Buying Discount Watches Online
When buying a discount watch on the internet their are several things one needs to watch out for. If you are buying a brand name watch like a Casio, Timex, Citizen, Seiko or even a higher end Watch Like an Omega or Movado make sure that the company you are purchasing from is reputable. See if they offer any kind of a return policy as well as any kind of warrantee on the watch. Many discount watches online these days are knock offs or gray market watches which do not carry a warrantee by the manufacturer. Cheaper brands like Timex and Casio are usually gray market goods which means that they do not carry a manufacturers warrantee at all, therefore it is important to see if the online site owner offers any sort of a warrantee at all. If the watch does come directly from the manufacturer then you don't have to worry and if any trouble arises you can then just send the watch in for repair or replacement.
Their is a lot of gray market goods on the internet especially Ebay. The watches are the same quality as what you would get from the maker directly. What is done is that buyers will bypass the watch company directly and approach the actual factories. By buying from the factory direct they can get a much better price. The quality is the same.
The only draw back is that you do not have a warrantee therefore if the watch is defective you are not covered by a manufacturers warrantee. Usually the way you can tell if the watch his gray market is by the price. If you go and look on the internet use something like froogle and see what the current price seems to be. Anyone undercutting that price by a great deal is usually selling gray market or knock off watches. If you think about it this way everyone is selling to make money so if someone is selling at a price that is so greatly reduced that they cant possibly make anything you should be asking yourself why. Finding a higher end watch at a discount online can be quite tricky, it is actually easier to find a knock off. Most of your high end watch companies like Rolex, Movado, Omega, Rado and Tag do not allow selling of their product on the internet, therefore many of the online sites that sell these higher end watches will sell the watch to you, but before they do they will take the serial numbers off to hide where the watch came from. Since most of the higher end models have unique identifying serial numbers on them. They can be used to track the watch back to a particular watch seller. Since a lot of the hihger end makers don't want the product sold on the web they will go and make purchases online to see if they can track the watch back from the account that it came from which will get the account closed.
For this reason the serial numbers are removed. In doing this the manufacturer will not honor the warrantee. If you decide to buy one of these watches online make sure the site you buy from offers a warrantee. Most will offer a 3 year warrantee which replaces the one of the manufacturer. So if you do want to buy a watch online at a cheaper price please make sure you look at these factors so you are not disappointed by your purchase. Lately knock offs have become very popular and they are a viable alternative to buying a high end watch. You can get a good knock off for 2 to 300 dollars. Most of them even come with a 2 year warrantee. I have seen a few of these and they are difficult to identify as a fake unless you are a horologist you will not be able to tell the difference until you actually crack the case open.