Heads Up! I Saw A Bargain Here! 2019

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Re: Heads Up! I Saw A Bargain Here! 2019

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Post by BillionaireDoors » Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:44 am

yinzburgher wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:35 pm
Rakuten (formerly Ebates) has 14% cash back at Rakuten Global Market.

This is part of a promotion for 14% cash back at a number of stores for one day (2/14) only so we are unlikely to see the cash back percentage increase at this time. However go to the link below for RGM coupons to sweeten the deal. $15 off when you order +$150, $22 off when you order +$200, and 10% Back in Super Points When You order $80+.

Cash Back Terms
Cash Back will be automatically added to your Rakuten account within a few weeks.

Exclusions: Cash Back is not available on the purchase or redemption of gift cards. Cash Back is not available on a purchase shipped to Japan or when freight forwarding services are used. Cash Back is not available on a purchase placed through the Rakuten mobile app.

https://www.rakuten.com/globalrakuten.com
There is also a 10x Rakuten Points promotion on the RGM home page. Terms here:
https://global.rakuten.com/en/event/poi ... v-en-point
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Re: Heads Up! I Saw A Bargain Here! 2019

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Post by bogray57 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:02 am

Three ways to save on this Seiko Recraft...model: SNKP23, automatic, 39.5mm, 50M water resistance...3 deals within $2 of each other

$134.99 at Jomashop's main web store
$133.98 on Amazon
$132.99 at Joma's eBay store
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Re: Heads Up! I Saw A Bargain Here! 2019

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Post by frogles » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:06 am

PopePants2 wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:28 pm
TheJohnP wrote:This is no $20 tritium tube watch, but spotting this scrolling through Amazon Warehouse deals.

Carnival quartz tritium tube watch

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing ... 7EE7U53NWQ

Either $81 for Used - Very Good condition (Item is in original packaging, but packaging has damage.)
or $85 for Used - Like New condition (Item is in original, pristine packaging.)
As someone who has this watch, I highly recommend it. As a matter of fact, I wear this watch as a Night Watch, and it's worn every night.

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is it really 200m WR?
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Re: Heads Up! I Saw A Bargain Here! 2019

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Post by BillionaireDoors » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:14 am

FYI: If you buy as much from ToM as I do, you sometimes get access to watch sales a day early. Just got access to one for pre-owned models that is starting for everyone else tomorrow. I don't personally see anything interesting, but 3 watches have already sold out.
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Re: Heads Up! I Saw A Bargain Here! 2019

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Post by mplsabdullah » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:16 am

https://natostrapco.com/ has %20 off with code SAVE19
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Re: Heads Up! I Saw A Bargain Here! 2019

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Post by valuewatchguy » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:53 am

Tokei-ski wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:31 am
Not A Deal.

For those of you looking at the Rakuten Global/Rakuten Points/Ebates thing. Being based in Japan, I can tell you that the deals you are finding on Rakuten/Rakuten Global are not the best possible, even with the 20% cashback and/or points. The shops that sell new/used watches, usually have a hierarchy: They list the watch cheapest in their physical store. They will then list it on their own website with a markup from in store. They will then list on aggregator sites like Rakuten/Rakuten Global, Yahoo Shopping, Yahoo Auctions with an additional markup. I have yet to find a single deal, even with the 20% cashback, that could not be matched by going direct to the specific shops website or physical shop. Just a single example:

Rakuten Global ¥3,039,600 https://global.rakuten.com/en/store/jac ... tem/gp121/
Jackroad's own website: ¥2,759,260 https://www.jackroad.co.jp/shop/g/ggp121/
In person Jackroad store: Offered at ¥2,450,000

Not sure if this is really that helpful, but for someone considering a larger purchase, such as a Rolex/Grand Seiko/Omega etc. you might save yourself a lot of hassle by contacting the shop directly, and asking what kind of deal they can cut you. You may get silence, you may get a worse deal, you may get better, but given the angst that has been written by those trying to claim their cashback, this might be a way to get the same price, with far fewer hassles.

But with the 26% off deal the price would have been 2,249,304 so even better than in person. But at 20% 2,431,680 which is on par with in person. Lesson learned is if I ever go to japan go and shop in the store for the best price! Until then as an American I'm stuck with Ebates/Rakuten.

Thanks for the info though. It makes the 15% deals a little less attractive. But I will say that pre-owned products in Japan seem to be in much better shape than they advertise (generally speaking).

Out of curiosity, is there any truth to the idea that asking for a discount in person or via email is considered rude or impolite?
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Re: Heads Up! I Saw A Bargain Here! 2019

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Post by valuewatchguy » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:54 am

Are there any standing discount codes for

seriouswatches.com

or

creationwatches.com

thanks in advance.
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Re: Heads Up! I Saw A Bargain Here! 2019

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Post by AndroidIsAwesome » Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:20 am

valuewatchguy wrote:Are there any standing discount codes for

seriouswatches.com

or

creationwatches.com

thanks in advance.
Serious watches usually doesn't offer discount codes. However, I have purchased from them a bunch of times and have become pretty good friends with them. So I am usually able to Facebook message the owner and get a good deal on their prices. Might be worth a shot for returning customers.
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Re: Heads Up! I Saw A Bargain Here! 2019

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Post by Tokei-ski » Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:31 am

The selling of used products in Japan is a HUGE business, far more than anywhere else in the world that I have seen. There are secondhand shops for everything imaginable. With so much competition, and the Japanese desire for products in the best condition, the shops are very conscientious about how they rank their products. There are also strict laws about how used products can be indentified, and sold. You will see many, many watches advertised as "used" when they are obviously new and unworn, with plastic still on bracelets, etc. This is due to the fact that unless the watch has been sourced from a certified original supplier, it cannot be sold as new. For anything in less than perfect condition, the market prices it significantly lower, and these products are often a very difficult sale. The catch all term that the Japanese use is "Junk" goods. If you are ever searching and come across this term, you need to be careful. In some instances, the products are broken and do not work properly, but, they might also classify something as junk, just because of a scratch or something that is easily rectified. One example might be something like a used laptop. If it is missing one key, it would be classified as "Junk" goods. It could be absolutely brand new in every other way, but because it is missing one key, it will be heavily discounted, and sold as "Junk" with no warranty or returns possible.

While on the subject, I might as well add a bit more colour on warranty, and returns. In America, it seems everyone is spoiled beyond belief with the ability to return goods, free of charge, and often after an extended period of time. In Japan, that concept is pretty much non-existant. Purchases of any goods, new or used, are considered final sale, with no returns possible. For new goods, any problems, even something that is broken right out of the box, will need to be handled by the manufacturer, the shop will not get involved. For used goods, the shop will usually offer its own warranty, but before the purchase is completed, the shop will ask you to inspect the goods carefully, for any problems or defects. Once you have confirmed all is okay, and the sale is complete, you cannot return the goods for any reason. I think this is one reason there have been many comments about how uncooperative shops are in dealing with overseas customers, and the entire transaction. It is just such a giant hassle for the shops, trying to communicate in a foreign language, accept payment, ship goods overseas (which is getting extremely difficult due to all of the regulations with CITES, as well as restrictions on batteries through the mail) and then handle a customer who expects a free return for some (to the Japanese) inane reason.The same goes for some of the angst expressed from people who did not get tax deducted from a purchase. Many of these second hand shops do not deal in tax free/duty free so they are not being uncooperative, they simply do not have the mechanism in place to handle it. There are still many large retail chains, that do not process transactions duty free, although it is becoming pretty common. I can even say that accepting credit cards, is a fairly recent development. Japan is still very much a cash and carry society, and I am not talking small. Even in 2019, it is not uncommon to see people pay cash for $50,000~$100,000 transactions such as luxury goods, cars, etc. Cash machines here used to have no limits on withdrawals, and even today, the standard withdrawal is capped at ~$10,000 a day. No, that is not a typo!

As far as negotiation, it is generally a no go, but depending on the shop, as a foreigner, they might be willing to consider a slight discount.

Happy to answer any other questions you guys may have.

Regards
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Re: Heads Up! I Saw A Bargain Here! 2019

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Post by Dub Rubb » Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:38 am

Not a crazy deal but oh well.
Bertucci DX3 in 3 different colors for $34.40 after 14% cash back from ebates/rakuten. Retail $99.
https://www.sierra.com/s~bertucci/
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Re: Heads Up! I Saw A Bargain Here! 2019

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Post by TheJohnP » Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:46 am

StrapsCo has a 20% off with code VDAY20
Not only their straps, but promo is also valid on their e-gift cards.

https://strapsco.com/

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Re: Heads Up! I Saw A Bargain Here! 2019

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Post by deckeda » Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:52 am

Just a quick note of appreciation and to say I’d like to see Tokei-Ski’s recent comments here turned into a concise sticky, or at the least it’s own thread outside of here. Seems like good-to-know sort of stuff.

And I find it very interesting to learn the explanation of the perspective and philosophy of how the Japanese market works.

Care to create a new thread, Tokei-Ski?
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Re: Heads Up! I Saw A Bargain Here! 2019

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Post by BATMAN » Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:57 am

Dub Rubb wrote:Not a crazy deal but oh well.
Bertucci DX3 in 3 different colors for $34.40 after 14% cash back from ebates/rakuten. Retail $99.
https://www.sierra.com/s~bertucci/
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There are occasionally free shipping codes. I've also heard rumors of coupon codes being sent regularly to newsletter subscribers but I've never gotten one. Love the orange one.

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Re: Heads Up! I Saw A Bargain Here! 2019

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Post by BostonCharlie » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:03 pm

valuewatchguy wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:54 am
Are there any standing discount codes for

seriouswatches.com

or

creationwatches.com

thanks in advance.
Sometimes Creation will list the same watch on eBay at a better price, particularly when they're having one of their 10% eBay discounts running (like they are right now). Naturally it's best when paired with an eBay promo. Here is the link I use for Creation on eBay:

https://www.ebay.com/sme/creationwatches/offers.html
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Re: Heads Up! I Saw A Bargain Here! 2019

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Post by BostonCharlie » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:05 pm

BATMAN wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:57 am
Dub Rubb wrote:Not a crazy deal but oh well.
Bertucci DX3 in 3 different colors for $34.40 after 14% cash back from ebates/rakuten. Retail $99.
https://www.sierra.com/s~bertucci/
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There are occasionally free shipping codes. I've also heard rumors of coupon codes being sent regularly to newsletter subscribers but I've never gotten one. Love the orange one.

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Free shipping when you sign up for their newsletters -- but it sounds like you' re already there.
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