youd be surprised. i know of people that woud just call in their patek orders to their AD hoping they had them, and have it charged to their house account. this is the same, just factory direct. i know its odd, but some people just prefer it that way. they find it easier, and the size of the purchase is not important to them. not my bag, but to each their own.
admittedly i dont know a lot about those types of events, i was referring to the larger less exclusive ones. then again, the type of person who makes his purchases that way, may very well not be interested in these events either.
who knows, i just know some people like to purchase that way.
Nah...not really surprised. I know people that buy almost everything online. As for phone orders with an AD I've done that before, particularly if its something thats in high demand/difficult to get, or out of production, then AD or boutique often will not have it in stock if you just show up. Also, by doing a phone order with my AD for a VC, I got the item I was searching for, and got a discount that saved me enough to essentially give me a free Submariner. If I had bought it online at full price (not that VC does online sales)...well maybe someone else would be wearing my Sub . To some people the savings would be irrelevant, but I'll gladly take a free watch! Whatever floats your boat.