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When will the Apple Watch's price drop?

The Apple Watch Series 3 has arrived. What's happening with Watch 2 prices? Get ready for a surprise.


Earlier today, Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 3. Starting price: $329 for the noncellular version, $399 for cellular.

What does that mean for the Apple Watch 2 ($216 at eBay)? And, for that matter, the Series 1? Let's take a look at the new pricing for the old models.

A brief history of Apple Watch pricing

Exactly one year ago, Apple trotted out the Watch Series 2 with a starting price of $369 -- $20 higher than the original price of the original model (which became known as the Series 1). But the latter wasn't discontinued right away; instead, Apple gave it a $50 price cut.

Today, things went a little differently.

The new price cuts

The Series 3 debuts with pricing that go in two directions: Down to $329 for the noncellular model and up to $399 for the cellular one.

Now for the surprising news: It appears Apple is retiring the Series 2, with the noncellular Series 3 taking its place. (And it's actually $40 cheaper, another surprise.)

Still too pricey? Surprise #3: The Apple Watch Series 1 lives on, now with a $249 starting price. Alas, that's only $20 below the previous price; it would have been nice to see the Series 2 at this price instead, as it offers improvements like a faster processor and water resistance.

Other ways to save

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Anytime a new Apple anything hits the market, it usually results in a glut of used previous-generation models, as fans often sell last year's gear to help subsidize this year's.

Assuming you're willing to consider a used or refurbished Apple Watch, that's good news: You should see some killer deals in the weeks to come.

Although sites like Glyde, Gazelle and Nextworth can hook you up with good deals on used iPhones, however, these resellers don't deal in Apple Watches. That leaves you with the likes of Craigslist and eBay, where it can be tougher to gauge the condition of what you're getting -- and Craigslist offers no buyer protection to speak of.

But do keep an eye on Apple's refurbished Watch page, which sells a smattering of literally-good-as-new models for around 15 percent off the list price.

Your thoughts? Were you hoping for a bigger cut on the Series 1? Or are you happy to see the Series 3 debut with a lower-than-Series-2 price? Shall we meet back here a year from now to discuss inevitable Watch 3 price cuts?

Editors' note, Sept. 12: This article was originally published on Sept. 11, and has since been updated.

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