Trade-in and trade-up programs are nothing new for the technology industry, working like a charm in the recent and not-so-recent past to improve the mainstream appeal of Microsoft Surface-series products, Samsung Galaxy phones, or HTC Ones.

But wearable discounts up for grabs after the exchange of different smartwatches and fitness trackers aren’t exactly common, with select Apple Watch models letting you score the Microsoft Band 2 completely for free until February 7.

You read that right, if you’re willing to dispose of a working, mint condition 38mm “iWatch” with stainless steel case and Milanese loop, Redmond shall give you “as much as” $250 towards the purchase of a Band 2.

The question is of course who in their right minds would spend a small fortune on such a fashionable Apple Watch configuration, then voluntarily give it up in exchange for a humble-looking smart band worth less than half its retail value?

Meanwhile, a 42mm white Apple Watch with stainless steel case can net you a $200 Microsoft Band 2 markdown, and a blue 38mm silver aluminum case Watch Sport fetches a $150 promo code. That still doesn’t sound very lucrative, but perhaps you can be convinced to receive $75 on a Fitbit Charge HR, $35 for a first-gen Microsoft Band, $25 on a Sony SmartWatch 3, or $35 for a Samsung Galaxy Gear 2.

Alternatively, you can simply wait for MS to drop the activity tracker’s price from $250 to $200 again. That’s bound to happen soon enough, and overall, feels like a better deal, considering the kind of money some of the above listed wearables can bring in on eBay, Swappa or similar websites.

Source: Microsoft Store

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