Just scored the deal of a lifetime on a 42mm Series 1 (maybe?)

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by WarHeadz, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. WarHeadz macrumors 6502a

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    So here are the deets:

    I found a black 42mm Series 1 (not a first gen S0, an actual Series 1) on ebay for $120. I checked the serial number pictured and it has AppleCare until October 2017, which means the watch is only 2 months old. There is no exterior physical damage but it's just showing the orange exclamation mark on the screen. The seller, who has a very high feedback score and a 15 year old ebay account, has promised that if i take it to the Apple Store they will most likely send it out to be replaced and I'll have a fully functional watch. If that doesn't happen, I can ship it back to the seller for a full refund and I have this in writing.

    If all goes according to plan, I will have a fully functional new condition Series 1 Apple Watch for $120. Deal of a lifetime? I certainly hope so. I'll keep this thread updated as I go through the process of making it happen, the order has been placed and paid for today. Awaiting a tracking number, let's see what happens!
     
  2. CaptMarvel macrumors 65816

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    Good luck! However, I'm wondering why the seller is getting rid of it at such a low price... o_O
     
  3. WarHeadz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    They had about 3 of them on ebay in the same situation, they were all sold within 24 hours. I was on the fence but I figured I would take a chance given the seller's history and feedback score. The most I would lose is the cost of shipping back to them. Plus, if the seller decides to pull a fast one on me I have an email from them as proof that they said they would refund me if Apple doesn't replace it, and I paid through PayPal who usually always sides with the buyer in transaction disputes. I'm not too concerned about getting my money back, I just really hope I don't have to get my money back and that Apple replaces it. I'm going to make an appointment at my local Apple Store and just walk in there and be sugar sweet to the genius and hopefully they'll authorize a replacement.
     
  4. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Interesting. Sounds legitimate.

    What caused the issue to begin with the Watch?

    Did you confirm the Apple Care with Apple?

    What other unannounced issues are possible?

    I would at least verify what the issue may be first with Apple and ask what your options may be for repair status?

    Let us know how it goes.
     
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    It's usually a bad update that causes it or it's crashed. If a force restart does not help then it's covered under warranty.
     
  6. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Thanks for explaining. Then perhaps this is a good deal for Warheadz. Curious to why the seller isn't taking the initiative to have it repaired for free.
     
  7. kylera macrumors 65816

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    Maybe the seller doesn't see much use in the Apple Watch for him/herself, so decided to just get rid of them ASAP.
     
  8. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Agreed. Valid point.
     
  9. Dodgeman macrumors 6502

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    Nice pickup...
    Just for fun can anyone guess how much I sold my First Gen AW SG Sport 42mm for with Lunatik case?
     
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  11. WarHeadz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No word on what caused the issue, but as someone else stated it's usually a bad update or a battery problem. The seller disclosed the serial number, so I was able to check the AppleCare status. It's covered until October 19th, 2017. Worst case scenario I can return it to the seller in the same condition it was sent to me in and I just lose out on the shipping cost. I figured it's worth the gamble.
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    It's actually an ebay store, not a private ebay account. They sell a bunch of other stuff, they just happened to have a coupe of Apple Watches in this condition listed and they were all sold almost instantly.
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    $250?
     
  12. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    And your covered under Pay Pals six Months buyer protection if something else were to go wrong or the seller wasn't honest. Did the Watch ship yet?
     
  13. WarHeadz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I am covered under buyer protection with PayPal. I'm not too worried about the seller, their communication has been extraordinary. I actually just finished an email exchange with him. He hasn't shipped it yet, he advised me to call up apple and get them to send me a prepaid box to send it to them rather than taking it to the Genius Bar. This is his last email to me about 20 minutes ago in response to me asking him for a tracking number so I know which day it's arriving and can make a genius bar appointment for that day:

     
  14. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Glad you found a responsible and responsive seller. eBay really has degraded with all the fraud that has consumed it in these last few years. Hope it all works out for you.
     
  15. WarHeadz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I really hope it works out, it would be an incredible deal if I got the replacement. Gonna try to contact apple via chat right now.
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    Update: Apple instructed me to log into iCloud to release the activation lock, which obviously I can't do. The seller refunded my money. There goes that deal. :(
     
  16. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    At least he refunded your money immediately. Keep searching, perhaps there is something similar out there.
     
  17. WarHeadz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    He actually had a similar one right before that for $150 with no iCloud lock, just needed to be turned into Apple for a replacement. I stupidly thought about it for way too long and by the time I made up my mind it was gone. I was super upset. I asked the seller to alert me if he ever has anything similar. In the meantime I'll keep deal hunting. Especially now that I already have my heart set on it. At least I have my stainless steel S0 for now, I just really wanted to have a black watch to switch it up with. I'll make it happen!
     
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    Kinda makes you wonder where the seller got the watches if they can't get the iCloud lock taken off.
     
  19. Arran macrumors 68040

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    That email you quoted smells fishy. In it, he is instructing you very precisely in the process you must follow with Apple to have the best chance of scoring a replacement (and doubling or tripling your money)

    If he knows how to do that - and everything is above board - why isn't he doing it himself? Selling stuff on eBay takes time and trouble, but people do it primarily to make money. So why is he giving away half or more of his profit? To be nice to a stranger?

    Doesn't add up.
     
  20. Sajal macrumors regular

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    Those watches maybe stolen or unknowingly purchased by 3rd party ignorant buyers, otherwise the seller would have been able to release the activation lock from his iCloud account
     
  21. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Did you read the OP's post(s)? He had intensive communication and writing stating the negotiation. Not to mention the Seller rating and feedback. Not every transaction is corrupted. And even if it was, @WarHeadz is completely covered by Pay Pal six month protection. It's fail safe and without the unknown.
     
  22. WarHeadz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I really don't have an answer for that. He had two cloud locked watches listed and one without the cloud lock that I missed out on. Since refunding me my money, he relisted the item at a reduced price and "for parts only", no mention of warranties or replacements anymore. I guess he learned something from this too. Given this seller's 15 year eBay history and phenomenonal feedback score, I doubt he was trying to do something fishy. At this point it doesn't matter though, I already have my money back.

    I actually just bought a brand new still wrapped in plastic (somebody received it as a warranty replacement and is selling it) 42 mm black for $150. They had it listed as a Series 1 but after I committed to buy it I asked them to confirm it was a series 1 and they said it was a mistake and it's actually a first gen model. Still, $150 for a brand new first gen 42mm Apple Watch is a good deal. Should I pay for it and take it or should I cancel the transaction? What would you guys do? Kinda wanted the Series 1 with a faster processor, is it that noticeable of a difference?
     
  23. Populus macrumors 6502

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    @WarHeadz I personally wouldn't buy a first gen Apple Watch, because both Series 1 and Series 2 have now a much powerful dual core CPU.

    Yes, 150$ is a good price, but still, I think that Apple Watch won't age very well... But it depends on the use you're going to give it. It's up to you.
     
  24. WarHeadz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You're right. I just cancelled the transaction. Back to the hunt!
     
  25. Arran, Dec 18, 2016
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    Arran macrumors 68040

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    Okay, trying to be positive here... Maybe he bought them at a lost property auction?

    Oh, hang on, look what Google turned up: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7452674?start=0&tstart=0

    Maybe that's it: Lost and then locked by their original owners? Not claimed and then legitimately sold in an auction to someone like your seller who then tried to re-sell on eBay?
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    Okay, well if you can spring for $399, Best buy is selling a "Series 0" 38mm SBSS with link band. New. They must've got more clearance stock from Apple?

    (The Apple link band is awesome, BTW. If it wasn't 38mm only I'd buy another one for myself at that price)
     

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