What are the advantages of online watch marketplaces?

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    What are the advantages of online watch marketplaces?

    I've been looking at various watch marketplaces online recently, normally I just deal directly with dealers. Does anyone use one in particular and what's the experience like?

    I'm thinking of sites like

    www.chrono24.com
    www.globalwatchmarket.com
    www.thewatchbook.com - not so great
    http://www.my-watch-for-sale.com/

    I know people that use the first two, any recommendations for similar sites?

    My main concern is possible fraud, has anyone had a bad experience on a site like this?

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    Until others, braver than me, use these and I find their posts of positive experiences, I'll stick to eBay and the real world.
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    Re: What are the advantages of online watch marketplaces?

    I'm too scared to purchase online because you never know if it is real. So i've always used an AD.

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    Re: What are the advantages of online watch marketplaces?

    I've never purchased from an AD, it is all gray market, ebay, and sales forums. Never a problem. Always look for references and check the BBB.


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    Re: What are the advantages of online watch marketplaces?

    I've bought from World of watches.com and Bluedial, no problems.

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    Re: What are the advantages of online watch marketplaces?

    Quote Originally Posted by V8 View Post
    I've never purchased from an AD, it is all gray market, ebay, and sales forums. Never a problem. Always look for references and check the BBB.
    +1

    let me also add reto at pmwf.com if you are considering buying a seiko or citizen. I don't think he qualifies as an online watch retailer, but he has a nice collection of new and nos watches and is a pleasure to deal with, i've purchased several from him.

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    I use Amazon.com to buy alot of things. I purchased my Seiko OM on it just over a month ago, couldnt be more pleased. However I probably would never buy anything worth more than $500 just incase something went terribly wrong, maybe $1000 if I was well to do. Lets put it this way I wouldnt go buying an OMEGA or Breitling from an online source, unless it was coming directly from another WIS.

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    I would buy it off the back of a burning pickup truck as long as it came from a reputable seller.

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    Re: What are the advantages of online watch marketplaces?

    Quote Originally Posted by rjrjrj View Post
    i would buy it off the back of a burning pickup truck as long as it came from a reputable seller.

    +1
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    Re: What are the advantages of online watch marketplaces?

    all good experiences so far, ebay, snbc, main ad on ebay AD sponsored gray market .com sites and WUS.

    only return one watch from SNBC because I did not wanted to keep it, got a refund without any problem, only cost me a shipping charges.

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