How to buy a watch online – a comprehensive guide Part 2

As a continuation of our online watch buying guide here is part 2. This article will give you tips on how to avoid scam and disappointments with your purchase. 

If you want to learn more about finding the right watch and place to buy, check out the first part here.

How to avoid scams

Certainly, this is possibly one of the most important questions for most of us. There are plenty of scams selling fake products or not delivering at all. Nevertheless, with a few steps, you can protect yourself against it.

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Research the seller

You should have a proper understanding of who your seller is. Examine their social media profiles, read and evaluate reviews from other customers. Try to use the google backward picture search to see if they use images from others or find their address on google maps. Another option to verify the person behind the screen is to call them and see if someone picks up.

Get proof and information

Ask questions and request some pictures. On-hand pictures can prove that the person is really owning the product. A reputable dealer will be happy to provide you with all you need. Moreover, it is always good to communicate over email to have written proof of all agreements.

Know about prices and brands

Research some information about the brand and prices. To avoid buying fakes it is good to be aware of certain brand characteristics. As a result, if something does not match up you will know. Additionally, a deal that is too good to be true will not probably be real, unfortunately.

Be aware of the payment method

Unquestionably, it is a big red flag if a dealer is using an untraceable payment method like Western Union or Venmo. Once the money is gone, it will be practically impossible to find out where it went. Hence, it is best to use a simple bank transfer or credit card transaction.

Might be wise to check return options as well
Might be wise to check return options as well

How to avoid disappointments when buying watches online

Can you send it back?

Even with a lot of research, it might happen that your watch just does not comply with what you expected. Some watches are a big investment. Consequently and especially if you don’t have a lot of experience with watches make sure there is a return option.

Can you change the strap?

Another way you could prevent the problem of being unsatisfied with your watch is to make sure that the watch strap is interchangeable. A different strap can completely redesign the character of a watch . Trying a new strap might make your unfortunate purchase worth it after all.

What materials have been used?

By checking the materials of a watch you can tell a lot about its quality. A cheap quality watch might not look good in reality and not last as long as you would like it to. An additional advantage of knowing about good materials is to have an adequate understanding of what the price should be. Good materials to look out for are, for example, sapphire glass, a durable ceramic bezel and a stainless steel case. For more infos on this check:

Where are you ordering from?

Shipping fees and the cost of import duty tax can very quickly add up and make a good deal an inconvenient one. Further, concerns about the safety of the shipment should be evaluated. On top of that, consider that in case you want to send it back, new costs and bureaucratic work might be added . Consider all this and decide if it is worth it.

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