Android Wear 2.0 is here, and that means a lot of early adopters will be selling their perfectly fine watches to help fund a new one. Plenty of them will also be updated to Android Wear 2.0, so this is a good chance to score a new-to-you piece of Android for your wrist!
The trick is knowing where to look. I was poking around and saw random listings from pawn shops and local online classifieds from LA and New York and was definitely not impressed. Prices almost as high as brand new watches of the same model (a couple even higher!) and a few that look like they have been through a war.
Skip the pawn shops and check this out.
Swappa is the Mecca of all things used and mobile, and that includes watches.
You'll have a higher chance of finding exactly what you want because Swappa is the first place enthusiasts go when selling their gear as well as buying it. And the company individually screens every listing and offers buyer and seller protection programs. You can even get accident protection insurance through Swappa.
Swappa should be the first place you look if you're wanting to buy a used Android Wear watch.
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There are about a gazillion things for sale on eBay at any given moment. Including plenty of Android Wear watches!
Because eBay is an auction site, there's a chance you'll be able to find a really good deal. They have a full-featured Android app so you can keep track of your bids or try to snipe a watch right at the last minute, and eBay has a dedicated team to handle any disputes should you not get what you paid for or it's not in the condition advertised.
Things can be a little tough to find on eBay when you're looking for a specific product, but that can be an advantage, too. If it's hard for you to find it's hard for everyone else to find. That can keep bids low.
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Android Central's forums
We have a dedicated forum for buying and selling, and there's a good chance a member or two will be buying a new LG watch Sport because it ticks all their boxes and they're also one of those early adopters we mentioned earlier.
Please note that we have pretty strict rules about what can be sold and how things can be listed, but we're not a broker or anything of the sort. Use the search functions to check out other sales a person may have been involved in and use a payment method that has your back.
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Craigslist (and Kijiji)
Craigslist and Kijiji reach millions of people, including people in your area.
There are a lot of great deals to be found in these two classified giants. No matter where you live in the US or Canada, you have a local section in one or the other (and if you're from any big city in Canada, both). It's easy to sell almost anything through these companies, so a lot of people do it. But there's a reason they are at the bottom of our list — they don't have any type of buyer protections in place. You're on your own, basically.
When buying from a local online seller, make sure you never send any money in advance and meet in person, in the daytime, in public. Bring a friend.
Very few people are on Craigslist or Kijiji to rip you off and you'll hear lots of people happy with the phones or other electronics they got through them. But be smart.
Pro-tip: Be sure to check all the sections a smartwatch may end up in — jewelry, phones, miscellaneous and anything else you can think of. Something in the "wrong" section may have been sitting there a while and you can grab it even cheaper.
Craigslist! Snagged my Gear S2 Classic for $100 2 months ago.
Even try Reddit, I bought a fellow Redditor's Pebble Time Steel for like $90 USD, he posted that he was selling his in the r/Pebble subreddit
Can someone please explain me how come the Huawei Watch remains so expensive, even after more than a year of being released? I truly don't get it.
They offer zero seller or buyer protection outside of their verification at the beginning. Have a problem and it will immediately be punted to PayPal for resolution. In this case PayPal will always side with the buyer. I nearly found out the hard way there are no seller protections on Swappa or with PayPal. If someone wants to scam you you are screwed. Seller beware on Swappa. It has moved from enthusiasts to the mainstream and with it scammers and deadbeats. Don't be fooled in thinking anyone has your back as a seller. Most certainly Swappa does NOT.
I've had a couple of bad experiences on there. One recently when I sold an HTC 10. As soon as I shipped, the buyer asked if it was too late to cancel. As soon as they got it, they made up some BS that the phone wouldn't focus on macro photos. Swappa made me let the buyer return the phone to me, even though, if there was an actual issue, they should have taken it up with HTC. Once I got the phone back, it worked perfectly, the buyer just had a change of heart and I had to go through the refund and resale process. I'm not a reseller, I'm just a phone junky. I'm not really in the position to have money tied up in multiple phones. I'd say it's buyer/seller beware on pretty much anything unless you're doing a personal sale. I'd almost rather buy outright and spend more money and be safe rather than deal with these sites.
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