[This is a continuation of part 6 of the saga, this is part 7]
Note: I only had 4 hours sleep last night so the quality of this installment may be lacking
The cracked eBay watch was returned. It wasn't as "fully functional" as the seller had described. We could find another temporary watch or try something else. Wanting to avoid a repeat of something that had already failed, we went with something new.
My wife's suggestion was to buy a new watch, send the broken one off to Apple, when it came back repaired sell it as a "as new" open box item on eBay. This was a slightly worse proposition than reselling the cracked Series 3 watch due to eBay / PayPal commissions — the higher the price, the more you lose. We felt, selling what was effectively a brand new watch should get us a reasonable price. The retail price with Tax was around $433, how much of a discount did people need?
And that was the plan. Pay Apple $299+Tax to repair the watch, then either return the watch - we were still morally against that idea at that point - or sell it on eBay and eat the commission, but keep the exercise streak. Effectively, it was the cost of keeping the streak.
The upside to paying this "premium" was that my wife would have a new watch with a whole new warrantee, whereas the repaired watch would have only the original 7 month warrantee - plus an extra year of credit card extended warrantee.
I looked around to see if there were any deals available on the Series 4. The best I could find was to sign up for a Best Buy credit card and use it to get 10% on the first purchase, thus saving $39.99. I really didn't need or want a new credit card, but 10% is 10%.
Best Buy is about 1 miles walk from where I live, so I set off to go get a replacement watch.
Tomorrow we find out if I leave with a new watch (yes I checked, the web site said it was in stock at the store). You can find out here.