Originally Posted by jbarwick
Interesting reads on some SAs.
Frills or anyone: Do you have to pay import tax when bringing that BLNR back into the states? I get confused on declarations and such when not in one of the usual 50 states.
Originally Posted by Dino944
I believe you have to declare the items when you come back to the states.
Yes, you have to declare items you purchased when you leave St Thomas to go back to the mainland. You're allowed up to $1,600 of duty-free purchases per person (so for a family of four that's $6,400). The jewelers I spoke to said "the customs agents usually don't give you a hard time" but I don't really know what that means: if I got the BLNR for $8,550 would they charge me for part of it that's above the $8,200 I was allowed (there were five of us in the family traveling at the time)? Will they just wave me through?
Originally Posted by in stitches
BUY IT NOW!!! if not for you, for me!
Alas, no BLNR for me this time around. It was a lovely piece, tried it on the wrist. The blue/black bezel really pops. But - believe it or not - I exercised some decent willpower not just for myself but also for the wife: I've been thinking of getting her either an Everose Daytona and had her try on an all-platinum 218206 Day-Date. Jayzus what heft! And check out the discount: US retail price of about $60,000... offered by AH Riise at just slightly above $50,000. I mean, that's a larger discount than the asking price from some gray dealers I've seen around!
But - not for us this time around. Enjoying the current collection and no real deep hankering that's driven me to get a next piece. We did, however, buy some earrings for our daughters (and OK, my wife got some earrings herself hehe).
Nuke - adding to everyone else's comments around here: that's unacceptable behavior. Horrible. The SAs I spoke to in St Thomas were all very kind and professional, even though I walked in wearing a shirt, shorts and flip flops, sweating profusely from the heat and humidity. Sorry, stitchy, I didn't bring any G&Gs or Corthays with me on this trip, although I might have looked slightly odd wearing them with flip flops.
Of course the Rolex/AH Riise SA did immediately notice my 5711. So hard to discount behavior based on that. However, I suspect SAs in the Caribbean ought to be used to tourists walking in dressed really casually - can't really tell how much they'd spend based on how they're dressed!
On another note, my almost-four year old likes Dad's watches and shoes. The bracelet may need to be resized somewhat but I dare say she can carry off the 5711 in this pic. The boat shoes are a little bit big though.