no doubt. thats why i said, in my experience, im sure other people have experienced different.
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I think the problem, in a sense, is that there is a disparity in price and value. I think I would be more willing to pay MSRP if I did not feel like the watch companies were price gouging me. When I buy a pair of shoes, I honestly feel like I am getting my money's worth. I don't know why I feel that, but I just do. $400 on a pair of Carminas feels like money well spent. I am not exactly sure what I am trying to say here, but I think that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way that the system is currently set up. When I pay for something, I want to feel that I am paying for the worth of what I am receiving. With all of the price increases (twice per year!), it is difficult to see where your money is going. Is it going to R&D? Advertising? It is a very frustrating endeavor. If I purchased a watch from Dufour, Voutilainen, or some of the other Indy's, I would not ask for a discount. With them, I feel like the price is correlated to a MUCH greater extent with what I am receiving. But when I look at an IWC Mark VII, I really do not understand why I am paying nearly double to what I would have paid 5-10 years ago, for almost the exact same watch.
And the discounting only exacerbates that. If I know I can receive 20 percent off of a $5,000 watch, is its price actually $5,000? Or is the price $4,000? Or is the price actually what the AD purchased it for?
I think the watch brands need to enact pricing structures that more accurately reflect the value. However, I am not sure how they are going to do that.
for the most part, i think there is a lot of truth in here, on the other hand, there are increased costs of business, that is just the way it is. increased wages, increased shipping, insurance, freight charges, increased costs to make fancy boxes and bags, new rates from your ad agency, new rates from places you print/host ads..... that all gets passed along to the consumer.
as well, as long as they feel they can get more, they will try and get it. and as long as people will pay, well then i guess to a degree that is what its worth. however, i do agree that the huge variance in price based on what different ADs will discount, does make the value question more confusing. generally, it just boils down to someone wanting to make a sale.