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davidg4781

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I received an Apple Watch SE from Apple as a warranty replacement (I don’t have Apple Care+ on it).

It’s been sitting around for the last couple of years. I just remembered when I had my battery replaced on my S0 they also replaced the screen (local shop).

Can I do the same with this Apple Watch? Battery replacement is cheaper.

At the end of the day it looks like I’ll be taking a loss but I’d rather it do something than nothing.
 

jz0309

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I received an Apple Watch SE from Apple as a warranty replacement (I don’t have Apple Care+ on it).

It’s been sitting around for the last couple of years. I just remembered when I had my battery replaced on my S0 they also replaced the screen (local shop).

Can I do the same with this Apple Watch? Battery replacement is cheaper.

At the end of the day it looks like I’ll be taking a loss but I’d rather it do something than nothing.
Apple will charge $99 for "battery replacement" but it's not a replacement, rather you get a refurb AW, and only if battery health is below 80%. If your screen is cracked, you'll have to pay for that repair, no idea what they might charge you.
is it even still turning on/charging sin ce "It’s been sitting around for the last couple of years"?

personally, I wouldn't trust a "local shop" to replace battery and screen, but that's just me
 

davidg4781

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Apple will charge $99 for "battery replacement" but it's not a replacement, rather you get a refurb AW, and only if battery health is below 80%. If your screen is cracked, you'll have to pay for that repair, no idea what they might charge you.
is it even still turning on/charging sin ce "It’s been sitting around for the last couple of years"?

personally, I wouldn't trust a "local shop" to replace battery and screen, but that's just me
I think the battery's at 98%. It still turns on and works, the edge of the screen is just cracked.

So if I go to Apple and say I'd like a new battery because I'm gifting this away, they'll so no because it's less than 80%? I looked up the screen replacement price a while back and I think it was $50 less than a new one.

I know I'll lose some cash in the end but right now, I'm losing a couple hundred dollars if I just throw it away. If I fix it, sell it, I'd lose maybe $100 at most?
 

nburwell

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Since the battery is at 98%, Apple is not going to replace the battery since it’s not below 80% capacity. As long as everything else works, your best bet to sell it, especially if the watch is just sitting around not being used. Swappa comes highly recommended around here — I have used it to sell Apple products several times.

Selling it and making some money off it is better than having the watch sit in a drawer not being used.
 

davidg4781

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I'll check Swappa then. I tried selling here and to a local place and didn't get anything. I saw some that sold on eBay with cracked screens but eBay has gotten riskier over the last few years.
 
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