why not sell watches IKEA style?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by bniu, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. bniu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    I wish Apple would just sell the watch faces separately from the bands. It would simplify inventory greatly and offer way more purchase options, and for those of us who already have lots of bands, it'd be nice to just buy the watch face and recycle our bands.

    I don't care for all the packaging fluff, I measured that you could fit about 50 watch faces into the volume of one SS watch retail box. I wish I could save a few bucks and basically buy my watch bulk style.
  2. Craiguyver macrumors member


    Jan 26, 2013
    Minnesota, USA
    But then how could they make all their money by marking up the total price by $50 by bundling a band that costs $2 to produce??
  3. johannnn macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2009
    You want them to sell it for $2? Say hello to salaries, factories, stores, R&D and shipping.
  4. oldmacs macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2010
    THANKYOU. I want a series 1 apple watch and the low price is one of the compelling factors, but Apple's horrible watch band combos make it a more expensive proposition.
    Just sell the bloody watch and let let us choose a band.
  5. Nell macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2012
    I think if I could buy a new watch without a strap I might be tempted but I'd also be tempted if the new watch came with any strap I don't have but want. The reality is I'd be paying for another white sport strap. I have one and even with two watches I'd only be able to use one at a time. So yes, bundling a strap with the watch helps their mark up but why not at least bundle some new colours so people aren't put off buying it completely.
  6. Recognition macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2013
    How much does it cost you to do your job? $10/$20 a day for travel/lunch etc?
    Do you tell your boss just to pay you just what it cost you to get to work?
    Or do you... make a profit?!
  7. exxxviii macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2015
    Ditto. I wish they could create a BTO ordering approach that would let customers create their perfect combination. I bet people would even pay a little more for a BTO option versus one of the standard SKUs.
  8. bniu thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    They'd also save the money by having a vastly simplified inventory system and can effectively increase their inventory availability. A simple stainless steel watchface in stock means now you have
    several combos in stock, obviously, the inventories are nested, but it results in fewer "sorry, sold out of that model"
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I could not second guess Apple's marketing, they are the best there has ever been.

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