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If you find Apple Watch’s $349 price tag a bit on the expensive side, you may be happy to know that you’ll be able to take it for a test drive for far less than that. Gadget rental startup Lumoid says that it plans to rent out the Watch for $45/week, once it launches next month.

Lumoid, which already rents out FitBits and similar devices, says the $45 will get you the Sports version of Apple Watch, and $25 of that will go towards the purchase price if you decide to buy it. The firm will also offer the Steel version for $55, but will not carry Edition models.

“It’s easy to see how a phone or computer or tablet fits into your life, but a watch that reminds you to stand or helps you pay for for your groceries can be a harder sell, especially when you only get to test it in the store,” a spokesperson for the San Francisco company told Mashable.

Apple of course will allow customers to try on Apple Watch in its retail stores, but that’s hardly enough time to determine if it will prove useful, meaning this concept could prove popular. In fact, Lumoid has already started a waiting list for folks interested in renting the Apple Watch.

Source: Mashable

  • Martin

    Pretty nifty idea if you ask me. The price isn’t too high so you can easily try the watch out.

  • Snailpo

    Or you can buy it and return it in a week and if you like it keep it

    • Merman123

      Exactly.

    • n0ahcruz3

      Best advice

    • kurt

      If its anything like the phone, they charge you a fee for returning once the box has been opened. Not for sure how much it is but I am sure your route would still be cheaper unless Apple thought about that and charges more for the return of the watch.

      • Snailpo

        Apple stores don’t charge a restocking fee. That’s usually cell phone companies ATT Verizon etc

      • kurt

        I was charged the last time I took an iPhone back, but that was two or three years ago.

      • Eric

        It had to be over 4 years ago. Maybe 5.

    • Gary le

      Via apple store right?
      Btw whats the return policy from apple stores for the watch?
      Also no restocking fee even when opened?

    • Tobias9413

      If Target decides to sell it then you have 30 days to return so that’s probably what I’ll do.

  • L J

    If they can do rent to own Interest free, sign me up.

  • Matt

    Interesting and pretty cool, but this is where I’m leaning towards

    • Om

      I’m certain that you won’t regret the purchase. There were talks that Google was going to support iOS in its Android Wear ecosystem.

      • Matt

        I heard about that too the other day, fingers crossed that it actually happens.

      • mike

        DONT BUY IT!!!!! they might be coming out with the moto 360 2nd version this year probably

      • My Wasted Fantasy

        “Might” No promises

      • mike

        but if it does then you just bought a old watch and going to be depressed until you get a new one

    • GR

      quite ugly

      • mike

        same thing your mom said when she looked at you the first time

      • GR

        Meh. Still ugly. Me too

    • @dongiuj

      To me, this looks a lot more appealing. Not sure about the product nor the comparisons with any other “smartwatch” but this looks the most appealing, again to ME if I were to ever get one.

      • Matt

        Me too, the Moto360 looks like an actual watch, it’s a circle and looks more a premium product especially when looking at those chamfer edges. It looks like more time was spent in the creation of it, and all in all it looks a lot better than the apple watch but that’s just an opinion. And I’m definitely getting one when Google makes the app that will enable the usage of these watched with an iPhone – if they even do

      • Nate McKelvie

        I agree the moto 360 looks amazing, but I doubt they spent more time developing it. Apple has been at this watch thing for over 7 years. That fact alone is what has my confidence in the apple watch as far as actual use. I think the moto does look more like a normal watch and is absolutely beautiful, but I feel like if apple worked on something for 7 years they wouldn’t release it til it was amazing. I mean after 7 years, what would it matter if you waited another year to release if it wasn’t perfect

      • Matt

        Well they had seven long years to make it thinner at least.

      • Nate McKelvie

        I agree, I don’t think I am a fan of the apple watch look, I do like the iPhone 6 look, A LOT, but I also really like the look of the Galaxy 6edge even more lol. But yeah the first time I saw the 360 I was like wow that’s what a smart watch should look like.

      • Annie Leonhardt

        Non circle timepieces exist. First time buying a watch?

      • Matt
    • Annie Leonhardt

      I think the Moto 360 looks like ****.

  • Gary le

    So that means i can rent the $1100 “SPACE BLACK” 42mm for $55/week? But wouldnt it gets dirty and have scratches if u dont get to try it on first or second?

    • Elias Chao

      I’m pretty sure that you’ll need to sign some papers where you accept the watch is going to be under your responsibilities. So, if you scratch it or break it, you’ll pay for it.

  • @dongiuj

    “Oh no, somebody stole the watch from me while I was renting it for $45. Damn, I wish that hadn’t have happened”.

  • @dongiuj

    Hmm, when it’s $30 to rent a $600 PS4 for a month….

  • john diaz

    What a rip off!!! so another 20$ for apple on top of your 350$ or 10K if your into that.

    • Nate McKelvie

      Umm the edition is not for rent first off, and second Apple doesn’t make the extra $20 for the rental, the company renting it out does. In fact this could also hurt apple in that the company renting it out buys 1, then rents to 10 people that don’t buy it. Apple still only made one sale, but the rental company has made $450 off of a $350 watch