Pre orders morning of 10th - no time to try out?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by darthbane2k, Apr 3, 2015.

  1. darthbane2k macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2009
    So Apple have just announced you can preorder the watch on the early morning of the 10th, yet that is the same time you can arrange for an appointment to try it out. For those of us who actually will need to try the different sizes and bands before making a final decision, is it likely to sell out?
    For a jewellery item I don't want to make a blind preorder before trying it on first. Are you guaranteed a pre order If during your fitting appointment you decide to buy? Or will you be directed to the website only to be told it's sold out for launch day?

    Apple haven't exactly been clear about this..
  2. Totalkharnage macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2010
    Halifax UK
    Nothing to lose by preordering first and then making an appointment to try on the model you think you want to confirm. If it's not, order in store and hope you can get for the 24th and cancel online order.

    Risky though. I'm pretty sure I know what I want so preordering but will still head into store to drool :p
  3. Sharkey311 Suspended

    Jan 11, 2013
    I'll be pre-ordering the Black SS, going to the store and see if they will let me try the Black SS on with the Blue Leather Loop. I will compare the differences of the Silver SS and Black SS and if my predictions are correct, the Black SS won't be as dark as previously thought. From some pictures in certain light, the Black SS is the exact shade of steel I like and that looks good. I think the Silver SS is too mirror like and will reveal more smudges than the Black SS.
  4. sterl320 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2015
    if you download the Apple Store app, you can see the actual size of the watch on your wrist, which can help you decide which size you would want. Of course it's not a good replacement of actually trying it on, but at least it can help you get a preorder in before they sell out, which they most likely will lol.
  5. darthbane2k thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2009
    I don't think Apple are handling this launch well at all. Pre orders should be guaranteed for customers who make a ry-on appointment and decide they want to buy.

    This is jewellery , not a phone / tablet


    Yeah.. It doesn't really help much.
  6. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    I bet that will be the case. Apple hasn't said one way or the other - why are you assuming that appointment pre-orders won't be guaranteed on April 24?
  7. darthbane2k thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2009
    That's the reason why I'm assuming that - because they have neglected to mention it. It's ridiculous really..
  8. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Seeing it it the first time they have had such a product like a wearable and it is at it's introduction, they are doing about all they can do. I predict that so many of these watches will be returned for a different model, thinking Apple is just trying to help people make up their mind.

    No way to make everyone happy on this. It will be crazy at the Apple store as each customer will take time to decide, look, wear, fit, etc.

    You will not even find me in the neighborhood!
  9. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I don't really like the system either.

    I've printed paper cutouts, tried the sizes in the Apple Store app, but I don't think anything can compare to actually trying them on.

    Trying to decide if I want a 38mm Sport, 42mm Sport, or 38mm SS (all with white Sport band).

    I may pre-order one of them and cancel if I decide on something else, but that all seems like a bit of a faff. I'll probably just wait, try them all on then order and suck up the inevitable delays.
  10. sportykid2332 macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2008
    My theory is that the inventory is split for online orders and in-store. Therefore, you won't be able to order an in-store watch without going through a try on appointment first. But yeah I'm probably going to order one at night and then cancel if it doesn't fit/is uncomfortable at the store.
  11. Totalkharnage macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2010
    Halifax UK
    They have confirmed in their official press release.

    Attached Files:

  12. dilap macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2014
    London, UK
    Exactly what I thought. Similar to other launches I think.
  13. Glene macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2014
    Ft Lauderdale
    I understand that this may just not be communicated well at this time frame, and Apple may have a master plan that really works, seeing as they hired all these executives from fashion industry. But right now, all these final details of what you're supposed to do 4/10 is as clear as mud.

    But for me there's nothing worse than the madhouse of an Apple store on launch day, and then add people I can't make up their mind in front of you, in the line. Don't want to go through that.

    I understand some people have to try them on, but I'll just preorder a couple to my house and then return what I don't like. Just like the rest of the past launches.
  14. Exile714 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2015
    My theory is: there's only one inventory, and it's online only. Pre-orders will ALL be based on first-come, first-served basis. You can try on a watch in the store, then they will direct you to pre-order from there, but you will have to get in line behind those who pre-ordered at Midnight.

    Eventually, you will be able to reserve a watch to look at and choose whether to buy it in store. But that won't start until after the 24th, and those people will all be behind the April 10-24 pre-orders.

    This is how Apple solved the problem of inventory and having so many different choices of watch/strap combinations.

    Just my theory anyway...
  15. bunnicula macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2008
    My theory is exactly the same as yours. Easiest way to maximize sales.
  16. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    From the get go I wanted the smaller one because I thought it would fit my wrist better. After seeing a lot of posts about the bigger one being a little easier to see I started to sway a little.

    After using the app, wow ... yes, the smaller one is without a doubt for me. My wrists are small lol.
  17. bjdraw macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2008
    Tampa FL
    Generally when Apple releases products they always ensure there is some inventory for the stores. For example, in the case of the iPhone 6 Plus, pre-orders stopped being accepted early in the morning on the first day, but every store still had at least 2-3 phones to sell first come, first serve on day one. And even after the initial day, online orders were 4-6 weeks while you could try your luck in the store each morning and find them for sale.
  18. ninethirty macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2006
    This is not jewelry, it's a gadget.

  19. Flow39 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2014
    At the Apple Store
    I am almost 100% sure that a 42mm is perfect, but I really would like to try both on before hand. I have done the whole paper cut out thing and the Apple Store App, but like others have said, I really think the only way to know is to try both on. That said, I will be pre-ordering a 42mm Space Gray Sport with Black band :) Good luck to all others!
  20. bunnicula macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2008
    It's a wearable gadget. Which is indeed a type of jewelry. It's a hybrid class. ;)
  21. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Those fashion executives have no experience with launching products with the kind of demand Apple products provoke. You don't have people lining up around the block for a new Tiffany necklace, or staying up past midnight to be the first to place an online order for the latest Rolex watch.
  22. Bazooka-joe macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2012
    Swindon, England
    As preorders start at 8.01 am in the UK, I am wondering if the uk stores might open at 8am rather than 9am on the 10th to take orders
  23. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    You act like it will be the end of the world if you can't get it on day one. If that is the case, pre-order it online. If you can't pull the trigger, then make an appointment and buy the one you want. You'll get it within a few weeks. You'll survive. I promise!*

    *This is not a guarantee
  24. bnekic macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2013
    Cleveland, OH
    Pre orders morning of 10th - no time to try out?

    You can always pre-order a 38mm and 42mm, then go to the store so see which one fits you better, then cancel the pre-order you don't need.
  25. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    My exact intentions

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