So much for recouping cost each year?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Brien, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. Brien macrumors 68030


    Aug 11, 2008
    Every year, I sell my old iPhone to (mostly) pay for the new one.

    Looks like this won't be the case with the Apple Watch. Trying to sell my 42mm stainless model is proving pointless, people are offering $200 (much less, in some cases), and this is throwing in a few extra bands.

    Anyone else had luck selling theirs?

    ...wonder if this means that demand still isn't there.
  2. hallidc macrumors 6502


    Sep 26, 2013
    I have had mine listed for a few weeks now. I've been offered $170 for my black stainless model... The AW is definitely an upgrade every year device
  3. lauramayer macrumors regular


    Apr 5, 2016
    I give it away for free. Every year, every iPhone...sometimes iPads or MacBooks. I have some "Help" who can't afford new Apple products. Typical Walmart people. It's important to give something back. They have so happy faces if they receive my old stuff. It's good. Maybe you try it too Op. maybe you have some poor neighbors or you know someone poor.

    Good bless you
  4. Germwise macrumors regular

    May 2, 2009
    Can we all finally agree that Laura is a troll and ban her/him?

  5. TorontoSS macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2009
    I'm with you - actually I take that back a bit. I've noticed the stainless steel versions have fallen in price a LOT more. The sport ones are selling better on eBay. Given how much the bands are at times, it's a bit ridiculous. I'm selling my stainless steel (trying to) and getting a sport.
  6. lauramayer macrumors regular


    Apr 5, 2016
    I give my AW or iPhone away for free. What's is wrong with that behavior? I have a good job and can afford this. Don't call me names, because I have some money and give it back to the community.
  7. exxxviii macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2015
    Yeah, a Blackberry is worth more than a used Apple Watch. These things are a total write-off.
  8. Fynd macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    It's likely because of the Series 1 they introduced in addition to the length of time Series 0 was on the market, and the fact that it's a more personal item. Someone isn't likely to pay top dollar for an outdated device that someone may have worn in the shower or sweat all over for 18 months when there's a new low-end, faster model for a similar price.

    You'll probably have better luck next go around when their update cycle and pricing structure is a little more clear. I'd also suggest selling it when rumors are really heating up as opposed to after the release of the new product. I sold my 42mm SS in March for $650 locally. I also sold a 42mm Sport 3 weeks ago for $350 locally (Kijiji).
  9. Brien thread starter macrumors 68030


    Aug 11, 2008
    Yeah, the Hermes models are doing even worse. I think there's a price ceiling for these things and it seems to be around $200 regardless of what model you have.

    I dunno. If you went by MacRumors users, you'd think 90% of Apple users bought every device yearly and were millionaires...
  10. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I think this is partially because the original AW is well known to be significantly underpowered, paired with the fact that prices have been discounted greatly for months now, and the fact that you will now be able to buy a Series 1 watch with a faster processor for not very much money. It hurts for all potential sellers, but especially if yours isn't a base model. When selling used the price floor is set by the cheaper models; your SS model will net you very little premium because people buying used are by nature extremely price-conscious. This is why selling an iPhone with anything more than the base storage nets you very little return. The pool of buyers who will pay you anything close to the $269/299 they can get a new series 1 for is very, very small.
  11. kilcher macrumors 65816


    Jul 3, 2011
    You only give away one? You must be poor. I buy 10 and give 9 away. More $exy.
  12. TorontoSS macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2009

    I agree with you totally. In the UK we do get a little more but then the price brand new is also more expensive.
  13. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    That may have been true in the past (when they were subsidized), but not anymore. A middle tier iPhone is $749 plus tax outright and a year-old middle tier iPhone typically sells for around $450 unlocked. Back then with device swapping and subsidized pricing ($299 for the middle tier model), we could pretty much recoup the cost of the new one.

    Used watch market is a whole different animal and is nothing like the used iPhone market, especially considering that the AW is currently a companion device to the iPhone. Also, you'll always recoup more of your costs selling and buying the base model, and that means the aluminum model (not the SS which you have).
  14. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I have a 42 SS and 42 SBSS and the prices are so low I will just keep them of give them to family. Not worth the hassle to sell.
  15. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    I going to hold off until end/first of the year when I can get a better price on a S2. There may be a better market (less flooded) and if not will keep paired as a backup.
  16. Whtchdr macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2013
    Sold my 42MM Sport on eBay for $210. eBay guaranteed $241 for it so they gave me a gift certificate for the difference. Figured that was pretty fair considering Best Buy had them on sale for $289 at the time.

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