Unimpressed Apple Watch owner trades up for a scooter


Piaggio Liberty for Apple Watch
The Piaggio Liberty S.
Photo: Piaggio

The Apple Watch isn’t available in Indonesia yet, but that isn’t stopping fans there from buying them.

One man was so interested in the new wearable that he traded a scooter valued at over $1,000 to get his hands on Apple’s smartwatch.

“At first I wanted to wear it myself,” the scooter’s new owner said (via Coconuts Jakarta). “But it didn’t really suit me, so it was a coincidence that someone wanted to trade for it.”

The scooter, a 2014 Piaggio Liberty S, is worth 14 million rupiah according to Coconuts, which amounts to about $1,050 U.S. But the Apple Watch was only part of the trade; the seller also received 2 million rupiah, or about $150 for his wheels. It was still a pretty sweet deal for the Apple Watch’s original owner, though: He paid the equivalent of 4 million rupiah abroad for the gadget, which means that he ended up buying the scooter for about $450. And he managed to ditch the smartwatch that had failed to wow him.

The Apple Watch’s global rollout is proceeding slowly since its April 24 launch. It was originally only available in nine countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the U.K., and the U.S. It will start shipping to seven more countries — Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan — in a couple weeks to coincide with the Watch’s availability in Apple retail stores.

Indonesia is still off the list for now, but the good news is that both sides of this particular trade walked (or rolled) away happy.