refurbish strategy

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by cyberdogl2, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. cyberdogl2 macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2003
    so unlike the iPhone where it's always been a day one purchase for me, im thinking of actually waiting for them to hit the refurb store.

    given the limited details of the :apple:watch so far, how is that dynamic going to work?

    pulling the trigger on a gold refurb is still quite a bit of cash on my part but maybe that'll at least save me some cash. and by then a couple months will have passed and i'll know exactly which version to get
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Will there be refurbs to buy?

    Doesn't apple use refurbs for replacements for iPhones and they don't sell them to the consumer. That may happen with the watch.

    Good luck on your plan though.
  3. Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    Apple most certainly sells refurbished iPhones, just like any other refurbished product, only neither directly from their store nor directly to the consumer. I believe that is due to agreements between carriers on how they handle refurbs and the laws governing refurbished items, specifically those in the cellular market.

    I'd be willing to bet that we will see  Watches popping in the refurb store, though quite awhile after launch (I don't think the iPad Mini 3 is there, yet, as some timeline), as Apple is the source of those refurbished units, like their other products (iPad, Mac, Airport, etc), and unlike iPhone (which carriers sell for them).
  4. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    I also was thinking that refurbs will be pretty common, or at least people selling them on eBay, after they get tired of charging them.

    Now, if you think about it, Apple usually puts a new case and battery in their refurbs.

    But that was for devices where the circuitry is more valuable than the case.

    With a gold watch, the situation is incredibly reversed! :)

    So I don't think gold versions will be available as refurbs. Besides, that would lessen their cachet..
  5. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Actually I think you may be right.

    Getting an iPhone, people are not really going to want to not have a phone.

    Getting an iPad, whilst some did find they didn't have much of a use, once you get used to a large screen, even for some evening web browsing on the sofa it's hard to totally give it up.

    With the Watch, given its another daily charge, and it does not do anything more than the iPhone you are already carrying.

    Honestly I can see more people realising they don't need one.
    Or rather, more people realising they don't need the watch, than people who realised they didn't need a iPhone or an iPad.

    So I would not be totally amazed to see quite a few coming onto the 2nd hand market after a few months.

    And I'm not being negative, just realistic given what people do and use these days, and what the watch will offer than makes it a long term keeper they can't do without.
  6. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Do you really want a refurb watch that someone has had on the sweaty wrist?

    Here's my strategy. Skip version one. See if I need one when version two comes out, buy it new. However at this stage I'd have to say it's unlikely I'll ever buy one. Been years since I've earn a watch (like 20 or more).

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