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Lately, I have had a desire to get some more Swiss pieces in my collection. So, I have been looking on the Bay at vintage Omegas, in particular. I put an offer in on a nice Seamaster from 1969, which was priced too high, I thought. The seller is a well known Omega specialist and completely refurbishes his watches before selling them. He was asking $1300.00 for this watch, and I offered $800.00. I was hoping to get it for below a grand. He countered at 1095.00, so I countered again, at $900 with a nice note, telling him to keep the strap (He offers buyer a choice of black or brown leather), and that the watch was for my personal use, not resale. I also mentioned who I was, as I am fairly well known on the forums.
Well, I guess he isn’t impressed with Katgirl, as his next response was to raise his price over his previous offer!!! So, I declined, and added in my note, simply, “That was weird!”


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I have found that decisions are made quickly and without much critical thought when they are not face to face. Things read differently and people get really insulted over small things. I have run into similar scenarios. Communication up front usually prevents that, so I always send a message when making an offer. If they come back with an insult or jack the price up, you know what your in for right away.
 

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Sorry but Im with the ebay seller on this one. "do you know who I am" isn't much of an incentive to hand over something the guy clearly labors over.... now if it was that cranberry juice guy, thats another story.
 

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Sorry but Im with the ebay seller on this one. "do you know who I am" isn't much of an incentive to hand over something the guy clearly labors over.... now if it was that cranberry juice guy, thats another story.
That is NOT what I said. Perhaps I should have been more clear. I used to buy Omegas from this guy several years back, on the Omega Forum, so was letting him know he knew me. I have no idea to what your last sentence refers.


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Well in the past year many odd things
On Ebay and forums for sure
I have bought a few watches only to have sellers relist my purchase for more money and refund me with no explanation other than stating item lost
People for whatever reason seem to be not honoring sales
Not wanting to negotiate like I was taught
Not seeming to wanting to make sales
It makes absolutely no sense to me
As most of u know
I am not afraid to negotiate
I think people no longer can or able to do this
God help us all if we can not deal with the little things like watches and such
Sorry for all the hassle too
There are always more for sale
I hope u are able to find the one u want
God Bless,John


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Well in the past year many odd things
On Ebay and forums for sure
I have bought a few watches only to have sellers relist my purchase for more money and refund me with no explanation other than stating item lost
People for whatever reason seem to be not honoring sales
Not wanting to negotiate like I was taught
Not seeming to wanting to make sales
It makes absolutely no sense to me
As most of u know
I am not afraid to negotiate
I think people no longer can or able to do this
God help us all if we can not deal with the little things like watches and such
Sorry for all the hassle too
There are always more for sale
I hope u are able to find the one u want
God Bless,John


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I absolutely agree, John. People don’t honor their word anymore. To make an offer, then become miffed, for whatever reason, only to go higher than his previous offer was childish. I did get very lucky with my silver 6139-6002, though. The seller had a ridiculously high asking price, with the option to make an offer. I offered less than half, and explained to him that his price was just too high. I wound up paying $560 below his listing price. Occasionally, negotiation does work. Communication is key…………sometimes.

Kat


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So the subject Omega watch I was trying to buy, for which seller wanted $1100, I found in heavy gold plate, also just serviced. The first one was stainless steel. It’s from 1972, showing some patina, but looking really nice. After offers flying fast and furious back and forth between me and seller, I struck a deal for $645.00.





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well i am also finding people do not want to even have any conversation too
prices are posted and will not respond to message for info too
everytime i have something listed i expect questions and some negotiations
especially when there is any problems with item too
i hope this is not a trend that will stay
so glad Kat you get the right one too
life is way too short to be greedy at all
we have to remember that too
God Bless,John
can not wait to see pics when it arrives too
 

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well i am also finding people do not want to even have any conversation too
prices are posted and will not respond to message for info too
everytime i have something listed i expect questions and some negotiations
especially when there is any problems with item too
i hope this is not a trend that will stay
so glad Kat you get the right one too
life is way too short to be greedy at all
we have to remember that too
God Bless,John
can not wait to see pics when it arrives too
Thanks, John. I have always loved Omegas. I can’t afford their new offerings , now that I’m retired, but my collection seems to be taking a vintage turn anyway, so I will add a few vintage Omegas to the group. I seem to be drawn to their gold watches, more than the vintage stainless. God Bless you too, friend….

Kat


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In this case it sounds like the seller has decided to throw his toys out of the cot by upping the price.

That said though we're buying from all parts of the world with the interweb nowadays and negotiation is viewed differently between cultures. In my neck of the woods bartering only ever took place on cars and houses. You'd never walk into an electrical store for instance and barter on a fridge but nowadays its common place. Same as local classified ads, I recently had someone ask me for my "best price" on a pile of left over bricks I had listed for free😂
 

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Thanks, John. I have always loved Omegas. I can’t afford their new offerings , now that I’m retired, but my collection seems to be taking a vintage turn anyway, so I will add a few vintage Omegas to the group. I seem to be drawn to their gold watches, more than the vintage stainless. God Bless you too, friend….

Kat


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I'm not sure if you have checked out omegaforums.net

Some reasonably priced Omega watches in the private sales section from great sellers.
 

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Some people have always been greedy Mike, its not really a new phenomena, money does this to lots of people..

I agree 100%. People are getting greedy and don't want to leave a penny on the table. It's a shame.

Nice watch Kat. congrats.
 
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