, the prices will most likely continue to fall as we closer to the 2nd gen.

Great minds. I bought a gold sport for $250 about a month ago to give AW a test run. Really like it, and figure I can't get too hurt on resale - whether for a SBSS now, or an AW2 later. I like the look of the SBSS a lot, enough to pay $400 for a new one.
 
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lyngo

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I'm not seeing any that are offered on sale right now. Care to share the link for it?
 
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Just be patient as time goes by and the AW2 gets closer, retailers like Best Buy will be discounting the AW. I am also believing that Apple is giving them incentive to do so.

This is the que for Jay to chime in with his opinion, this is mine!
 
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I am also believing that Apple is giving them incentive to do so.
Yeah, I think you're right. Apple's using Best Buy as a clearance channel.

I can't imagine Apple is selling any watches directly to customers now. They probably agreed to keep the watches in the Apple store at FULL price just to make the BB pricing look like a steal (and to soothe early buyers who paid full price)

It's all theatre now. Wonder what's coming at WWDC?
 
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Yeah, I think you're right. Apple's using Best Buy as a clearance channel.

I can't imagine Apple is selling any watches directly to customers now. They probably agreed to keep the watches in the Apple store at FULL price just to make the BB pricing look like a steal (and to soothe early buyers who paid full price)

It's all theatre now. Wonder what's coming at WWDC?

Yep, Best Buy could not be selling this low unless they had "incentives" and that moves watches without Apple having to do it at their own stores. More to come.
 
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Yeah, I think you're right. Apple's using Best Buy as a clearance channel.

I can't imagine Apple is selling any watches directly to customers now. They probably agreed to keep the watches in the Apple store at FULL price just to make the BB pricing look like a steal (and to soothe early buyers who paid full price)

It's all theatre now. Wonder what's coming at WWDC?

It's nothing new, but not an across the board permanent price cut either. The timing of all these $100/200 off sales around major holidays (Christmas, Valetine's Day, Mother's Day, and now Memorial Day) indicates that Best Buy is selling them as loss leaders, and Apple is simply allowing it for the AW unlike most Apple products. Other loss leaders that they've had in the past were the 16GB iPhones for $1 with a 2-year contract.
 
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It's nothing new, but not an across the board permanent price cut either.

That was true originally, but the nature of it's completely changed now. It's become a stealth clearance-pricing shell game. Read the signs:
  • The BB Memorial Day 4-day event rolled into a 5th day without fanfare.
  • The first day or two of BB's Memorial weekend cleared out all stock in the stores (because same-day pickup was available then)
  • Prices went back up for a day or two.
  • And now, a few days later, BB's having a 3-day sale event. (No same-day pickup. Delivery in 1 or 2 weeks only. Meaning: They're clearing out the warehouses now.)
  • Meanwhile, Micro Center's stores have been (uncharacteristically) heavily stocked with $100-off sports.
I think if you want 1st gen, grab it now before they're gone. (It's what I've been considering - getting another one)
 
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That was true originally, but the nature of it's completely changed now. It's become a stealth clearance-pricing shell game. Read the signs:
  • The BB Memorial Day 4-day event rolled into a 5th day without fanfare.
  • The first day or two of BB's Memorial weekend cleared out all stock in the stores (because same-day pickup was available then)
  • Prices went back up for a day or two.
  • And now, a few days later, BB's having a 3-day sale event. (No same-day pickup. Delivery in 1 or 2 weeks only. Meaning: They're clearing out the warehouses now.)
  • Meanwhile, Micro Center's stores have been (uncharacteristically) heavily stocked with $100-off sports.
I think if you want 1st gen, grab it now before they're gone. (It's what I've been considering - getting another one)

I'll accept that it could be a combination of clearance-pricing shell game and loss leader strategy at this time, and we'll see if that proves true if Apple updates the AW at WWDC. All other $100/200 off sales in the past have been primarily loss leaders, as indicated by the coincidence of these sales only around major holidays.
 
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