Select Apple Watches discounted by $50 in Canada

Ian Hardy

February 19, 2016 1:08pm

The day has arrived.

To our knowledge, this is the first sale that the Apple Watch has been discounted in Canada. Big box retailer Best Buy has discounted various Apple Watch models by $50 until March 4th.

The Apple Watch Sport 38mm and 42mm is now $399.99 and $469.99 respectively. In addition, the Apple Watch 38mm with Stainless Steel band is $649.99 while the 42mm variant is priced at $729.99.

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Source Best Buy
  • Columbo

    “The day has arrived.” – the day no one was waiting for.

    The rabid Apple fanboys have already bought their $1000 watches, and anyone who wants to buy one now is a fool to spend $400-800 when the 2nd edition is just around the corner.

    • Zee

      the reason for discount is the 2nd edition which is just around the corner.

    • It’s Me

      Yeah, because Apple is the only company in the world that reduces prices before a new model is about to drop.

      Some people have the strangest need to make things sound negative is it’s about certain parties. It’s like a religious thing.

    • FlamesFan89

      To be fair, he didn’t knock Apple for discounting the watch before the new model is out. He knocked people who would spend that much money on a watch just before the new one is out.

    • It’s Me

      Lots of people buy once these types of discounts happen. It’s not a new idea. Happens with TVs. Smartphones. Clothes. Cars. Computers. Prices drop on the soon to be replaced model. No one thinks it’s unusual that some people might actually buy at these reduced prices. No one starts calling them fools. That’s why they have reduced prices.

      It shouldn’t be a new concept to almost everyone old enough to earn a pay cheque. But it’s worth a criticism when it’s Apple.

    • FlamesFan89

      You will note that I offered no commentary of my own on the subject, and that is with reason, as I agree with you on the topic, and not the original poster. I was simply pointing out the error of your comment.

    • It’s Me

      You’ll note I didn’t claim he knocked Apple. I said he had a need to make the price drop sound negative because it’s Apple. Which is in fact the case. No error to point out. Thanks anyway.

    • FlamesFan89

      You could have just said that in your first reply, without getting so uppity.

    • It’s Me

      I did say that in my first post.

      What time is it out there? Bit early to be so high. Still on the post-op meds?

    • FlamesFan89

      No, your first reply to me. You certainly did not.

      I’m trying to engage in an civil conversation here, and you are being quite hostile. Have a nice day.

    • jayzon12

      That escalated quickly 🙂

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      It usually does with It’s Me. It’s in damage control mode now.

    • It’s Me

      where did it escalate? Where’s the damage control?

      Some people say the dumbest things.

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      Me over my head? You’re one to talk lol.

    • It’s Me

      Way over. And seemingly wallowing in it.

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      Really? In what way bud?

    • It’s Me

      Same as always. Making comments that show you either didn’t read or weren’t able to read. Posting out of ignorance is never a good better to stay quiet that to look dumb. You always choose the latter.

      bud.

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      As always…insults spew from that hole in your face. I read everything not to worry bud…I have no need to push my head into the sand. Your first comment on this thread is all the evidence we need to show who really isn’t paying attention. I still love you though don’t worry 🙂

    • It’s Me

      Whoosh…

    • It’s Me

      Except that I did mentioned it in my first post, the very post you replied to with a misguided attempt to correct an error you imagined. Would repeating it have made it any more clear? It seemed you needed it explained further. I didn’t want to insult your intelligence by just copying and pasting my original comment again. I know you aren’t a a dummy, so I didn’t treat you like one with an insulting copy and paste.

      As for any imagined hostility towards you, it is only imagined. You need to learn to take a joke (which ironically, you often say to me).

    • rick

      Hmmm is this Apple’s historic approach to pricing their devices. Certainly not for the iphone and even ipad. Prices do not drop until the new device and price is released. The watch sucks and is overpriced period.

    • It’s Me

      You are correct, they normally wait until the new model is released. Not always but usually. Of course, It’s not Apple discounting it in this case, it’s BestBuy (with Apple’s approval we can assume). And while the BestBuy sale is the first time we’ve seen it discounted in Canada, BestBuy in the US had it on sale around Christmas time. Sales happen. Even iPads go on sale periodically, especially when a new model is anticipated. Macs too.

      But if you think it sucks then none of that matters and it probably doesn’t impact your life much, unless you let it.

    • rick

      The watch sucks………..for the price. Better to say it has low value I guess.

    • thomas nguyen

      that is a good point, I would hesitantly assume the reason for this is that there was not a large amount of demand for the apple watch in the first place, and they know when the new watch comes out, no one would buy the previous version. So to recuperate some of their original cost (production and shipment) they discount it now to lure consumers to buy the watch while it is on “sale” well before they announce the watch 2

    • It’s Me

      Hard to reach that conclusion when it took almost a year and it’s a very small discount. We’re not talking playbook or touchpad fire sales. Hell it’s not even as much a discount as almost every single smartphone gets after only a couple months on the market.

    • Brad Fortin

      Same reason the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are anywhere from $150-$400 off right now, but nobody’s being called a fool for buying those phones when the S7 is literally days away.

    • Columbo

      $400 off is actually a great deal. $50 off is just searching for more suckers.

    • Brad Fortin

      lol, glad to see you’ll always find a way to justify your rabid Apple hatred.

    • It’s Me

      $400 shows a urgent need to stimulate sales, especially so soon. $50 shows sales must be pretty good.

      You seem very upset. I know you predicted a flop a year ago and were dead wrong. I guess that would be upsetting.

    • Columbo

      I was dead wrong? As far as I know Apple hasn’t even released sales numbers which companies typically only do when sales are disappointing. Anecdotally, I’ve seen 3 Apple watches EVER. I see zero evidence that this product has caught on in any way.

    • It’s Me

      Doing well enough to get your panties in a bunch.

      Anecdotally, how many you’ve seen means less than nothing. Apple was pretty clear very early on, even before it was released, that they’d be keep numbers vague. But every single estimate is pretty clear that it’s doing quite well.

      And that really seems to upset you. You really want it to fail. You need it to fail. Your self worth seems wrapped up in it failing. I get it. Some people are petty like that.

      Don’t let it make you bitter. Apple will fail someday. Then, after so many times saying it’s happening, you’ll finally be right 😉

    • Columbo

      Eh? You completely misunderstand me. I think Apple is doing amazingly well. They’re probably the strongest modern-day company on the planet. They have so much cash on hand and so many projects in the pipeline that I fully expect them to still be around in 100 years no matter what happens. I am not among the crowd predicting their imminent failure. I also give them huge props for the recent FBI thing. As a company, I’m a big fan.

      Now, I do think it’s dumb when people spend massive amounts of money on things just because they are rabid fans of a logo. I think the iPhone is way too expensive. I don’t fault Apple for that, I fault its customers who will pay any price for that Apple logo. You’re kidding yourself if you don’t think there are millions of these people. They are my annoyance, not Apple. I also thing smartwatches are a dumb fad that disconnect us from one another even more than where we currently are. And from what I can tell, they haven’t really caught on, I don’t see any Apple watches or Pebbles or Samsung Gears around and it’s not like they launched yesterday. And nobody outside the 1% who already bought one seems excited about them. You seem way more upset about this than I am. I’m actually pretty happy about it because it’s an invention that we just don’t need and I think people clued in to this right away.

    • It’s Me

      That is an amazing feat of rationalization. Yet, the fact is, that many other companies sell expensive baubles, not just Apple. Yet, it is only when it is Apple that you come around to make your bitter, petty posts. Many companies make smartwatches, yet, again, it’s only when it’s Apple do we see the bitter, petty posts. It only seems to bother you when people are buying Apple.

      And I am sure you are a big fan of Apple . You never repeatedly make comments predicting their doom. Never saying that the decline in the Chinese economy is going to drag them down and that they are a one trick pony with the iPhone. Yeah, that never happened.

      It’s fascinating what people will convince themselves of in order to try to rationalize their behavior when it’s pointed out to them. They will even ignore the simple facts.

    • Columbo

      “Many companies make smartwatches, yet, again, it’s only when it’s Apple do we see the bitter, petty posts.”

      Nope, I’ve been pretty adamantly against all smart watches. This site does literally 10x more stories about the Apple Watch than any others – and it’s also by far the most overpriced – so I comment more there, but just look through my profile.

      “You never repeatedly make comments predicting their doom. Never saying that the decline in the Chinese economy is going to drag them down and that they are a one trick pony with the iPhone. Yeah, that never happened.”

      I don’t know who you’re thinking about, but I’ve definitely never said those things. My profile is 100% public and Disqus comment history is very easy to navigate, so you can look for yourself. If you can quote me a SINGLE post where I say Apple is doomed or where I talk about China (seriously, you have me confused with someone else) I’ll eat my own shoe.

    • It’s Me

      Maybe it was neo905 who said those specific things. Tend to get you two confused.

    • Columbo

      Ok, I have no idea who that is, but I’ve never in my life predicted Apple’s demise.

      Apple fans seem to have this irrational paranoid certainty that everyone else is constantly predicting their doom. Almost nobody actually does. It’s an echo chamber, in that you’re just hearing yourselves repeat it. Get over your complex, your favourite company is doing just fine and 99% of sane people agree.

  • Andrew English

    No iSheeple watch will ever be better than my Rolex 20 years later.

    • It’s Me

      Could have been worse. Could have been daft enough to buy a Microsoft Band 😉

    • thomas nguyen

      though the band 2 is much improved over the original.

    • It’s Me

      Hard for it not to be, amirite?

      😉

    • thomas nguyen

      ba-da-bing

  • jack

    Even at these prices the iWatch is still over priced

  • jay

    yes 2nd one will arrive beginning next month.

  • Frederick Da Great

    I’ve been using my Apple Watch (Sport) for quite some time now and I can’t live without it. I highly recommend this watch to anyone who uses an iPhone, and for you Android users, i highly recommend you finally make the switch to iOS and pick up one of these Apple Watches, you’ll thank me when you do.

    The Apple watch is by far superior to any other watch out there, and I’ll have you know, when I’m on the train, I often have people “wow” at me when i pull my elegant iPhone out of my pocket with my Apple Watch on wrist.

    • Brad Fortin

      I’d say Android users are better off with the Gear S2.

    • John T.B.

      Wow … so that’s a secret to get noticed … I have to buy iPhone and Apple Watch, sell my Maserati and start using train.

    • Frederick Da Great

      You don’t need to use the train, you just need to ditch your plastic, inferior Blackberry/Android and upgrade to a superior, more elegant mobile phone.

      The Apple Watch is just icing on the cake.

    • John T.B.

      I wasn’t sure if you were sarcastic in your original comment but now I understand that you are actually yet another “Apple because I am worth it” pretender glowing in WOWs not realizing it’s a “WOW, yet another hipster” look.
      Thanks for the advice but I will stick with my BlackBerry and Rolex.

    • Frederick Da Great

      To each his own, however, a man of your stature (assuming you do, drive a Maserati) should travel and work with the most elegant, polished mobile phone on the market – the iPhone.

    • southerndinner

      He’s phatmanXXL

    • thomas nguyen

      Blackberry and Rolex… Can I work for you? I live in Alberta where the economy sucks… kidding… not kidding

    • John T.B.

      Sorry about Alberta … can’t help you there.
      But Blackberry and Rolex part is true, me and most of the people I work with are using BBs (mostly Classic, some Passports, few Privs) and the only way to pry it would be over their cold dead hands. Rolex is actually quite common too.

  • rick

    I’d buy one for 50 dollars (maybe)……but not for a 50 dollar discount

  • jay

    one thing is for sure. apple pushed wearables to the next level…

    • Can’t Fix Stupid

      They did? How so other than on price?

    • jay

      The watch will replace the phone in 4 years so the price has to be high from the beginning otherwise all these companies won’t make so much money

    • Mr Dog

      The Apple Watch on release was the most advanced wearable to date.

      It had more features/app and was capable of more than any of its android competitors.

    • Mo Dabbas

      I wouldn’t say they pushed wearables to the next level. But I would say they raised an awareness about wearables since its release.

  • Can’t Fix Stupid

    Smartwatches for all the hope by the manufacturers that it was going to be the next big thing..it just didn’t seem to happen. While I like gadgets it just doesn’t interest me with the current functionality vs price.

    • thomas nguyen

      similar to the 3d tv that was pushed a year or so ago. Never caught on, but it was a valiant attempt

    • It’s Me

      There’s always VR…the next big thing since 1988.

      The iPod took more than a year before it really took off. Not till gen 2 or 3. Somethings take time. Certainly almost no one doing smart watches before was able to really move the needle, except maybe pebble and they were even more niche.

  • mobilesugar

    At that price, I would personally buy a nice dumb watch and a phone like a Nexus or a Moto.

  • southerndinner

    Guess the sales of this are every bit as bad as expected.

    Designed By Fisher Price ™ isn’t a selling feature.

    • Brad Fortin

      The S6/Edge are up to $400 off this weekend. I guess sales must be absolutely horrible.

    • It’s Me

      One small discount almost a year after being released…yeah, sales must suck.

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