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    Default Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    I love my Apple Watch, and had no intention of upgrading. A week ago I said..."There's no reason to upgrade unless they add the ability to track swimming. Ha ha." Sigh. And then they did. I've been trying to post my current watch on Craigslist, but not even a nibble. I'm wondering if there's just no market for them, because the price point on series one is so low. 😢. Mine is a stainless steel, not a sport, so I was hoping I'd have a chance. Has anyone had any luck doing this?

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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    Nope. I have the 42mm sports going for $220 and have not sold yet.
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    Quote Originally Posted by aokusman1 View Post
    Nope. I have the 42mm sports going for $220 and have not sold yet.
    It's going to be a tough sale, because Best Buy has them for $219.99 new right now. They have just dropped the prices so much right now that selling one will be a challenge unless you plan on taking a crappy hit on the sale.
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    Sport or stainless steel? Or does it really not matter?
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    Dumped my first gen on CL in the 31st (42mm SS) for 220. My coworker has been trying like you guys to sell his and like you, he's had not a single inquiry. You're going to have to go super low. Especially since Apple is giving the first ten a spec bump. I remember thinking to myself when they announced the bump that that was going to make selling first gens super hard.
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    Quote Originally Posted by crpmp007 View Post
    It's going to be a tough sale, because Best Buy has them for $219.99 new right now. They have just dropped the prices so much right now that selling one will be a challenge unless you plan on taking a crappy hit on the sale.
    I'm willing to take $180. It has Apple care plus till nov 2017. Banking on someone not knowing about the bestbuy sales.
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    Quote Originally Posted by aokusman1 View Post
    I'm willing to take $180. It has Apple care plus till nov 2017. Banking on someone not knowing about the bestbuy sales.
    Is it stainless steel?
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    You should post in the market and see if it sells. Make sure to follow the guidelines
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    Quote Originally Posted by dchandler View Post
    Is it stainless steel?
    No.
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    Finally sold it. $200 on Craigslist. Also sold my att iPhone 6s Plus 64gb. Good day.
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    You might have a possibility if you use Gazelle.com. That's what my husband does (if I don't want his seconds)
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    I don't think Gazelle buys watches.
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    I thought about it and finally decided to list mine for sale. Listed it Friday afternoon. Had about 7 responses collected the cash today and the watch is off to a new owner.

    Apple Watch Sport, 42 mm gold with blue band ( and I included a red band as well).

    Was paid $220.
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    Glad to hear some of you are having success selling your first edition! Gives me hope...
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    Data point:

    I've been following Ebay and it looks like SS models with a sports band sell for an average of $250.
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    I was quite happily surprised to get an email on Saturday morning saying that my series2 had shipped and was to be delivered to me on Thursday.

    Sadly that appears to be wishful thinking as I noticed the UPS tracking site has the watch arriving in Osaka, Japan and the very odd notation that "the recipient has requested a free trade broker, removed from UPS brokerage system" ..................??


    no idea what that meant so I sent a screen shot of that to UPS help and got the message that "due to the volume of packages from Apple, many packages have been delayed"

    NO new estimated delivery date, and no attempt to estimate when things will start moving.


    So UPS who have the Apple contract are abrogating Apple's guaranteed delivery date because "there are too many packages???"


    Amazing.
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    Listed my 42mm Silver today on CL, already sold. Paid $299 sold it for $230
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    Quote Originally Posted by FaisDogg View Post
    Listed my 42mm Silver today on CL, already sold. Paid $299 sold it for $230
    Whoa, that's a great return!
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    I bought my stainless steel new a year ago with sports band. All I could get was $235.00 ...the resale value on these watches is bad! You just have to buy it, use it and enjoy. If your looking for good resale you should invest in a Rolex!
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    I have been looking at the Swappa market lately to see what they are selling for as I have bought the SS Space Black Apple Watch Series 2 in hopes of me selling my original Apple Watch SS. Most of the ones on Swappa seem to be not selling. They are asking 225-280. With BB going as low as $220, I am thinking I might have to settle for somewhere around $100-$120 so, after the Swappa fees it will be around $100 or less.

    Which makes me think....I spent $650 on the watch exactly a year ago and would lose around $550 from the transaction. I spent $650 on the new one and when the next version comes out, will I have to sell that one for $100. Which makes me wonder if the new features are all that. I cannot tell the difference in the display between my old one and the one and the performance is more or less the same so, what I am gaining besides waterproof and a faster processor? Conceivably, i could take the $650 and pay off most of my new IP7 + with that and that money invested should have a better return a year from now, when the next iPhone is released.
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    Quote Originally Posted by tech_fan View Post
    I have been looking at the Swappa market lately to see what they are selling for as I have bought the SS Space Black Apple Watch Series 2 in hopes of me selling my original Apple Watch SS. Most of the ones on Swappa seem to be not selling. They are asking 225-280. With BB going as low as $220, I am thinking I might have to settle for somewhere around $100-$120 so, after the Swappa fees it will be around $100 or less.

    Which makes me think....I spent $650 on the watch exactly a year ago and would lose around $550 from the transaction. I spent $650 on the new one and when the next version comes out, will I have to sell that one for $100. Which makes me wonder if the new features are all that. I cannot tell the difference in the display between my old one and the one and the performance is more or less the same so, what I am gaining besides waterproof and a faster processor? Conceivably, i could take the $650 and pay off most of my new IP7 + with that and that money invested should have a better return a year from now, when the next iPhone is released.
    Seems like the watches are strictly consumables- use them and move on. I also purchased a series 2 and see very little difference if any between the original and series 2. The series two is a hair faster. I hoping for the same form factor for the next Watch because I will not be purchasing and just ride out the apple care plus for two years. Seems like you need to keep the Watch two years to make the purchase worth while .
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    Quote Originally Posted by doc16mom View Post
    Seems like the watches are strictly consumables- use them and move on. I also purchased a series 2 and see very little difference if any between the original and series 2. The series two is a hair faster. I hoping for the same form factor for the next Watch because I will not be purchasing and just ride out the apple care plus for two years. Seems like you need to keep the Watch two years to make the purchase worth while .
    I think in reality, I'm going to return my Apple Watch series 2. I keep trying to look for reasons to keep it but they don't seem to help. I just hope the same doesn't happen to me with the new iPhone 7 plus.
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    Default Re: Has anyone had success selling their original Apple Watch in order to buy the new one?

    Quote Originally Posted by tech_fan View Post
    Seems like the watches are strictly consumables- use them and move on.
    This is exactly my mindset with electronics in general. There is a very small window to flip a product and not lose your shirt and pants. That's usually before a new version is announced, when nobody is sure what the features will be. Once that ship has sailed...

    This is even truer with the Watch lines. They have a pretty big premium that is nearly impossible to recoup. So, I buy with the expectation of selling for financing another purchase. If somebody offers me a decent price, that'd be a different story.

    The real question (which may have already been answered) is how much does/will Apple charge to replace the battery. A couple of battery chances could equal the price (or a big piece) of a new watch. There's the question of now many OSs it'll support. I'm fairly OK with it being a consumable, but not a disposable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doc16mom View Post
    Seems like the watches are strictly consumables- use them and move on. I also purchased a series 2 and see very little difference if any between the original and series 2. The series two is a hair faster. I hoping for the same form factor for the next Watch because I will not be purchasing and just ride out the apple care plus for two years. Seems like you need to keep the Watch two years to make the purchase worth while .
    Agreed. OS3 was such a game changer that I'm convinced upgrading doesn't make sense unless you're a runner (and want GPS) or a swimmer. The improvement in speed and screen brightness just aren't enough on their own to warrant an upgrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcuprof View Post
    Agreed. OS3 was such a game changer that I'm convinced upgrading doesn't make sense unless you're a runner (and want GPS) or a swimmer. The improvement in speed and screen brightness just aren't enough on their own to warrant an upgrade.
    I went with the Series 1 because I don't swim and I'm not a huge runner. Those small differences, imo, don't justify a $100 price difference. I'm happy with my purchase.
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