Launch Day Availability?

macdude2

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Anyone planning to try to walk into a store to get a S5 tomorrow? All of the models have said unavailable for store pickup for a few days now so wondering if there will be any availability tomorrow... has anyone had luck with this in years past?
 

StoneCold X

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There will definitely be stock for walk-in purchases tomorrow. I got mine last year by walking in in the afternoon.

Should be no issues, but that may depend on the model you want.
 

deeddawg

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Yep. In the past they've typically held back some from the online ordering. Still a crapshoot, so if what you want is likely to be popular get there early.
 

techno-Zen

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There will definitely be stock for walk-in purchases tomorrow. I got mine last year by walking in in the afternoon.

Should be no issues, but that may depend on the model you want.
I don't think demand will be as high this year either. Last year was a major update
 

triangletechie

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Titanium is the only S5 watch I have interest in upgrading to. I hope my local store has those in stock as the shipping is now first week of October.
 

akash.nu

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I briefly looked at the trade in options and for my year old S4 apple is only giving £70. No way I’m going to get an upgrade this year while I have a perfectly fine, functional and spotless watch.
 
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diamornte

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I briefly looked at the trade in options and for my year old S4 apple is only giving £70. No way I’m going to get an upgrade this year while I have a perfectly fine, functional and spotless watch.
But that always on display tho...
 

Damn Dirty Ape

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I'm wanting to walk in and get the Nike version with the sport loop band. 44mm In aluminum Space gray. gps+ lte That might be a little harder no?
 

akash.nu

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But that always on display tho...
Yeah always on is tempting but it’s really not worth me literally throwing away my S4 which is perfectly fine and spotless. I’m sure I won’t be able to convince myself to waste that much money. Apple should really start a watch upgrade program which at least returns 50% of the value a year after. It’s ridiculous otherwise.
 

jwlbel

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I'm wanting to walk in and get the Nike version with the sport loop band. 44mm In aluminum Space gray. gps+ lte That might be a little harder no?
The Nike version is always released 2 weeks later. So you will not be able to get a Nike version anywhere until Oct. 4.
 

deeddawg

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Yeah always on is tempting but it’s really not worth me literally throwing away my S4 which is perfectly fine and spotless. I’m sure I won’t be able to convince myself to waste that much money. Apple should really start a watch upgrade program which at least returns 50% of the value a year after. It’s ridiculous otherwise.
If you're willing to sell it yourself on ebay or swappa or some local means you of course can get substantially more.

Remember - Apple and the other mass buyers are wholesalers - so you get an easy sale .. for rock-bottom dollar.

End of the day it's all about the net cost to upgrade, including any time/effort/risk in selling it yourself vs. to a wholesaler. As the watches mature, we're getting to where annual feature improvements aren't a slam-dunk for every owner. That began to be the case for me with iphones a few years ago, where I went to a two year cycle and even ended up keeping my iphone7 for three years.
 

xxray

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I think it'll be pretty easy to get one unless you're buying a niche customization. Since the iPhone 8, it seems like availability in Apple Stores around launch is really good, with people being able to walk in every day and get one. It's almost kinda sad when there's people waiting till November for their watch or iPhone or whatever.
 

akash.nu

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If you're willing to sell it yourself on ebay or swappa or some local means you of course can get substantially more.

Remember - Apple and the other mass buyers are wholesalers - so you get an easy sale .. for rock-bottom dollar.

End of the day it's all about the net cost to upgrade, including any time/effort/risk in selling it yourself vs. to a wholesaler. As the watches mature, we're getting to where annual feature improvements aren't a slam-dunk for every owner. That began to be the case for me with iphones a few years ago, where I went to a two year cycle and even ended up keeping my iphone7 for three years.
Yeah I get that. I generally don’t really have the time or the energy try and sell it via other online methods and the hassle of dealing with individuals has been painful for me in the past. So I’m probably just gonna keep it until I feel like upgrading and will probably hand it down to someone in the family.
 

Bazooka-joe

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I am swinging by my Apple store first thing tomorrow on the off chance that they have a 44mm ceramic in stock. Not betting my house on it though. I think there will be a good stock of Aluminium and Stainless available.
 

wileycoyote

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Showed up at my local Apple store hoping to snag a space black titanium model in 44. They got 0 edition watches and directed me to my nearest flagship store in Boston. Just a heads up for those hoping to snag titanium or ceramic models.
 

Lancetx

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Showed up at my local Apple store hoping to snag a space black titanium model in 44. They got 0 edition watches and directed me to my nearest flagship store in Boston. Just a heads up for those hoping to snag titanium or ceramic models.
The same has been the case for the Hermes models too as well as the Edition. Only the flagship store locations get any of those.
 
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wileycoyote

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Showed up at my local Apple store hoping to snag a space black titanium model in 44. They got 0 edition watches and directed me to my nearest flagship store in Boston. Just a heads up for those hoping to snag titanium or ceramic models.
Got to my local flagship store at 8:30 and got in line. Just got a reservation confirmation for a 44mm space black titanium! They were out of the leather loops so had to settle for a sport band, but psyched I was able to secure a space black titanium on release day.
 

deeddawg

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Yeah I get that. I generally don’t really have the time or the energy try and sell it via other online methods and the hassle of dealing with individuals has been painful for me in the past. So I’m probably just gonna keep it until I feel like upgrading and will probably hand it down to someone in the family.
Writing this as an FYI for anyone interested.

Also note that there are alternatives to trading in at Apple who pay more -- one place I've used a couple times in the past is MacMeAnOffer.com -- both times they came through with the amount originally offered, zero hassle or issue. Their offer on a 44mm Series 4 watch is $250. Still not much for something like a stainless, but also more in line with what we saw last year.
 

IFeelDevi

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Showed up at my local Apple store hoping to snag a space black titanium model in 44. They got 0 edition watches and directed me to my nearest flagship store in Boston. Just a heads up for those hoping to snag titanium or ceramic models.
Thanks for this. I would've waited for 2 hours for nothing... But I went right to a flagship and two hours later came out with a 44mm ceramic. They didn't have any Hermes in stock, though. That surprised me.
 

akash.nu

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Writing this as an FYI for anyone interested.

Also note that there are alternatives to trading in at Apple who pay more -- one place I've used a couple times in the past is MacMeAnOffer.com -- both times they came through with the amount originally offered, zero hassle or issue. Their offer on a 44mm Series 4 watch is $250. Still not much for something like a stainless, but also more in line with what we saw last year.
Proves the point that  Watch resale value is peanuts and same goes for the iPads I think. Only iPhones hold good resale value.
 
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StoneCold X

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A place that I use that usually has better offers out there than other sites that I have seen is itsworthmore.com

Been using them for years and never had an issue
 
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