A1soknownas wrote: ↑Wed Jan 04, 2023 12:47 pm
This doesn't mean that they are not even better value with a voucher though!
Would be interesting to know what professional means. There is a clear reciprocal beneficial relationship in this industry for access to product, drive Web traffic and so on. Many professional reviewers are almost like adverts these days, take Watch Pro as an example.
Yes that's right. If there was no benefit from potential buyers being able to find press and video reviews, CW wouldn't send watches out for review, surely. They come back as NN watches so there's a clear cost to CW that they obviously think is worth while.
With regard to costs, I made the point in the loupe thread that I thought distribution of the printed magazine must be quite an expense. CW could charge for a subscription, and benefit subscribers by including a discount voucher. I certainly enjoy the magazine, but I value a saving on cost price even more. I must say I think discounts are always appreciated. Even at low Ali-Express prices the special discounts that take maybe an additional £10 or so off the cost of a watch are eagerly anticipated. I bought my last watch from Ali-X and saved about £30 (20%) of a low sale price because of the discount. and that's a watch under £150. Without the temporary discount, I may not have bought at all.
CW is different from an AD, where the AD has room to give a discount from the stated watch price, and potential buyers regularly discuss the likelihood of a discount from an AD. With on-line sellers there is virtually no possibility of making a deal. Sellers shouldn't take goodwill for granted. UK buyers are used to VAT, but I am sure US buyers are particularly sensitive to the the $800 cut-off point for import taxes, and I am sure the absence of a discount voucher will be even more sharply felt. Maybe the occasional sale, assuming they continue will be even more popular. The discount against the new price will be more meaningful, as there is no voucher alternative.
Alex r wrote: ↑Wed Jan 04, 2023 1:46 pm
If you like and can afford the watch in question, I don't see what the issue is
If you have been sat on the fence about a watch it's usually an issue with design, size, colour etc rather than if only it was £100 cheaper I'd get it.
And if price is the main sticking point save up for longer or buy pre loved.
It's the watch you are buying not the price.
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It's a bit of both isn't it. You might fancy a new parka jacket that costs £200. You see a sage green one in the sale for £100, and a rust coloured one for £150. The blue one is still full price. You like all the colours, so you probably buy the least expensive one. There's not many people to whom "if you need to ask the price, you can't afford it" doesn't apply. Price is always a serious consideration, in my opinion.