G-Shocks as an investment?

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    G-Shocks as an investment?

    Of course I'm not seriously suggesting that G-Shocks should be considered a good investment, or that they can make you any money.

    I was looking at a thread on another forum about watches (slightly more expensive watches than G-Shocks ) as investments, and one of the posters mentioned that he had made an average loss of 11%, which made me wonder.

    I keep a spreadsheet of what I bought, when, how much I paid, when I sold it, and how much for (bit sad, I know). Anyway, I'm currently running at -5.86%

    So, G-Shocks: cheaper to buy, no servicing costs, better re-sale value. win:win:win
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    Re: G-Shocks as an investment?

    For me I would concider it a full out hobby. I haven't gone up-side down in a G-Shock yet, though I do have a hard time getting rid of them, an occasional flip or 2 of the ones that I don't wear if something new and awesome comes out, thats kinda what happened with the GA-100 all black I just bought. Never thought about writing down the prices of each that I paid,....
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    Re: G-Shocks as an investment?

    In my experience G Shocks are certainly the easiest to sell because of popularity and keep link new condition much longer than anything else I have owned. I think it is a poor choice of an investment, but all things considered, G Shocks are a good choice for the catch and release type of person.

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    Re: G-Shocks as an investment?

    I wish my losses ran at -5.8%.

    I haven't got the figures, but would guess that I lose 40% on other brands, and 60% plus on G-Shocks.

    But then I've never been a canny shopper...
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    Re: G-Shocks as an investment?

    Quote Originally Posted by tribe125 View Post
    I wish my losses ran at -5.8%.

    I haven't got the figures, but would guess that I lose 40% on other brands, and 60% plus on G-shocks.

    But then I've never been a canny shopper...
    I'm curious how you guys calculate your losses? Shipping costs included? How about depreciation over time?

    I know I'm getting some accounting details now, but hey, might as well be accurate, right?

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    Re: G-Shocks as an investment?

    Quote Originally Posted by BenL View Post
    I'm curious how you guys calculate your losses? Shipping costs included? How about depreciation over time?

    I know I'm getting some accounting details now, but hey, might as well be accurate, right?
    In my case, simply purchase price v sale price.

    I don't take shipping costs or import duty into account, because I can never remember what they are after I've paid them.
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    Re: G-Shocks as an investment?

    I don't buy G-Shocks as an investment, but rather I collect them as a hobby. I believe that only the selected models (limited editions such as 25th anniversary, Dawn Blacks, etc) have the potential to become more valuable than their initial prices because these have a limited production period.

    The vintage models are certainly a good resellers because if they can be refurbished into better condition (and they are in okay condition to begin with), they can be sold at a decent prices. Of course, it really depends on the economy and how much people are willing to pay for at a particular time. People don't like G-Shocks will not buy them ever, but for people who love them they can spend a tons on them.

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    Re: G-Shocks as an investment?

    I too cant see G-Shocks as an investment, maybe Frogmen. I guess if your G was solid gold and diamond encrusted that may be an investment vehicle but otherwise.
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    Re: G-Shocks as an investment?

    I choose to think watches for the most part are pure hobby material, especially with the these casio designs that dictate fashion and functionality flow of any generation.
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    Re: G-Shocks as an investment?

    I had 2 1980's vintage 5600 models (black and yellow) that I put up for sale on eBay via auction a few years back. They sold quickly. The yellow one sold for about 4x my original purchase price and the black one, for around 3x.

    I was amazed, but was just lucky. I would not consider G Shocks an investment.

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