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Just picked up this vintage Bulova off of ebay:

 

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Zaphod Beeblebrox could probably pull that one off.
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Might need to go up a couple of collar sizes...

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Might need to go up a couple of collar sizes...

Nothing a good tailor can't fix. We trace our lineage to the best tailors and telephone sanitizers, after all.
post #5465 of 6369
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Originally Posted by flvinny521 View Post

I need some advice.  I have a $500 credit to Jared and I'd like to use it towards a watch. I currently have a SARB033 on black leather, and a Tissot Visodate white face on brown leather. I'm thinking about this Hamilton, although I'm not a fan of the bracelet. Anybody have recommendations for a replacement that would be suitable for a daily driver, casual watch? Here are some (1) other (2) options (3) that I also like. Anybody have any thoughts?

I"ve had some further thoughts on this matter. If they will give you a price match fine. done with.
If your credit is transferable, put it on eBAY with a starting price of $400 or sell it on Raise for $475 again done with
Now if they refuse to price match let me tell you a story.

A few years ago Tracknet put out a policy that only people that bet $1,000,000 or more could get a rebate. There was one little Internet site in North Dakota that was giving moderate horse players rebates. I started an online petition protesting this & eventualy got 30,000 signatures. I got this read at the Jockey Club & the JC head came out on the players side. I even made this & posted it on youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zItx-8T0Wng
In one week their stock fell 5 points. Today you can get rebates.

Several years ago I bought a pair of rubber boots from a big name brand. I wore them a couple of times for two winters & on the third winter one day it was snowing and I put them on only to see that the rubber had cracked in several places. I took them to my local shoe repairman & he said they were unfixable. I called CS & they told me to mail them back. I did and got them back with a letter saying that they were past the warenty date. I got pissed.
I called CS & the conversation went like tthis "Hi I'm Judy How may I assist you" I told her the story & then said "Judy please take this down My name is Richard Young & my Phone # is 555-XXX-XXX did you get that? Well Judy it's now 9:10am where I am & at 11 am I'm going to take pictures of the boots & at 12 noon I'm going to put those pics and a copy of your letter on Yelp and every Men's Fashion site I can find. From noon on it will be my mission in life to show the entire Internet world just how poor your prodocts & CS is. I may be flattering myself, but I was part of a generation that caused a sitting president not to run & I think It's within my ability to cut your Thanksgiving sales by at least 10%-got my number Judy-she said yes I said it's now 9;15 am my time thanks & have a good day" At 9;30 am the phone rang and it was Judy & she said "Will you take a $300 (cost of boots" credit to which I replided yes" & they emiled me a $300 credit.

If you've asked for price matching and bee declined and for some reason you can't transfer the credit may I suggest

Cut & paste the Jered Pic of watch discription & price. Then cut and past the 5 other site pic of same watch at lower price, Top of page big letters Boycott Jereds Rip off
then the pics & prices
then at bottom
big letters UNAMERICAN PRICE GOUGING

Email this to head of corp & local store infroming them this will go on every site posiblle on Tuesday. On Saturday these will be ditributated in front of the store for the entire weekend till the end of June. Inform them also of your intention of notifiying the BBB & your intention of filing suit in small claims court on the basis of price gouging & your intention of notifing the local media of these events. Also your intentinon of creating a youtube vidio showing a man being wared off buying at Jareds when he could buy the same thing for 1/2 the price down the street. Re your legal basis for suing may be a bit slim, but as they say "you can sue a ham sandwich"
I have the feeling that if you do as I've suggested, you'll get your price match. You'll also have some fun in the process.

best of luck
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^ Disgusting.
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Yeah, I'm not sure failing to be the biggest discounter is a crime.  Or that giving someone a $500 store credit should mean they have to get a store credit AND a discount.  Business is business, and we shop where we like, don't we?

 

I like the story about the betting though.  But then bookies deserve what they get.

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My point is that the store is selling things at almost twice the price of it's competitors. The OP has a gift card or store credit. My suggestions to the OP were options to get what he wanted, a particular watch at a fair price or turning the gift card or credit into cash. If the store is reasonable they should either price match or refund the credit for cash. If the store is unreasonable, then the OP might want to view my suggestions on dealing with companies that one views as unfair.
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My point is that the store is selling things at almost twice the price of it's competitors.

That's the store's business. They know what they need to sell for to cover their costs and return a profit worthy of their time and investment, not you. Maybe other stores can do it more efficiently, or maybe they are running at a loss. The market will decide who stays in business and who doesn't, not you.
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The OP has a gift card or store credit.

Which means that he or someone connected to him has already chosen to spend their money with this retailer, with full information about their pricing available.
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My suggestions to the OP were options to get what he wanted, a particular watch at a fair price or turning the gift card or credit into cash.

What about what the retailer wants? Purchasing a product is a two-way transaction. Both parties have rights and obligations. The buyer has already spent the money with full knowledge of the seller's prices. Just because he wants a discount or to turn his voucher into cash (neither of which he has stated - you made this up, you have no idea what he actually wants) doesn't mean he should get it. In this situation, neither outcome would be fair to the seller, unless they operate a price match or credit refund policy on which the buyer relied when he spent his money.

Furthermore, you don't get to decide the "fair price". The market decides that.
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Originally Posted by Godot View Post

If the store is reasonable they should either price match or refund the credit for cash. If the store is unreasonable, then the OP might want to view my suggestions on dealing with companies that one views as unfair.

Why should the store do either of those things, unless they operate a price match or store credit refund policy? You are basically saying that a store is unreasonable unless it rips up its standard business practices to satisfy demands that a customer is not entitled to make. You seem to believe that the customer is literally "always right". Who is being unreasonable here?

Your suggestions are utterly egregious and potentially libellous against the retailer. They are the least stylish comments I have seen on Styleforum.
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If two stores are selling the same product and one is selling at at twice the price, I have every right to point this out to those who might be interested in said object.

It could even be seen as my Cristian duty smile.gif
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If two stores are selling the same product and one is selling at at twice the price, I have every right to point this out to those who might be interested in said object.

It could even be seen as my Cristian duty smile.gif

Nobody has objected to that.

I have objected to your suggestion of attempting to blackmail a retailer into discounting his products or refunding a presumably fairly issued store credit.

The buyer is free to purchase a watch from the cheaper retailers you have mentioned. He is not entitled to force their prices onto the retailer with whom he holds the credit note (unless that retailer has a stated policy that allows him to do so). Nor is he entitled to force the retailer to change the terms of his store credits. Advocating blackmail and libel to achieve either outcome is, I repeat, utterly egregious.

Furthermore, you have no basis for claiming that one deal is better than another. Perhaps the more expensive deal comes with better advice, better service, greater convenience for the buyer, and so on. It may be a better product overall, which is why it costs more. Retailers can differentiate themselves on more than just price. The market will decide, not you.

I should add that I am not a retailer. I am a fellow customer, and you sound like the sort of customer that gives customers a bad name. Most of us want to have productive two-way relationships with our sellers. You seem to want to cheat yours.
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Anybody else think Godot is going to get a 90 ft wall built along the Mexican border and he's going to get Mexico to pay for it?

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Sorry I don't see it as blackmail. The retailer has a choice. No one is putting a gun to his head to do anything. Pointing out to others that he is charging much more than other retailers isn't libelous if it's true.
Between now and the end of June this retailer is going to be selling a lot of wedding and engagement rings to mostly young people starting off. If the watch prices are any indication of his other prices, a lot of naive young people are going to be making a large purchase at maybe twice the price they could purchase the same thing elsewhere. I know business is business but there is something about that that rubs me the wrong way. That couple could use the price difference to help pay off their student loans or maybe towards a house payment. It's one thing to overcharge very wealthy women for some piece of jewelry & it's quite another to take advantage of the young and unsophisticated buyers.
The OP is a good example. He seems like a young man buying his first "good watch". We have all been there. IMO this guy should get the best bang for his buck. They can price match and still make some profit. They can give him $500 in cash for his credit. No loss. They can allow him to transfer the credit, so he can sell it. Would cost them nothing. I'm suggesting that the retailer do the right thing. If they refuse, then I've offered some suggestions to perhaps change their mind.
Should I offend anyone with my views, then so be it,.

RE The Wall: I'm a Cruz or Lose guy
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Originally Posted by Godot View Post

Cut & paste the Jered Pic of watch discription & price. Then cut and past the 5 other site pic of same watch at lower price, Top of page big letters Boycott Jereds Rip off
then the pics & prices
then at bottom
big letters UNAMERICAN PRICE GOUGING

Email this to head of corp & local store infroming them this will go on every site posiblle on Tuesday. On Saturday these will be ditributated in front of the store for the entire weekend till the end of June. Inform them also of your intention of notifiying the BBB & your intention of filing suit in small claims court on the basis of price gouging & your intention of notifing the local media of these events. Also your intentinon of creating a youtube vidio showing a man being wared off buying at Jareds when he could buy the same thing for 1/2 the price down the street. Re your legal basis for suing may be a bit slim, but as they say "you can sue a ham sandwich"

You have advised:

Blackmail;
Libel (the retailer is not price gouging); and
Unfounded nuisance lawsuits (by your own admission).

And, frankly more important than any of these, you have advised generally outrageous, ridiculous, reprehensible, spoilt, shameful and, above all, ungentlemanly behaviour.

And all of this to force unfair terms on a retailer who has done absolutely nothing wrong.

Your concern for our our young buyer just starting out in the world is touching, but your advice is obscene. If you think standing outside a store distributing leaflets until June is (a) how he should conduct himself in life and (b) a better use of his time, energy and resources than spending already-paid dollars on a watch, then you are a first-rate buffoon.

You are the kind of customer that no retailer wants, as evidenced by your proud boast of blackmailing another seller to refund three-year-old worn boots.

I shan't comment further on this matter for fear of derailing this thread, which is supposed to be about watches.

Good night, sir.
post #5475 of 6369
Does this guy realize that blackmail also doesn't involve a literal gun to anyone's head?
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