A new subscription service allows potential gadget owners to test out new devices like Apple’s new iPad tablet before committing to a purchase. YBUY, which bills itself as a try-before-you-buy online subscription service, charges users a flat monthly fee of $24.95 for access to a wide range of consumer electronics as well as home and kitchen gadgets. Users can choose one device at a time from YBUY’s catalog and trial the gadget for up to 30 days before returning it. Beginning in April, the company’s inventory will also include Apple’s new iPad. “For most consumers, when it comes to electronics or products for the home, the idea is that they want to test the product out first,” YBUY CEO Stephen Svajian said. “We can actually bring the showroom straight to your living room. Our unique alternative, that comes to you brand new or completely sanitized, allows consumers to test it out for 30 days in the comfort of your own home. This can really help you get to know the item you would like to invest in, before fully committing to make the purchase. There’s no other experience like it out there on the market.” YBUY’s press release follows below.
YBUY, New Try-Before-You-Buy Online Subscription Service, To Offer Apple’s New iPad, Starting April 1
Unique Service Allows Consumers To Touch, Feel And Experience Latest In Electronics, Home And Kitchen Gadgets For 30-Day Trial Period Before Committing To Buy
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Have you been thinking about purchasing Apple’s new iPad, but not quite sure you are ready to make the investment? Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a little extra time, in the comfort of your own home, to test drive the new state-of-the-art mobile device before fully committing to buy it?
YBUY, the new try-before-you-buy online subscription service, announced today that it will be carrying Apple’s third generation iPad, starting today at www.ybuy.com. Orders placed today will be shipped to customers before April 1, 2012. YBUY, which officially launched in January, gives consumers a chance to test drive the latest in electronics, home and kitchen gadgets for 30 days before they commit to purchase.
For $24.95 a month, YBUY members can try out products ranging from iPads and high-end Bose headsets to Breville coffee makers, Rabbit Air purifiers, or the Sous Vide water oven for 30 days. After the trial period ends, YBUYERs have the opportunity to keep the item and have the trial fee applied toward the YBUY product purchase price. Or, the customer can easily send the product back to YBUY and select another item from the curated list of top-of-the-line products. On most products, YBUY will send a mid-month offer to the customer to buy the product at a significant discount, sometimes up to 25 percent off the retail price. Shipping is free both ways.
“For most consumers, when it comes to electronics or products for the home, the idea is that they want to test the product out first,” said YBUY CEO Stephen Svajian. “Typically, you’ll wait in line for hours. Then, when you finally get into the store, there’s someone right behind you breathing down your neck, pressuring you, and maybe even dripping sweat on you. And at the end of the day, you may only get five or ten minutes with a device that hundreds of other people have had their mitts on. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen someone wipe down an iPad after they use it. This can make for a pretty gross and stressful shopping experience.”
With YBUY, Svajian said, there’s no reason for brick and mortar showrooms to exist. “We can actually bring the showroom straight to your living room,” he said. “Our unique alternative, that comes to you brand new or completely sanitized, allows consumers to test it out for 30 days in the comfort of your own home. This can really help you get to know the item you would like to invest in, before fully committing to make the purchase. There’s no other experience like it out there on the market.”
YBUY offers both new and factory refurbished products certified by the manufacturer. All returned products are sanitized and refurbished before being sent to another customer.
According to Svajian, YBUYs quantities of Apple’s new iPad will be limited, beginning April 1. He encouraged customers to sign up as soon as possible so they can add their name to the waiting list. For more information, or to start your 30-day in-home trial of the latest electronics and home gadgets, visit www.ybuy.com.