Ever since the company made the world’s first truly scratch-proof watch, the DiaStar, Rado watches have become a must have item for collectors. Those that appreciate their ground breaking technical qualities and understated, sophisticated designs. Unfortunately, these unique watches come with a big price tag. But, with a little ingenuity and effort it is possible to buy a cheap Rado watch.
Early ones have become extremely desirable collectibles with many fetching far more than they were originally bought for. And, today’s special edition models are being bought not just because of their beauty, but as an investment.
However, with these watches being so much in demand it makes buying them at discount prices difficult. Many retailers, including online retailers, don’t feel the pressure to offload the watches as they don’t have to worry about being stuck with stock. Hence, many simply won’t drop their price, no matter if you’re buying one of the more expensive models or if you’re buying more than one piece.
One thing that you can try to do is ask for extras such as straps and buckles. The casing of them may be nearly indestructible but the straps are plastic and will require replacing at some time in the future. Buy persuading the retailer to throw one in as part of the deal you could be saving yourself quite a bit of money in the future.
Getting some freebies is all well and good but it doesn’t get you a discount Rado watch. However, some smart buyers are looking to buy from European boutiques. The advantage of this is that if you’re buying from outside of the EU (European Union) you can claim back the VAT (value added tax), which can be as high as 15%.
Another advantage from buying from a boutique is that there is a very close relationship between the boutique and the manufacturer and shipping can be very quick.
Also, many shrewd buyers are looking further afield at places like Singapore and Hong Kong. If you’re confident and know your way around exchange rates, you can find that buying an expensive watch from these places can be cheaper because of exchange rate comparisons.
All of these boutiques and shops can be found on the internet.
However, when you do buy from abroad you will need to wire across the money or pay by AMEX. You’ll need to provide ID of who you are – usually a photocopy of your passport. One further thing you should be aware of is the surcharge you’ll have pay to the shipping company when the watch is imported. You can find out how much this would be by contacting a shipping company before you make your purchase.
Both of the above options are a more difficult way of buying a watch than just taking a trip to a department store but finding bargains sometimes takes a bit of effort. However, if you look hard enough and think clever you can find cheap Rado watches.
Source by Robin Cassidy