1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar


    Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Monday in an e-mail to employees that Apple employees would receive a nice discount on select Apple Watch models.

    According to the e-mail, employees can qualify for up to 50% off of Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch models, but only up to $550 off of the golden Apple Watch Edition model.

    Team,

    The day we’ve all been waiting for is almost here: Apple Watch is ready to ship.

    Our retail stores are training for a whole new way to engage customers and help them experience Apple’s most personal product yet. On Friday, in over four hundred stores across four continents, we’ll open our doors to people who want to try on Apple Watch for the first time and start deciding which one is right for them.

    Tens of millions of people have seen our keynotes and demonstration videos about the watch, and there’s much more to come. Some of the most innovative developers in the world are working on new experiences designed specifically for Apple Watch. More than one thousand apps were submitted in just four days last week when the App Store started accepting them, and the rate of submissions has only been climbing since then.

    I know that many of you have been looking forward to choosing an Apple Watch for yourselves, and we want to make it easy for you. Starting Friday in countries where the watch is available for pre-order, a special Employee Purchase Plan will offer a 50% discount on any Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport for your personal use.

    As we introduce the watch in more countries, the special pricing for employees will be offered in those countries as well. Discounts will begin at pre-order and last for 90 days after availability. AppleWeb has more details, so I invite you to check it out.

    Our products enrich people’s lives like no others, and we think Apple Watch is going to delight our customers in ways people can’t yet imagine. We want you to share in that experience right alongside them.

    Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard for years to help this product reach our customers. And thanks in advance to the thousands of retail employees around the world who will start placing it on people’s wrists starting Friday.

    Tim
    Cook thanks Apple's employees for all of their hard work and as a thanks, the hefty discount comes in to play under a new "Employee Purchase Plan."

    The Apple Watch goes on pre-order starting Friday, April 10th at 12:01 PDT time; it will be officially available starting on April 24th.

    The Apple Watch comes with various health-tracking features, integration with iOS applications on iPhones running iOS 8.2 (excluding the iPhone 4s), NFC technology, and various other features.

    Sources: MacRumors
    2015-04-07 12:56 AM
  2. zeroskater61's Avatar
    Will they have a limit per employee?? If not I could see a few making a good profit from this.. Buy at 50% off retail then turn around and resell on eBay at 10-20% off retail!!
    2015-04-07 01:08 AM
  3. Carvensno's Avatar
    Will they have a limit per employee?? If not I could see a few making a good profit from this.. Buy at 50% off retail then turn around and resell on eBay at 10-20% off retail!!
    I don't think Apple is that dumb not to limit a employee to 1 watch per. Plus the watches have to be ordered. i think Apple will catch on seeing a employee buying over and over again or using their employee discount over and over again when ordering. Just saying! :P
    2015-04-07 03:10 AM
  4. Ryaninfg's Avatar
    Time to get a pt job at the Apple Store!
    2015-04-07 04:24 AM
  5. MoonFighter's Avatar
    Will they have a limit per employee?? If not I could see a few making a good profit from this.. Buy at 50% off retail then turn around and resell on eBay at 10-20% off retail!!
    I imagine there is a very strict company policy in place to prevent that. I used to work for an electronics store and we were absolutely not allowed to sell anything we bought at the store during our employment there regardless of whether or not we got our discount
    2015-04-07 05:08 AM
  6. rickuk's Avatar
    Thats one way to bump up the sales figures
    2015-04-07 08:46 AM
  7. zeroskater61's Avatar
    I imagine there is a very strict company policy in place to prevent that. I used to work for an electronics store and we were absolutely not allowed to sell anything we bought at the store during our employment there regardless of whether or not we got our discount
    I know what you mean but the reason I commented on this was because I actually had a friend at work who's kid work's at an apple to store and he was able to get me multiple iPods at there employee discount.
    2015-04-07 11:29 AM
  8. bigboyz's Avatar
    Apple needs to thank its customers that keep them making year over year profits. Not saying they give the watch away..just saying give the first 100-200 purchasers of the Apple Watch a reduced price. That would be very nice indeed :]
    2015-04-07 04:15 PM
  9. mrbaker1979's Avatar
    And they'd all go to Chinese scalpers if they did that.
    2015-04-07 04:42 PM
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