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New site aims to fix a big source of buyer’s remorse for Apple Watch owners

Published May 12th, 2015 3:45PM EDT
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Apple Watch shipments are really expected to pick up in May. While it will likely still be quite some time before supply actually manages to catch up with demand, people are finally beginning to get their hands on their watches en masse. Interestingly, especially considering that this is a brand new product, people appear to be overwhelmingly happy with their Apple Watches, and we’ve seen precious few real complaints.

There are some Apple fans experiencing buyer’s remorse in one regard though, and a new website hopes to provide the fix.

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From the moment the Apple Watch first became available for preorder, certain band options already had shipping quotes that were long after device’s initial release date. As a result, many people ordered Watches with band options they didn’t want in an effort to ensure that they would receive the devices as quickly as possible.

For example, 42mm stainless Watches with white sport bands shipped sooner than models with black sport bands, and most sport options shipped far sooner than Watches with link bands.

If you bought a band you’re not a fan of, there are ways to take care of that buyer’s remorse.

Apple has an exchange program you can use if the band you’re looking for is available to swap, but there are also third-party sites popping up to help Apple Watch owners find the each other if they want to make a trade. iBandSwap is among them, and the site does a great job of recording the exact band you’re looking for and matching you with someone who has that band and is looking to make a trade.

You can also try to buy the band you’re looking for using a site like eBay or Craigslist, but you can expect to pay a hefty premium until supply catches up with demand. Until then, sites like iBandSwap might be your best bet.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.