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    Question about AD purchases

    Hi all, I have very limited experience with AD's, so this may be considered a stupid question by some of you, but here it goes. If an AD only has one piece of a certain model available, and it's the one on display, can they sell it at full price even though it has been handled or tried on by dozens/hundreds of people? To me, as far as I understand, brand new means all protective stickers should be on the watch when I purchase it, so they would have to have additional, fully stickered pieces in their inventory, or am I wrong?
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    Re: Question about AD purchases

    I think an AD has a reasonable expectation that display models will sell eventually. I have learned to really give them a close examination and if I see any issues, I will use that to negotiate the purchase price. Some retailers will not even discuss any discounts on popular models and in those cases you can usually find other dealers to buy from.
    It really depends on your preference and what you are willing to endure in a new watch. Jmho.
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    Re: Question about AD purchases

    Quote Originally Posted by rjstuf001 View Post
    If an AD only has one piece of a certain model available, and it's the one on display, can they sell it at full price even though it has been handled or tried on by dozens/hundreds of people?
    I don't see why not. It doesn't mean anyone has to pay full price, but I'd think often they would find a buyer. (Assuming there wasn't anything visibly wrong with it; Scratches and dings would be another matter for most buyers I'd think.) Of course, negotiations can always take place, and maybe it being a demo would be a way to negotiate lower.

    Quote Originally Posted by rjstuf001 View Post
    To me, as far as I understand, brand new means all protective stickers should be on the watch when I purchase it, so they would have to have additional, fully stickered pieces in their inventory, or am I wrong?
    I doubt they'd have to. I know I've bought other non-watch items where the display was the only one left and no discount was offered. I don't see why watches would be any different (though I have very little experience at AD's myself).

    Maybe some higher end brands require dealers to have "demo" models or something? But I can't imagine a dealer having that much stock sitting around to be sold without being able to get reasonable value for it.
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    Re: Question about AD purchases

    Unless you're in a rush, just ask them to order one from the factory.
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    Re: Question about AD purchases

    I imagine that most ADs expect to sell the display models that they have, and that's why they are often kept wrapped in cling film in order to keep them in good condition. If you really want a factory fresh watch, you might try to ask the AD to order you a new one, but chances are they'll be more motivated to sell the one they already have in stock, and you might be in a position to negotiate a better price if the condition is less than immaculate. If it is a very popular model with a high turnover, then it'll be easier to convince an AD to order a new one for you, but you need to be prepared for a wait.


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    Re: Question about AD purchases

    Why are you buying from an AD?

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    Re: Question about AD purchases

    Thanks to all who gave *constructive* feedback.

    I asked the question not because I'm arguing one way or the other, but because I had no idea whether display models were considered brand new or "open box" type items. If I'm buying from an AD I'd rather get a fully-stickered piece, I can't stand the idea of buying a brand new watch knowing it's been handled by dozens of passersby with varying degrees of hand hygiene. If the display model is their last one, I'll just order and wait a few weeks/months.
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    Re: Question about AD purchases

    Quote Originally Posted by rjstuf001 View Post
    Thanks to all who gave *constructive* feedback.

    I asked the question not because I'm arguing one way or the other, but because I had no idea whether display models were considered brand new or "open box" type items. If I'm buying from an AD I'd rather get a fully-stickered piece, I can't stand the idea of buying a brand new watch knowing it's been handled by dozens of passersby with varying degrees of hand hygiene. If the display model is their last one, I'll just order and wait a few weeks/months.
    I feel the exact same way and either insist they order a new one or I confirm with the brand that the one I'm buying had just recently been shipped. If the AD is willing to only sell the piece that has been on display for a long period, I can find another AD willing to accept my terms. I respect every AD's right to sell as they deem fit, but I will only buy from those who accept my terms. And I've always succeeded.

    The answer to your original question is 'yes', but I just won't be that buyer. It seems like a reasonable question to me though.

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    Question about AD purchases

    It's the ADs right to sell display pieces as new. It's your right to buy from someone else to ensure you don't buy one.

    I see no problem with either position

    Personally, as long as the watch is not significantly damaged, I'd rather take the display piece as leverage for a lower price. But if there was no lower price offered id probably walk


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    Re: Question about AD purchases

    OP...You do whatever you want...I once refused a car because they glued the dealers badge thing
    on a new car I purchased...They got upset and asked why...I told them it didn't come from the factory with that on
    the trunk....So they ordered me a new car. Same thing with watches, your money or no money...
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