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    Sometimes it's not about the watch

    So i just received my GW5000 today and received a lot of aloha with it. Recently Sjors and i gave a little jib-jab about my living in Hawaii on a WRUW thread. I ended with "plusses and minuses" and obviously there are a lot of plusses. I just wanted to share because it made for a really nice experience.

    I purchased the watch from po-jpngreen (no affiliation) on Friday 11/30 (he's in Japan). As i'm sure you're aware there is a dateline between the two of us, which makes everything more amazing to me. Friendly message (through ebay, where i found him) got to me Saturday acknowledging receipt of funds and he would get it out quickly.

    One of the obvious drawback about living out here is customs. Sometimes it goes through New York, sometimes LA, and if I'm lucky Honolulu. You can see huge variations in ETA right there.

    In any case the stars aligned, and i think the postman ate his/her wheaties because somehow i received the watch today, Tuesday 12/4! I don't get mail from California that fast sometimes!

    So I opened the box at work and what did I find?

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    No, I didn't open the watch first (I surprise myself sometimes)! Actually little knick knacks and such can be fun, so what the heck.

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    Green Tea, chocolate, etc. And a card?

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    Nice! Definitely unexpected!

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    Awesome! That is a lot effort going on right there! So appreciated! No, we do not know what he wrote in Hawaiian other than "with aloha", but sweet none the less.

    I'm not saying this one seller is going to give you the same treatment he gave me, but been reading a few "bah humbug" stories about various sellers i felt the need to celebrate a good experience. Remember those that treat you well and try to go back to them as the opportunities arise.

    I know, I know, wrist shot or it didn't happen.

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    Merry Christmas to me. :D
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    Re: Sometimes it's not about the watch

    great story!
    As you say sometimes. it's not about the watch...
    but also: without a story, it's just a watch...
    thanks for taking the time to tell it in words and pictures!
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    Re: Sometimes it's not about the watch

    Great story and what a service, have to say, it's quite rare to have such treatment these days, props to the seller

    Enjoy the watch (and the chocolate)
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    Re: Sometimes it's not about the watch

    This is a very moving story. It is all about the human touch we are all forgetting about. This is an example of life after hitting the 'Buy Now' button.
    I've also read about some hobby shop posting sweets with their order, can't remember where though.
    I belive we should all add that little spark no matter how small...
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    Re: Sometimes it's not about the watch

    Awesome!
    Sometimes you find people like that, and then like magic the purchase becomes SO MUCH MORE enjoyable.
    Congrats on a great piece!
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    Re: Sometimes it's not about the watch

    Amazing story...glad to see there are still some genuinely good hearted people out there!
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    Re: Sometimes it's not about the watch

    Nice one. It's those extra touches that make those purchases special.

    I recently bought some stuff off an ebayer who it turns out had fitted a new kitchen into what had once been my Grandmother's old house - on the other side of the UK from where I now live.
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    Re: Sometimes it's not about the watch

    Nice story, I really like when sellers make a little extra effort beyond just shipping quickly and packing well. I have gotten similar notes of thanks from Japanese sellers, sometimes with stickers or other little gifts inside.
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    Re: Sometimes it's not about the watch

    Thanks for posting and congrats on the GW5000. I can see sending chocolates in the summer time ending poorly!
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    Re: Sometimes it's not about the watch

    Quote Originally Posted by kung-fusion View Post
    I have gotten similar notes of thanks from Japanese sellers, sometimes with stickers or other little gifts inside.
    Not with watches (IIRC, don't think I ever bought a watch from Japan yet), but I also had similar experiences with other stuff. An interesting trait of the culture .
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