Apple may have it easy when it comes to promoting the Apple Watch to technology-loving individuals who are looking for a smartwatch. After all, regardless of where you stand on the smartwatch fence, it’s hard to argue that Apple’s offering far transcends anything else that’s currently offered.
Getting consumers to purchase an Apple Watch is one thing. Getting those same consumers to buy additional Apple Watch bands, some of which cost more than the Watch itself, is an entirely different challenge.
A large percentage of those Apple Watch owners who want additional customization are looking to take a chance on third-party Apple Watch band offerings in the hope of saving a fair bit of money. Apple has recently officially introduced a number of limited edition bands that are available exclusively through the Apple Store at the VillageMall in Barra da Tijuca in honor of the 2016 Rio Olympics, and now, it seems that a third-party manufacturer has launched a clone band that will appeal to those following the athletes of the United States.
As part of its own official limited edition range, Apple has chosen the flags and color schemes of 14 individual countries competing at Rio 2016 Olympics to immortalize them into Woven Nylon bands for Apple Watch. Granted, the third-party offering here may only represent the United States flag, but you’d be hard pushed to find a difference between this offering and Apple’s own official band, which costs $49 compared to this $19.99 for the third-party alternative.
If you are supporting United States’ athletes, and getting out to Rio de Janeiro to purchase official Apple band isn’t exactly convenient for you, then this is the perfect solution. The band itself is manufactured from high-quality Nylon in the style of the American flag.
The company behind this replacement band will even be throwing in a high-quality velvet bag with the purchase to ensure that the band is always protected when not in use.
If you feel the need to cheer for the United States at this year’s Olympics, then this could be the perfect way to express that patriotic attitude without having to spend twice as much for Apple’s official offering, which by the way looks almost identical, and isn’t available anywhere other than aforementioned Apple Store in Rio.
Buy: 3rd-Party U.S. Olympics 2016 Woven Nylon Band for Apple Watch from Amazon: $19.99 | Original price: $49
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