What is Apple doing with returning stock?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ZebraDude, May 25, 2015.

  1. ZebraDude macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2014
    Naperville, IL
    I have been from time to time checking the Apple Certified page and have not seen watches for sale.

    Are they taking customers returns (non defect) and using them as replacement stock (Genius Bar) or is their another Marketing channel for them?

    hoping for a deal on a Apple Certified Refurb.

  2. placidity44 macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2015
    You know I hadn't thought about that. I'm glad you brought that to my attention. Sorry i'm not of much help on this subject but It'd be nice to score a refurb :apple: Watch
  3. uiop. macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Refurbs for replacements. For now. Once there is a surplus of refurb units, they'll sell them online like they do with iPads, etc.
  4. ElizabethorBeth macrumors newbie


    May 25, 2015
    I wonder if most people are selling theirs on eBay instead of returning it if they decide it is not for them since you can get more then you paid for it. If that is the case, it could be awhile before they have enough returns to resell.
  5. Esoom macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2010
    I think they may not hit the refurb section till next year.

    Air 2's just recently showed up in the refurb store.
  6. jjlannoo Suspended

    Oct 8, 2011

    Agreed, they will not be there for quite some time.
  7. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68040


    May 18, 2009
    Returns are stripped down, and parts are used for refurbished units (genius bar replacements and marked down refurbs). According to Apple, none of the external parts are re-used. Only items like the internal processors, ram, etc. get reused. For phones, casing, glass, etc. are all "new" according to Apple. Supposedly it is as good as a new item, but I have found NUMEROUS defects with my genius bar replacements.

    It's not true that Apple would not have replacements because there are fewer returns due to the aftermarket sales. Apple produces replacement units along with the brand new units at initial manufacture. In fact, since there will be defective units off the retail line, I am sure those that fail initial inspection get internally refurbed to teh genius bar replacement line.
  8. ChinaRye macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Washington, DC
    They are almost for certain being used as replacement stock. A lot of watches are being returned for no other reason than they were not chosen out of two orders or were not the first to arrive.

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