Considering the Opportunity Cost of buying an AW S4

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Tapiture, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Tapiture macrumors 65816


    Oct 1, 2016
    I currently have a preorder for a 44mm Stainless Steel Apple Watch Series 4 from B&H for $749. As I sit and perseverate, waiting for it to come off of backorder, the opportunity cost is starting to get to me. For around the same cost as this watch, one could buy...

    iPhone Xr, Starting at $749

    This Longines Conquest Automatic watch for $849, same price as AW + AppleCare+ or 1 year of carrier fees

    Either the 10.5 iPad Pro with 100 extra dollars to throw around or the 12.9 inch for 50 dollars more

    This stainless steel refrigerator

    So my question is, am I crazy for buying this? Should I call it off? How do you justify it?
  2. JulesK macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2002
    It's not a great use of money if you don't appreciate/use its features. But if you do, multiple times a day, every day of the year, then it's easy to justify as a discretionary, luxury purchase. But, no, nobody needs an Apple watch. And that's coming from somebody who has owned every series of the Watch.
  3. lambertjohn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2012
    Why not just buy an aluminum series 4 for $430 and put the money you save back in your bank account? Or better yet, buy some Apple stock, something that will actually grow in value. I mean seriously, ask yourself, how will I feel about my watch in two months. Will I have buyer's remorse? For $750, probably.
  4. Tapiture thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 1, 2016
    I realize it’s a sunk cost but I have a Series 0 stainless model and all of the bands I own go with that finish. Also, the sapphire crystal and ability to polish out scratches make it the only watch I’d buy if I were to buy one at all for longevity.
  5. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    I care more about my watch then I do my phone. Still rocking an iPhone SE, partly because I love the size, but also because I’d rather spend my money on the watch which I get more value and utility out of than my phone.
  6. Tapiture thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 1, 2016
    Kind of how I’m rationalizing it. I’m still carrying my 6s that I’ve had for 3 years because I’m also starting to value the watch and actually the iPad more and I’m finding that I’m using my phone less and less.
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    It depends how you prioritize your money what you want you want to spend it on. The Apple Watch started out as a very much superfluous device, it was really just an extension of the iPhone. Now, being that the fitness tracking, health sensors and the overall watch implementation has matured nicely, it’s becoming that much more personal for some even over there other tech products. Yes, it’s expensive, but it depends what you want from the Apple Watch and how it benefits _you_ [Everyones cases will be different). If you don’t find those expectations met from the Apple Watch from previous versions, then this model may not be for you either.
  8. brentc133 macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2012
    In Canada, the Aluminum 44 GPS with AppleCare including taxes is $788 and the SS version is over $1000. This will be the first time I’m out as I just cannot justify the cost compared to other luxury items. Sucks because I really was excited about the reduced bezels. I’m staying with my Garmin Fenix 5 which has the sapphire screen. Doesn’t quite do all the cool Apple Watch stuff but the battery does go a couple weeks between charges. BTW I had series 0 and series 2 both in SS.
  9. caelius macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2015
    Innsbruck, Austria
    Well, I had the same feelings, too. But then I just thought yolo and shut my eyes while clicking on buy. :D The iPhone X was double the price of the watch and will be getting replaced sooner probably...
  10. KarimLeVallois macrumors 68000


    Feb 22, 2014
    Same, still rocking my iPhone 6s and much prefer upgrading watches now...
  11. tromboneaholic Suspended


    Jun 9, 2004
    Clearwater, FL
    I think a Space Gray alum would go with most bands that would pair with "nude" stainless.

    The other two points (Sapphire and polishing) are part of the value proposition that perhaps justifies the additional expense in your case.

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