I feel like I need to vent a bit in here..
So as you all know, Black Friday was last weekend and as so many shops do, Frederique Constant was also having a Black Friday Sale. I specifically signed up to their Newsletter in order to get notice of their deals.
Come friday, I get an e-mail pop in - the title being "80% of stock already sold out!" - reading the e-mail:
"Only 6 hours left to take advantage of our biggest sale ever. Hurry while supply lasts!"
I found an offer for the "Classics Index" (FC-303S5B6) - On the landing page of their Black Friday sale, I saw that it said "ONLY 4 LEFT!". The price was shown as reduced from €995 to €595 - with complimentary straps - a pretty good deal I guess.
Now here's where things get sketchy:
1) I check out the watch on the other part of their website (The non-black friday promotion page) and it's actually not €995, it's only €850.
2) I talk to my friend, because he was also considering getting this exact model, on his computer, the price is listed as €540 (currency converted), but without a BUY button. I thought he was being a novice PC user at first, but turns out he really was not able to buy it from his location (Denmark). No info about this anywhere though.
3) 2 hours pass, now the stock availability says only 2 left. Another hour pass, it now says only 1 left. I am really considering pulling the trigger, but I don't. I have a bad feeling and honestly the sale wasn't that special. You can get the watch for the same price on grey market.
4) I check back later in the evening (WAY past the "Only 6 hours left of the sale") - and what do you know, suddenly the stock says 3 pieces left again.
5) Their sale continues to run the entire weekend and is even extended into Monday - Stock list continues to go up and down between 1 and 4 pieces left the entire time.
Now I'm no idiot, I know that dishonest companies use this marketing technique to force sales by putting pressure on the buyer to make a quick decision - In fact, I EXPECT it from certain stores. But I definitely DO NOT expect it from someone that wants to consider them being a serious watch-manufacturer. My god, how pathetic.
If I didn't believe Frederique Constant was to be considered a low-end brand before, I certainly do now. Just imagine them offering a "Limited Edition" watch. You'll have 500 people walking around with the same "No. 5 of 25" engraving on the back.
I just lost any respect (and trust) I had for that brand after this.
Furthermore, last Friday I got in touch with their Customer Service to hear if they had any sort of explanation, the person I talked to said she would forward it internally - I have not heard anything back from anyone yet, I also highly doubt I will. Well perhaps after this post goes up, who knows.