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Shop Spotlight: Five Critical Things To Do Before Buying A Watch Online

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Buying a luxury watch online has never been easier – but with convenience comes risk.

Know Your Seller

If you’re not buying from the Hodinkee Shop, Crown and Caliber, or another authorized online vendor, always be careful with private sellers on open forums, eBay, or other online marketplaces.  Look out for sellers not being who they claim to be or sellers that misrepresent the product itself. Check reviews on their reputation for being ethical, fair, and easy to work with.

Always Read The Fine Print

Ask the seller what their terms and conditions are for returns and exchanges, reputable sellers will guarantee the authenticity of the piece.

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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words (And Thousands Of Dollars)

Request photos of the watch beyond the listing. Wrist shots, pictures of the caseback, and even the clasp can tell you so much. Additionally, if you’re buying a watch from a reseller, they should be willing and able to provide close-ups of any wear and tear the piece may have sustained throughout its lifetime. You can also request images of formal documentation around any provenance, history, or the precious metals & gemstones a piece may have.

Understand How The Watch Will Get To You

Confirm the seller is providing insurance coverage for the time-piece during shipping and handling and that the watch is packaged carefully for safe delivery. Hodinkee Insurance recommends using a reputable common carrier who always provides a tracking number and requests a signature for delivery. Valuable purchases should be shipped with a professional jewelry shipping company.

For more in-depth discussion of the five critical things that you should do before buying jewelry online, please see the original article published by Chubb.

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