As a relative newcomer to the buying and selling of watches I thought it would be interesting to explore the do's and don'ts of buying, selling and trading. These would be things we should all think about to make the hobby more pleasant and safe. There are some obvious rules that I've extracted along the way, but I wonder if more experienced members have additional ideas. Here are my basics:
(1) Always represent your watch as accurately as possible. Describe any flaws truthfully.
(2) Take honest photos that try to depict any flaws. The more photos the better. Put photos in your ad, rather than linking to external sources like Photobucket.
(3) No photoshopping or retouching of photos. No attempts to hide or disguise flaws in your watch.
(3) Be realistic and fair in setting your price. Always state the limits of your willingness to bargain on price.
(4) Reach clear agreement about shipping in advance.
(5) Ship promptly
(6) Keep a clear record of email, fax, or PM communication. Try to document the transaction fully.
(7) Pay and ship using methods that offer as much protection as possible against scams and misdelivery.
What am I missing in terms of common sense guidelines for smooth transactions?
On a related point, I have a question. What do people consider to be accetable ways to clean up a watch for presentation for sale? Is it considered OK to polish the watch to enhance its photogenic qualities? How about trying to buff out scratches, for instance in the lug or crystal? Or to photograph it on a different strap than is being offered for sale? What are the most effective yet honest ways to photograph the watch, for instance highly composed "arty" shots (on the fencepost, in the snow) vs. more natural shots - on the wrist, on the desk, etc. Are there specific things considered unacceptable in how you present a watch for sale?
This thread may go absolutely nowhere, but I found it interesting to ponder. Have at it, folks!