Huge Apple Watch sale at Walmart, including the Series 3 GPS and Cellular for $229 (Update: Expired)
Or get the 42mm model for only $259. Those are among the lowest prices ever.
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Meanwhile, the GPS-only Apple Watch Series 3 38mm is back down to $199(a price matched at Amazon), while the 42mm is back to $229 -- prices that had been pretty consistent during the first half of 2019, but haven't been seen for the last month or two. (Note that the latter may be out of stock by the time you read this, as it shows "only 2 left!" at this writing. Indeed, with prices like these, I expect rapid sellouts across the board.)
Even with discounts as steep as these, I can't mention the Apple Watch without also mentioning the Amazfit Bip, which continues to sell for around $80. I like it primarily for time-telling and notifications, but as a fitness tracker it offers features like a step-counter, heart-rate monitor and even GPS. And its battery life is utterly spectacular -- literally weeks, depending on how you use it. Check out Lexy Savvides' recent Apple Watch-versus-Bip comparison for more.
Still, the Bip is not what I would call a fitness powerhouse. If you want something that's pool-friendly and phone-capable, something that can store music and stream it to your favorite Bluetooth headphones, you need this here Apple Watch. And the cellular option, should you choose to get it, gives you true freedom from your phone. Beyond that, I'll refer you to Scott Stein's comprehensive Apple Watch Series 3 review.
Whether you value that stuff or not, the fact remains this is a $409 watch on sale for $259 -- and that makes it something to consider.