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Apple Watch Series 3 deal: Just $239 – CNET


Last year's $329 flagship is this year's $239 bargain.  

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Looking for the best deal on an iPhone? Look to last year's models. And the best deal on an Apple Watch? Same story.

To wit: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Apple is offering refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 models starting at $239. Until just a week ago, when the Series 4 arrived, that same model would have run you $329 new. (It's currently $279 new.)

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That $239 option buys you the 38mm GPS version; the 42mm models start at $259 -- just $20 more. Currently, the store has no cellular-capable watches in stock.

Although Apple doesn't promise the exact same level of refurb goodness afforded to iPhones and iPads -- you don't get a new casing or battery -- refurbished Watches are tested and certified and come with a one-year warranty.

At these prices, I guarantee Apple's inventory won't last long. The Series 3 was the flagship model until a week ago, and viewed in a vacuum, it's still a damn good smartwatch

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Bonus deal: Here's a watch of an entirely different stripe. The LG GizmoPal 2 is for kids -- though, more accurately, it's for parents, as it allows you to keep tabs on your tyke.

It normally sells for $80 new, but for a limited time, A4C has the refurbished LG GizmoPal 2 for Verizon for $19.95 with promo code CHEAPSKATE35.

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This big watch includes both GPS and cellular connectivity, the better to effectively locate your little (or medium) one. It's about as kid-friendly as a device like this gets.

But...couple things: It's available in pink only. It requires not only Verizon service, but also an existing Verizon account. (In other words, I don't believe you can just have the watch on a plan.) And it has decidedly mixed reviews from pros and end-users alike.

At this price, though? There's no cheaper kid-tracker I know of, and it's a pretty easy add-on if you're already a Verizon customer.

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