There are so many ways to save money when shopping for a smartwatch that it can be hard to keep track of them all. From looking for specialized models to buying on the right holidays, here’s how you can go about saving as much money as possible on your next smartwatch purchase.
1 – Buy used
Used smartwatches are cheaper than new ones, which is already a good reason to give the used market a look when shopping for a watch. Another good reason is that the used smartwatch market has grown quite professional over the last few years.
For example, there are plenty of stores dedicated entirely to buying and selling used Apple Watches. These stores often offer warranties and money-back guarantees on their products, which effectively eliminates the risks associated with buying used products from a stranger.
2 – Look for coupons and discounts
There are entire sites dedicated to keeping track of coupons, special deals, and discount codes on various products. Make sure you are using one of those when shopping for your next smartwatch; you might be able to score a great deal on a flash sale.
3 – Avoid the big brands
There are a lot of upsides to buying hardware from big brands like Apple or Samsung. But there is no denying the fact that when it comes to hardware quality alone, there are plenty of smaller brands out there selling quality smartwatches at a much more affordable price.
Finding a good watch from a lesser-known brand will take a bit more research. But now that the web is packed with articles and videos reviewing every new smartwatch release, information on different devices is easy to come by. Pro tip: look for last year’s top 10 watches budget smartwatches lists. Those will be even cheaper today and just as good as they were then.
4 – Decide which features you need
Do you really need your watch to be waterproof? Are you actually going to use the watch’s heart rate monitor daily? Flagship smartwatches are often built to have all the features and be a jack of all trades. That’s good, but for a price-conscious buyer, it means having to pay for features that you could do without.
You can go around this by getting watches designed for a specific purpose. Fitness trackers will trade-off having big screens in order to offer great health tracking features in a small package. While business smartwatches will often lack health tracking features, but offer a bigger screen and battery for a lower price.
And you don’t have to choose one or the other. If you don’t mind the inconvenience of having to switch watches during the day, it can actually be cheaper to get a business watch and a fitness tracker than to get a watch that does both.
5 – Trade in your current device
Many brands will let you trade in an old watch in exchange for a discount on a new watch. That alone might not bring the price down too much, but when you consider the resale value of a brand new watch, this can actually be a good deal. Especially if you plan on trading watches again in the next three years.