You Can Now Trade in Some Apple Watch Models at Apple Stores


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Apple has offered the ability to trade in an Apple Watch through its online storefront for quite some time, but retail stores appear to be part of the mix now, too.

If you aren’t a fan of the idea of trading in a device online, and prefer to do it in a store, then you can finally trade in your Apple Watch at an Apple retail store. The change was discovered by Reddit user “ajsayshello”, who said they were able to trade in their first generation Stainless Steel Apple Watch for $100 at a local Apple Store.

The majority of Apple Watch models are accepted for trade-in. However, as noted by 9to5Mac, the retail stores are not accepting any Edition models as a trade-in. It’s also worth noting that if you do trade in your older Apple Watch, you will be able to keep the charging cable. Of course, you’ll be able to keep any of the bands you picked up along the way, too.

The new trade-in option begins today, March 26.

Our Take

This is one of those “better late than never” situations. It’s good that Apple has offered a trade-in program for the Apple Watch for awhile now, but it’s certainly better news to hear that it’s finally available in its physical retail stores. Apple won’t be offering up any numbers in this regard, of course, but it would be interesting to see just how many folks trade in an older Watch model and pick up a newer option with that credit applied towards the newer model.

When’s the last time you traded in a device to upgrade?

[via 9to5Mac; Reddit]