Originally Posted by ChicagoRon
Depends on the item. A luxury watch (or any luxury item, I suppose) this is true. But I would not underestimate the value of crowdsourced information ala Amazon reviews for other, more commodity-type items.
It does depend on the item of course. Do I really care to go into a department store to buy more car wash soap, when I can get a better value (price/quantity) on line...no. As for Amazon, reviews can be helpful and I'II buy some things through them. However, I still like to go to a bookstore and buy a magazine I don't need a subscription to, or I may pick up a book that's on sale, read a little and if its of interest I might buy that too.
Originally Posted by in stitches
regarding the bold: it. just. feels. good. its a great feeling going into a store that you like, talking to a SA or owner that appreciates the goods the way you do, schmoozing, looking at other stuff, being treated well.... the whole thing. even when i dont buy i always walk out feeling in a better mood. brings a smile to my face each time.
It can be fun. In addition, sometimes if you build a good relationship with a SA, if they know you want a difficult to obtain watch and they get one in, they will call you.
Originally Posted by rnguy001
My preferred route is to go with an AD that I've come to trust, and offers me excellent service and yes, good prices. In exchange the AD gets my loyalty and referrals, so it's a win win. As many of you know, with many watches - even a few percentage points in discounts can mean sizable savings (which can be used for other more important things..)
+1 For many years I had great contacts with a few ADs. I got great service and great deals, sent them lots of referrals (who also got service/deals) and I also got free tix to lots of events they sponsored. Overall it worked out nicely for everyone.