How do you sell your watches?

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Re: How do you sell your watches?

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I've only sold a few watches, all on two forums, one watch - a CW unsurprisingly - from here. I don't use ebay to buy or sell watches.
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FloridaPhil wrote:Sell? A watch? Of mine? Whatever do you mean? ;-)
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Caller wrote:I've only sold a few watches, all on two forums, one watch - a CW I don't use ebay to buy or sell watches.
I could almost have written that (same two fora), except I use this forum a lot more.
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CBMVic20 wrote:Forgot to mention that on eBay, PayPal may hold your money for a few weeks in case the buyer is not happy and to also deter scammers. There doesn't seem to be a hard and fast rule for this, I've sold watches for £400 overseas and got the money straightaway and I've sold them for £800 domestically and the money was held for a week which is really annoying. It seems that if you sell something that goes over your usual receiving limit, alarm bells start ringing. Can understand this from a buyer perspective but it sure sucks as a seller.
This has happened to me on a few occasions and has done again yesterday when I sold my C7. To get them to release the funds earlier you have to mark the item as dispatched, use a tracking service and when the tracking shows it has been delivered then you ring PayPal and they'll release the funds.
It's a right pain.
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MiniMpi wrote:
CBMVic20 wrote:Forgot to mention that on eBay, PayPal may hold your money for a few weeks in case the buyer is not happy and to also deter scammers. There doesn't seem to be a hard and fast rule for this, I've sold watches for £400 overseas and got the money straightaway and I've sold them for £800 domestically and the money was held for a week which is really annoying. It seems that if you sell something that goes over your usual receiving limit, alarm bells start ringing. Can understand this from a buyer perspective but it sure sucks as a seller.
This has happened to me on a few occasions and has done again yesterday when I sold my C7. To get them to release the funds earlier you have to mark the item as dispatched, use a tracking service and when the tracking shows it has been delivered then you ring PayPal and they'll release the funds.
It's a right pain.
I wasn't aware they did that...that sucks. I've sold quite a lot on ebay over the years and never had this problem albeit have only sold a couple of relatively low value watches. There are a lot of chancers out there, that's why if I did sell a watch in the future I think I'd try the forum first...worth getting a slightly lower price knowing that a) you're not lining the pockets of ebay/paypal (how much UK taxes do they pay?), b) you're not going to be scammed and c) the watch is very likely going to a good home.
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I'm crossing fingers as I type this but I've been lucky with eBay. The first watch I sold there was a Tag Carrera which went for £1700 and there were no problems with the money going into my account straight away, despite it being by far the most expensive sale I'd made at that point. That was three years ago though, so things might have changed.

I also sold a number of watches on eBay last year, including a couple which ended up being sold via PM. Apart from one buyer who withdrew from a sale for what seemed like a genuinely good reason, there were no problems at all.

Fingers are still crossed for similar luck if/when I sell there again :)
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Quick update - I filled out an enquiry form for Watchfinder requesting a value for a possible part exchange toward a £3k watch (the CW I was looking to part exchange is mint, boxed, sales receipt, numbered cert etc etc.) the value I was looking for was 50% current retail and have just received a thanks, but not interested at the moment response.

It seems they are not feeling the love or they think my 50% of retail was ambitious...... :lol:
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Berty wrote:Quick update - I filled out an enquiry form for Watchfinder requesting a value for a possible part exchange toward a £3k watch (the CW I was looking to part exchange is mint, boxed, sales receipt, numbered cert etc etc.) the value I was looking for was 50% current retail and have just received a thanks, but not interested at the moment response.

It seems they are not feeling the love or they think my 50% of retail was ambitious...... :lol:
50% was waaaaaaaaay too ambitious! :)

A very similar outfit offered 70 quid for a c60gmt. I didn't know whether to laugh or hit him.



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Berty wrote:Quick update - I filled out an enquiry form for Watchfinder requesting a value for a possible part exchange toward a £3k watch (the CW I was looking to part exchange is mint, boxed, sales receipt, numbered cert etc etc.) the value I was looking for was 50% current retail and have just received a thanks, but not interested at the moment response.

It seems they are not feeling the love or they think my 50% of retail was ambitious...... :lol:
Just looking at a number of the larger online watch sellers - Watchfinder, Jura Watches - they do not stock any CW's which seems strange :? Jura for example classify brands as luxury, classic or fashion. You'd think CW would at least get into the classic category (contains Citizen, Luminox, Mondaine, Rotary etc). Maybe this is another reason CW going for the re-brand?
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Thegreyman wrote:
Berty wrote:Quick update - I filled out an enquiry form for Watchfinder requesting a value for a possible part exchange toward a £3k watch (the CW I was looking to part exchange is mint, boxed, sales receipt, numbered cert etc etc.) the value I was looking for was 50% current retail and have just received a thanks, but not interested at the moment response.

It seems they are not feeling the love or they think my 50% of retail was ambitious...... :lol:
Just looking at a number of the larger online watch sellers - Watchfinder, Jura Watches - they do not stock any CW's which seems strange :? Jura for example classify brands as luxury, classic or fashion. You'd think CW would at least get into the classic category (contains Citizen, Luminox, Mondaine, Rotary etc). Maybe this is another reason CW going for the re-brand?
CWSellors (Jura) are AD's for all those brands. They are not AD's for CW - as CW does not have authorised dealers.
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CW watches do find their way into third party sellers hands...off the top of my head Chronomaster have had several and sold them for pretty reasonable money... :thumbup:
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It would seem that my value of 50% retail is on the ambitious side........ I requested a part exchange quote on my Tag Monaco (Mint, box papers, crocodile strap etc) and Watchfinder have offered between £1000 and £1200 depending on inspection. Same watch (condition, age etc.) on their site is currently up for £2400. By the time I've factored in postage, or an offer at the lower estimate I reckon they are offering around 40 - 45% pre owned retail. No wonder they can afford premises in Mayfair......

I think i'd rather keep it than give it away.
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I tend to sell my watches in a panic, and at a loss.
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In the last three years I've managed to sell 55 watches on ebay, and have only encountered 2 problem buyers; one was (falsely) claiming all sorts of issues with the watch but was really only after a post-sale discount. I didn't get caught up in that game, just offered a full refund on return of the watch; as expected I didn't hear any more from him. The other problem was where the watch for some reason didn't meet the buyer's expectations, in spite of the description and photos being 100% accurate. Fortunately there was no discussion re discounts or returns as the buyer admitted he'd gone at the watch with a cape cod cloth and the watch was now scratched (!).

As for the PayPal retention of funds, I have heard of this but it has yet to happen to me - perhaps I've just been lucky.
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Well I've decided I won't ever be selling on eBay again, I'll buy off eBay no problem but I won't sell on it.
Sorry for going on about my own experience of late, but sold my watch and posted it on the 13th of this month by 48 hour courier and delivered and signed for on the 15th. Paypal refuse to release my funds before the 30th of June.....this isn't on really and is very frustrating.