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    Educate a "newbie"

    Recently, I saw an ad for a watch for sale in another forum. The ad was worded as follows:

    The below items are required in all sales/trade posts.
    Condition (TZ Scale): 95% +
    Sale/Trade Price: USD 180
    Payment Method(s): Paypal or Fair Trades
    Email Address: <removed>
    Photo(s): <removed>

    Column wheel HW movt. 36mm across ex. crown. Comes with the original NATO style OD strap plus I'll throw in an extra leather strap or 2. Strap shown will NOT be included in sale/trade.
    I sent an e-mail to the poster, worded as follows:

    Hi <removed>,

    I'm interested in your watch. Is it still available? If so, could you answer
    a few questions?

    1. How long have you had it?
    2. Are you going to include everything that originally came with the watch?
    3. Where/how did you get it?
    4. Are there any problems with the watch? e.g. does the second hand always reset
    to zero?
    5. How well does it keep time?
    6. Does it have the solid caseback?

    Thanks,
    <removed>
    I got the following response:

    Hi <removed>,

    You must be a newbie to ask questions like that. Since there's quite a lot of interest in the watch I'm going to pass on your questions.

    All the best,
    <removed>

    I'm a bit baffled. Which of my questions were unreasonable and/or made me seem like a newbie?

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    Re: Educate a "newbie"

    Quote Originally Posted by ivypandas View Post
    I'm a bit baffled. Which of my questions were unreasonable and/or made me seem like a newbie?
    Personally, your questions 1 & 3 are irrelevant. If you had sent me questions like that, i'd respond and keep my thoughts to myself, but that's because i'm a friendly Aussie .

    Buy the seller, not the watch - the Watch sales forum has blown up this week, plenty more fish in the sea.

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    Re: Educate a "newbie"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozy View Post
    Personally, your questions 1 & 3 are irrelevant. If you had sent me questions like that, i'd respond and keep my thoughts to myself
    +1 I get those questions sometimes on a $20 strap I'm selling
    Last edited by hansomegq67; April 13th, 2010 at 15:48. Reason: Revised comment with apology towards anyone offended.



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    Re: Educate a "newbie"

    Thanks for the comments. Maybe I should have been more direct. The reasoning behind questions 1 & 3 was to determine if the watch was still under warranty. I know Omega watch warranties are transferable, but most are not. This watch wasn't an Omega.

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    Re: Educate a "newbie"

    What wrong with asking a bunch of questions to clear up any discrepancies and if he didn't answer any at all, then it means he's probably hiding something~Cheers!

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    Re: Educate a "newbie"

    I think it's your right as a buyer to ask such questions. However, as a seller, this guy has the right to ignore your questions and make an easy sale to someone willing to accept the watch point-blank. I do think name-calling is a bit childish though.
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    Re: Educate a "newbie"

    Everybody has reasons for doing what they do. It's not the only one of those watches in the world, so move on to the next one with a seller who's more patient or willing to answer your questions.

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    Re: Educate a "newbie"

    As the saying goes - there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers.
    Even if you are a newbie, you should have been treated well.

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    Re: Educate a "newbie"

    It's your money and you should ask any and every question you want.

    The reply you received was rude and you are much better off having not done business with that moron . If he doesnt want to answer every question fine, there is a way to answer only what he wants in a quick and courteous way.

    His smug attitude reveals a bit of his character I suspect. I would say you have dodged a bullet here.

    But the seller, not the watch.
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    Re: Educate a "newbie"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozy View Post
    Personally, your questions 1 & 3 are irrelevant. If you had sent me questions like that, i'd respond and keep my thoughts to myself, but that's because i'm a friendly Aussie .

    Buy the seller, not the watch - the Watch sales forum has blown up this week, plenty more fish in the sea.
    I think 1 & 3 may be better worded as to:
    1. Was the watch acquired from an AD
    2. Are you the original owner of the watch.
    3. Do you know how old the watch is. (or you may ask, is the watch still under warranty)
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