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Advice to sellers

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I am building a CW collection through the secondary market. Why secondary? I am in the US and it: a) eliminates the customs bump (and sometimes the sales tax bump); and b) I can be assured my new watch is "in stock" without pre-order uncertainty. Anyway, my observation is that too many CW sellers post too many pictures of the boxing and not enough close-up pictures of the case and strap. This is really epidemic. On eBay, the thumbnail of listing after listing features a distant box picture with a tiny watch in the center. Give your buyer a closer look.
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You may well be right. For some (strange to me) reason, a lot of watch enthusiasts seem fixated on packaging.

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IMO outstanding sellers always include a photo montage that has:

- close up of the dial and bezel
- crown side case
- non crown side case
- the lugs
- bracelet/strap shots of entirety including the clasp/closure
- Underside of the watch lugs and case
- Box and papers picture separately
- close up of any marks/scratches/abrasions/damage

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^^^^ Excellent reminder and aide memoir Lance; just about what I aim to do when listing a watch. :thumbup: :thumbup:

Overall though, @DavidHRC's post reminds me of the simple rule of thumb;-

Buy the seller NOT the watch. :wink: :wink:

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Re: Advice to sellers

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Just put my Lympstone for sale on this forum and I second that, I tried to include several closeup shots in various angles. Helps quite a bit.
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Viognier wrote: Wed Sep 14, 2022 7:34 pm IMO outstanding sellers always include a photo montage that has:

- close up of the dial and bezel
- crown side case
- non crown side case
- the lugs
- bracelet/strap shots of entirety including the clasp/closure
- Underside of the watch lugs and case
- Box and papers picture separately
- close up of any marks/scratches/abrasions/damage

My $0.02
Excellent advice. And the "money" (featured) shot is the dial and bezel, not the box.
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Re: Advice to sellers

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Would a photo of the seller (incl their face) holding the watch help build confidence about the seller? Can’t imagine many scammers willing to put their face out there
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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Wed Sep 14, 2022 10:48 pm ^^^^ Excellent reminder and aide memoir Lance; just about what I aim to do when listing a watch. :thumbup: :thumbup:

Overall though, @DavidHRC's post reminds me of the simple rule of thumb;-

Buy the seller NOT the watch. :wink: :wink:

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And, if in doubt ASK: ask for specific photos, ask for specific information.

Equally importantly make sure you ask open questions designed to tease out what you really want to know so "please describe any marks on the case/clasp/crystal" rather than closed questions such as "are there any bad scratches?" which involve subjective answers (to me that's not a bad scratch) or simple yes/no replies.

Wait a minute though. As I type this I find myself thinking "second hand watch with stainless or titanium bracelet/case" and unless the seller says it's literally new-in-box and unworn we shouldn't be surprised that everything is not factory fresh finish.
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ttlpjh wrote: Mon Sep 19, 2022 8:57 am Would a photo of the seller (incl their face) holding the watch help build confidence about the seller? Can’t imagine many scammers willing to put their face out there
It might, but it could also create a precedent, whereby privacy would start to equal to 'having smth suspicious to hide': i dont wish to show my face, therefore I am a scammer.

I, for one, arent on any social media websites and sure as heck wouldnt show my face on a public forum. Am i a scammer? To top it up, this is a watch forum, with some of the users having really nice pieces in their collection. It might become a safety issue to publish your face to sell a CW when you also own a couple of high end pieces.

My 0.2c, though.