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How To Buy A Watch Online

With the Coronavirus pandemic, many shops have shut. This means many of us have resorted to buying various items online—one of those items being watches. However, without seeing a watch in person, how do you know you want to purchase it? You may have many questions about buying online too. Will the face of the watch be a suitable size? Will the strap feel comfortable? What if the watch is lost in transit? Fear not; this guide will inform you of the best ways to buy a watch online so that you’re not disappointed when your delivery arrives. Let’s begin.


Choose a reliable jeweler

First things first, even if you’re just browsing watches, you need to ensure that you’re on a legitimate website. There are a lot of reliable online watch dealers out there; you just need to find them. If you already know of a particular jeweler, they will likely have a website you can browse. Because you know this jeweler or have passed their store, you know that they’re a legitimate business. If you come across a watch site that perhaps you haven’t bought from before or even heard of, you need to do a little research. This is pretty simple; all you need to do is use a search engine to search for the company name and look for any reviews. If you begin to notice some negative reviews, beware of the site. It could be there to fool you. Alternatively, if you’re buying a luxury watch, you can head to that manufacturer’s website. On their website, they will usually have a verified list of distributers you can purchase from. This ensures you are buying a legitimate watch from a professional vendor. On some occasions, you can even buy from the manufacturer directly, guaranteeing a trustworthy product.


Shop around

Unless you have a specific watch in mind that you would like to buy, don’t be afraid to shop around. Wristwatches are very common nowadays, so there are plenty of people working in the market. While shopping around, you may even come across some watch collecting sites where collectors can sell and trade watches they have in their collection. This is great if you’re looking for a watch that is considered classic or vintage. Although most collectors are legit if you were to buy one of these watches, ask for an appraisal of the watch, so you know exactly what you’re getting. For a brand-new watch, check with various jewelers and luxury brands, so you know exactly what’s on offer. As the seasons change, so do trends, so new designs are always released to the public. Shopping around allows you to see everything and create a list of criteria you need. You can also price match watches, getting you the best deal possible.


Ordering a watch

If you do end up finding a watch that you like and want to purchase, there are a few key things to do. Firstly, ensure the site your using is safe. When using the site, there should be a little padlock near the site’s URL. If a padlock is present and the padlock is locked, that means the site is encrypted, making it more secure and trustworthy. If there’s no padlock or the padlock is not locked, it’s not a secure site. Another way to check you’re purchasing from a secure site is to check the URL itself. If the URL starts with HTTPS:/, it’s secure. If it starts with HTTP:/, it’s not as secure, and you should have less confidence using it.


Another way to protect yourself is to use a credit card when purchasing the watch. If you are defrauded, you can claim your money back, and your credit card provider can investigate the fraud, protecting you and others. If you use a debit card, you won’t be able to make use of these services.


Finally, when selecting your shipping option, always opt to add insurance to your items. In the unlikely case, something arrives damaged or doesn’t arrive at all, you can claim on the insurance. Usually, businesses can replace any lost or damaged watches, but having insurance can give you peace of mind.