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    Question Does anybody have the same issues when buying a watch? Advice welcome!

    Hi forum!

    I recently moved to Zürich and over the last month I have visited over 15 watch stores (some independent, others part of larger chains) to help buy a watch for my brother's wedding.

    Overall, the experience has been dismal

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    Re: Does anybody have the same issues when buying a watch? Advice welcome!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gigatron View Post

    Overall, the experience has been dismal
    Wrong/no stock ?
    Surly staff ?
    What ?

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    Re: Does anybody have the same issues when buying a watch? Advice welcome!

    Maybe your problem is the old "I don't know what I want but when I see it I will know." There may be too many options out there for that approach, if that is your approach. You may need a better idea of what it is you are after.

    A friend of mine came over for help buying a watch. We spent 1.5 hrs looking at watch pictures on my computer and the internet. We were not even half way through the material I had gathered to show my friend. He was overdosed and had to get up and leave. I saw his wife the other day and asked if he bought anything yet. She said he was overwhelmed.

    Its probably a good start.
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    Re: Does anybody have the same issues when buying a watch? Advice welcome!

    Hi Gary, glad to know that I'm not the only one overwhelmed with finding the right watch.

    Do you use any tools (aside from this forum ;) to sort through the endless choice?

    Thanks!

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    Hi watchma, a combination of multiple factors. Sometimes, the store did not have the model I was looking for. Alternatively, the assistant would give me a fast pitch on the watch but was incapable of answering basic technical questions. Overall, the buying experience was definitely far from great - and this is what I would expect when buying such a highly priced item.

    What's your experience?

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    Wow, if you can't find a watch in Zürich, the rest of us are toast!
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    Too many watches, only two wrists and never enough time...

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    Re: Does anybody have the same issues when buying a watch? Advice welcome!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gigatron View Post
    Hi forum!

    I recently moved to Zürich and over the last month I have visited over 15 watch stores (some independent, others part of larger chains) to help buy a watch for my brother's wedding.

    Overall, the experience has been dismal
    Sounds like your visiting the wrong shops.

    We have all done it no need to worry about it just dont buy from those shops.
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    Re: Does anybody have the same issues when buying a watch? Advice welcome!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gigatron View Post
    Sometimes, the store did not have the model I was looking for.
    Yeah, well they can't always stock everything from the manufacturers they stock. better to seek out the retailer first by phone to check stock and whether they can get one in for you to look at before travelling.
    (The bonus is you get to see how the store CS is via the phone, no good there, it's not gonna be much better in person so you can then choose to avoid travelling, or think it's worth a visit.
    Same with most products unfortunately.



    Alternatively, the assistant would give me a fast pitch on the watch but was incapable of answering basic technical questions.
    Pay peanuts - get monkeys

    I find it very frustrating that sales staff can't bone up on the very basics of product knowledge of the products they sell!!
    again happens with most sales staff in my experience unfortunately
    Last edited by watchma; January 3rd, 2013 at 17:51.

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    Re: Does anybody have the same issues when buying a watch? Advice welcome!

    Tell me about it.

    By the way, great quote in your signature.

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    Re: Does anybody have the same issues when buying a watch? Advice welcome!

    True. I guess it's trial and error ... like everything else.

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