Sellers In Distant Lands, Avoid Entirely?

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    Sellers In Distant Lands, Avoid Entirely?

    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!

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    Re: Sellers In Distant Lands, Avoid Entirely?

    Looks good to me. Has sold IWCs in past and received positive feedback. Delivery times look reasonable too. You want to avoid delivery times that delay the receipt of the watch beyond the Ebay dispute filing deadline.

    Pay via PayPal using a credit card to fund the payment and you get the protection of your credit card if anything goes wrong.

    With higher priced watches, I always take them to my watchmaker to be authenticated after receiving them.

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    Re: Sellers In Distant Lands, Avoid Entirely?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray916MN View Post
    With higher priced watches, I always take them to my watchmaker to be authenticated after receiving them.
    That's what I'd make sure of - get a few days leeway to return the watch so you can have it checked out.

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    Re: Sellers In Distant Lands, Avoid Entirely?

    Quote Originally Posted by piscator View Post
    How do you assess a distant overseas seller? Or do you avoid them altogether?
    They're all distant to me.

    Ray's advice is sensible. Pay heed.

    Also if it is a specialist item and if you can show a photo on a particular forum (without tipping your hand re where you're bidding) then it may be possible to get some good advice before purchase. Ebay feedback ratings are useful up to a point, but it is definitely preferable to go with sellers endorsed by people you trust.

    You should be cautious about the national generalisations often made on forums. There are patterns; a high proportion of frankenwatches from Ukraine, many generous and friendly sellers in Bulgaria, many uncommonly honest sellers of vintage items on TaoBao, dodgy redials proliferate in India, etc, etc; but every seller is different and must be judged on their merits.
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