The best ways to sell or trade in your Apple Watch

“The Apple Watch Series 2 is finally here… and I have to admit, it looks pretty appealing with its waterproofing, built-in GPS and brighter screen,” Sarah Jacobsson Purewal reports for CNET. “The time to sell (or trade in) your Apple Watch is now — Apple has already dropped the price to $269 — so here’s what you need to do.”

“Before you sell your Apple Watch, you must disable the Activation Lock by unpairing it from your iPhone,” Purewal reports. “Unpairing your Apple Watch will also create a backup, which you will be able to use to set up your new Apple Watch Series 2.”

“Selling your Apple Watch by yourself will usually get you the most profit, but it takes some initiative and carries more risk,” Purewal reports. “Trading in your Apple Watch is easier and less risky than selling it yourself — but it’s usually less profitable. Because the Apple Watch comes in so many variations — color, band, and band color all make a difference in trade-in value — it’s a good idea to price your model on multiple trade-in sites before making a decision. Most trade-in sites require that your Apple Watch come with accessories (the charger), and almost none will take the more expensive versions of the Apple Watch, such as the Apple Watch Edition or the Watch Hermes.”

Tons more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: In the future, yes, we’ll be turning around our Apple Watches, but we’re keeping our first-gen Apple Watch (Series 0) units, just as we did with our Mac 128Ks, original iMacs, and original iPhones, among other first-gen Apple products.

If you decide to sell or trade-in your Apple Watch for a new one, this is an excellent guide to follow.


  1. Seeing just how few the gold edition ones were sold it might be worth getting one for future appreciation. It’s like getting a Farari, (sp?) one of the few cars that actually goes up as soon as it is driven off the dealership

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