(I ran a quick search but didn't come up with anything general, only specific models from semi-specific ADs)
I am in the process of researching (almost decided), saving for (hoping Christmas puts me there) and buying my first automatic timepiece and I was wondering what are some tips from the veterans out there as to tricks for negotiating the best prices.
I know that typically stores will have various sales around the holidays as it is and more times than not while looking at watches the sales person will have a calculator on the counter rambling off a discounted price with whatever sale they are running. These totals have run in the 13-15% off range.
I also know through buying our wedding rings a little while back (or 3+ years back, time flies) that paying in cash usually brings with it a reduced price. We saved 10% (sales tax) by paying in cash for our engagement/wedding bands.
Of course being a known buyer at the store helps, though my family jeweler does not stock either of the two watches I am looking at. I have a buddy who is a regular buyer from his jeweler but this retailer I believe is limited to an AD of high end pieces and carries trade ins and some random pieces he can get his hands on so I dont know if this is an option for me.
Is there anything else out there I am not aware of?
Is there a good way to broach the topic or steer the conversation when I am at the retailer? Let them name the price and any direct discounts, then ask if they can do better, then once they counter ask about paying in cash?
Assuming neither of my current connections work out for the piece I decide on what is the best way to ensure the best deal is had on a piece?
Are their better deals to be had by shopping long distance with an AD? Of course this would rule out the ability to pay cash so the question is would their credit discount be better than a local stores cash discount?
I am going to be paying in cash and for reference in my particular case I am leaning heavily towards the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic 40mm on bracelet (H32515135) with the Tissot Le Locle Black Dial on bracelet (T41.1.483.53) still in the running.
Lastly, can someone please provide clarification on gray market stores. Are their any stores I should eliminate or consider like authenticwatches.com or jomashop.com, etc.? Are there any gray market stores that still will allow my watch to be covered until the manufacturers warranty?