How do you assess a distant overseas seller? Or do you avoid them altogether?
I know to steer clear of the obvious black dialed watches from Malaysia, South America, Ukraine, etc. -- but what about the sellers who present good product and appear legitimate?
I've purchased Ebay items (but not watches) from Taiwan and China with great success. It's hard to believe that every watch seller from a "far away land" is disreputable. Are their ways to pick out the solid sellers? Or should I avoid them completely?
I'm asking this in vintage because that's mostly what I buy. The closed offer linked below isn't quite vintage, but it's a good example of a seller that appears reputable, to me. Did I miss something? Would you have been comfortable buying from this ad or would you steer clear altogether?
Advice on how to assess this watch offering might help me learn what to look for. Any tips or general advice would be very appreciated!
IWC Mark XII Stainless Steel Black Dial Men Wristwatch - eBay (item 160503639678 end time Nov-14-10 18:14:18 PST)
Thanks for the help!