Price Drop a sign??

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Brett1203, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. Brett1203 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple does not drop prices on any product unless a new updated one comes out, so with Apple dropping the price of the watch to start at $299 makes me think sales must not be nearly as good as they try to make us believe.

    The lack of any innovations or faces in the new update as well, lame. I wear my Huawai Android Wear watch more than my Apple Watch these days.
     
  2. jetjaguar macrumors 68030

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    im kind of tempted to buy one but I thought the new version was right around the corner
     
  3. Julien macrumors G3

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    Original iPhone is one example that they have.
     
  4. exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    I think Apple was just believing its own bullets and mis-priced the watch originally. They probably saw that the initial wave of sales was likely to Apple fans, but the watch was priced-out of the general market. It is still high relative to competition, but optically a lot closer than it was.
     
  5. fabio.lordelo macrumors member

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    Apple does drop prices of products without having a new model. They did it with the original iPhone, and I really think that's a good comparison.
     
  6. Brett1203 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Did the price drop hit on the SS also or just the sport?
     
  7. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

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    Compared with most Apple products, there are a ton of skus, so maybe they're trying to clear stock a little, but it doesn't worry me (only the Sport is discounted.)

    It seems odd to me that you'd choose wearing your Huawai over the Apple Watch and complain about innovations, when the Hauwai watch is already quite limited on iOS compared to the Apple Watch. What exactly are you waiting for?
     
  8. WLS macrumors 65816

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    The new one is coming but it's not just around the corner. End of September is six months away.
     
  9. Mascots macrumors 65816

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    And that was even MORE significant. It was a large drop in price and removal of a low tier - on what is essentially the best product ever produced, ever.
     
  10. AFEPPL macrumors 68020

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    It's a sign it's not sold in the numbers expected is how i read it too.
     
  11. Brett1203 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe it is to clear out some SKUs, just not very typical of Apple to lower prices lol
     
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    I think they did overprice it to begin with. A lot of us on MacRumors are fanatics and so it's normal for us to spend $400 on a phone accessory and not bat an eye. Average consumers don't want to spend $400 on a Watch, and them lowering the price of the 38mm and 42mm Sport was a good idea. More people will be open to buying them at that price.
     
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    This really isn't a typical Apple product. I can't think of an Apple product ever made with this many skus, and they still only discounted the least expensive model.
     
  15. Mascots macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I definitely think that Apple hit the price target too high in the beginning also - it's at a much friendly price point now and aligned with iPod prices to some degree.

    I wonder if they were hoping to keep it high for when they loop this generation under the next? Maybe just valued it highly enough to begin with.
     
  16. Flow39 macrumors 68000

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    I'd hope they would discontinue the 1st gen completely after the 2nd gen comes out. The product line with all the SKUs is already messy enough, having 2 generations at the same time would be a little ridiculous IMO.
     
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    Nope. Not even in the same category. There was already a well defined smartwatch market when Apple entered into it, so they knew exactly how to price it. No such market pre-existed the touch-screen iPhone. Totally unknown territory for both Apple and the industry.
     
  18. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Dropping prices on the Sport but not the SS doesn't mean much.
     
  19. Karnicopia macrumors 6502

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    I'm thinking its a sign that watch 2.0 is coming. Isn't that what they just did with the Apple TV? Put a price cut on the outgoing generation before the new came out. Could be either I guess.
     
  20. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

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    I think the "touch screen" qualifier is a bit dubious. Just like pre-Apple Watch smartwatches, there were several smartphones on the market quite a while before the iPhone that gave a little bit of indication as to what people were willing to pay.
     
  21. fabio.lordelo macrumors member

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    I wouldn't say the Apple Watch is overpriced, at least not in the US, the comparison with other smartwaches is a little unfair if you take into consideration the finish, etc. Of course, it's a little sluggish, but I think the reasoning behind the drop is making it more accessible to people in doubt.
     
  22. fabio.lordelo macrumors member

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    I think the real reasoning behind the price drop is making more people buy the entry version so they can try it out and, hopefully, upgrade to the more expensive models once they introduce the next generation.
    But, of course, to accomplish that they have to focus on optimizing and improving watchOS.
     
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    They have introduced new options today so it's more likely it's an attempt to boost sales numbers rather than shift old stock.
     
  24. facemeat macrumors member

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    Thats my plan...ish.. I actually plan on buying a used AW and if I like it I'll buy the Apple Watch 2 when it comes.
     
  25. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    That's the most likely reason. Clearing out inventory or poor sales doesn't make too much sense with their introducing a bunch of new bands today.
     

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