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Wife got a decent price on a citizen watch about a decade ago still works fine.

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16 hours ago, guys2 said:

I bought them as gifts and now feel the value is greatly diminished. Posting this as a warning to other cruisers, in the hope that celebrity will learn by lack of sales.

 

 Thanks 

IMO, I consider your post(s) your opinion not a warning. 

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Nowadays, with just about everyone having internet access, its not that hard to check Amazon to see how much a product costs.

 

One of these days, I want to go on a cruise with my local jeweler, and then walk into Diamonds International. 

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4 hours ago, Mynki said:

Same applies to Daniel Wellington, Michael Kors and just about any other crappy quality 'fashion' watch brand. 

OP - if you're interested in watches join the Facebook group UGWC (Urban Gentry Watch Club) on Facebook and ask questions before purchase on there. You'll get a lot of help first. 

 

 

Passengers for the most part are looking for costume fashion bargains.  I use to attend some shopping seminars and watch seminars on board.   It is funny when people will ask where to get best prices on Swatch or other low cost watch as if there is going to be a big savings from one place to the other.  The difference can’t be more than a few dollars as the price isn’t much to begin with.

 

When you buy buy a high end watch the dealers are limited to how much of a discount they can give without losing their distributorship.  The prices will be the same for the same model and chances are if you see the one you are looking for you better buy it because of the limited production.  I go into the shops knowing the models that I want and very seldom find any and many times if I do it may not look or feel good on my wrist.    A few of the sales people in the Caribbean know me and we have nice lengthy  discussions about watches along with the complimentary drinks while admiring what they have in their stock that is not displayed in their showcases.  

 

Happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅  

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Bo1953 said:

We are not getting taken, we are willingly buying these items...

 

I consider it akin to purchasing our cruise(s), pending on where and how one purchases it depends on if they 'believe' if they were ripped off or not. Pending on whom they are talking with about it. LOL

 

If one is willing to purchase at the advertized price and is happy at the time, no need to check afterwards to garner buyers remorse, possibly.

 

bon voyage

Good point however the main point of the post was people criticizing the op (who felt taken )for trying to help others!

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However with all that has been said, these are just souvenirs and people at home will enjoy the thought- better then purchasing a cheap tee shirt- so when on vacation just enjoy!    It is the thought that counts- you aren't spending a ton of money 

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Another thing to be aware of on things such as purses.

 

I saw a Valentino sale on board a few years ago. (I'm sorry but I can't recall if it was Celebrity or Princess or what, but I believe it was X).  People were snatching up "Valentino" purses for several hundred dollars instead of several thousand. These are NOT the true haute couture Valentino line.  They're from a "sister line" of Valentino called RED Valentino with none of the RED purses being found in the original Valentino line and vice versa; but it wasn't readily apparent that these were from the RED line.  Especially if the consumer isn't even aware there IS a RED.  Additionally, various MK or other purses MAY NOT be from the higher end designer line. Which is OK if that's what you want.  But something to be aware of.

AGAIN just know your merchandise and prices before you buy.  And make sure you're getting the SAME quality and line that you'd be buying on land.

 

Also you can almost 100% of the time find Tag Heuer watches considerably less expensively at HOME from a reputable vendor. Buyer beware. But if you see something you must have and have a bunch of OBC, and IT MAKES YOU SMILE... buy it.

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DD has purchased over a dozen watches aboard ship and always been highly satisfied.

 

Starting when she was 6 years old she'd buy a $5 watch on our summer sailing.  Battery would just last until following summer's cruise.

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1 hour ago, bighairtexan said:

Another thing to be aware of on things such as purses.

 

I saw a Valentino sale on board a few years ago. (I'm sorry but I can't recall if it was Celebrity or Princess or what, but I believe it was X).  People were snatching up "Valentino" purses for several hundred dollars instead of several thousand. These are NOT the true haute couture Valentino line.  They're from a "sister line" of Valentino called RED Valentino with none of the RED purses being found in the original Valentino line and vice versa; but it wasn't readily apparent that these were from the RED line.  Especially if the consumer isn't even aware there IS a RED.  Additionally, various MK or other purses MAY NOT be from the higher end designer line. Which is OK if that's what you want.  But something to be aware of.

AGAIN just know your merchandise and prices before you buy.  And make sure you're getting the SAME quality and line that you'd be buying on land.

......

 

In fairness virtually every designer have their cheaper / more accessible diffusion ranges- Giorgio Armani has Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans, Armani Exchange and so on.  Celebrity also sells Lauren Ralph Lauren Handbags - the Lauren Ralph Lauren range is set below his Polo range, which itself is set significantly below the Ralph Lauren Women's collection and the Purple Label range ($300 t-shirts and 450$ polo shirts).  Michael by Michael Kors is also the cheaper brand - not sure what they stock on X but possibly some of it will be Michael by Michael Kors

Edited by DYKWIA

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The bags that are sold on Celebrity ships  Brand Name.. Furla for example,some are made in CHINA and the real ones made in either Italy or France. The China ones are priced a lot cheaper than the  ones made in China

If you know anything about leather you will immediately see the difference

 

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2 hours ago, Nymich said:

Good point however the main point of the post was people criticizing the op (who felt taken )for trying to help others!

Okay, I accept....

 

bon voyage

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Invictas are really nice inexpensive watches.

Some people take offense to Invictas because they are "homage" to other name brand watches.

I have a collection of 16 Invictas.

Invictas have a MSRP of quadruple the actual sale price.

I would never, ever pay that price and you see some people on various site try to sell for MSRP displaying the tag.

What they do on cruise ship stores is sell them for 75% off the MSRP and it comes out to a little more than the actual sale price.

If you like the Invicta  brand, as I do, check out Amazon or make a bid on Ebay, but do your research before you purchase.

I hope this helped !

 

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One other note.

Be careful about purchasing watches in the high end watch stores abroad ship and ashore.

If you know what you will be wanting to purchase make sure you EXACTLY know the differences between real, fake and replica before you buy.

I am not saying the merchants are selling fake watches but you will save yourself a headache if you know the differences.

The sales representatives on ship are not real knowledgeable , they couldn't tell the difference between fake and real.

I saw a representative on a ship gush about a watch a passenger was wearing, he thought it was real, I spotted it right away as a fake.

Im just saying be careful even with offshore merchants as well as on ship, when you pay that much money for a high end watch its best to know.

Oh and btw, I have been burned so I did my homework before buying another high end watch.

Edited by m8zenblue

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5 hours ago, George C said:

Wife got a decent price on a citizen watch about a decade ago still works fine.

It should do. 

The reason Invicta as a brand is slaughtered all over horology forums and groups is largely due to the aggressive marketing they undertake. The MSRP's they quote are simply ridiculous as a modern day Invicta is only worth a fraction of this cost compared to alternative brands. 

Even with the 75% to even 90% discounting you occasionally see the watches are still not considered a good buy. As a result of this marketing strategy they've completely trashed their reputation amongst serious horologists.

 

Citizen and Seiko are both well priced and reliable entry level brands that are respected as they have sensible pricing. 

 

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Really everything you purchase while abroad is buyer beware. Certainly if living in the UK it was possible to pick up items such as watches and jewellery at well below the prices in the UK if you knew what you were doing. Not so much now with the pound being so weak.

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1 hour ago, m8zenblue said:

One other note.

Be careful about purchasing watches in the high end watch stores abroad ship and ashore.

If you know what you will be wanting to purchase make sure you EXACTLY know the differences between real, fake and replica before you buy.

I am not saying the merchants are selling fake watches but you will save yourself a headache if you know the differences.

The sales representatives on ship are not real knowledgeable , they couldn't tell the difference between fake and real.

I saw a representative on a ship gush about a watch a passenger was wearing, he thought it was real, I spotted it right away as a fake.

Im just saying be careful even with offshore merchants as well as on ship, when you pay that much money for a high end watch its best to know.

Oh and btw, I have been burned so I did my homework before buying another high end watch.

You certainly won’t find fake high end watches in the onboard shops on Celebrity, you just need to know the value. People slag off the likes of Diamond International but i’ve Seen plenty of people purchase Rolex  watches there over the years at very good prices. And whatever anyone thinks they are authorised dealers.

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Yorky, I agree, but you still must do your homework, best to be in sure than sorry.

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How many people actually buy watches these days? Your smartphone has the time, an alarm, a chronometer, and you can watch cat videos on it. No Rolex can do that! 😊

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On 7/5/2019 at 5:08 PM, grandgeezer said:

Why stop at just watches? This couldn’t be said about just about everything they sell. When you are a captive audience, you’re at their mercy.

 

I appreciate their Chinese quality products!  Only the best for me.  And let's not forget all those great "approved' shops when you go ashore in those exotic ports. So many bargains to be had!

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There are some fallacies when it comes to cruising and traveling.  Most of the stuff sold in ship shops is not a very good deal when compared to comparable purchases via the Internet.  There are some exceptions, but we have not seen them in a few years.  On one Princess cruise we actually pulled up, on our phone, the online price of an expensive watch...which was about 20% less than the price on the ship.  We showed the Internet offer to the shop manager and ask her if she would match the price and got a friendly no.  

 

The other issue has to do with what used to be some great deals found on certain Caribbean islands (especially St Thomas and St Maarten).  Lately the deals on the island are not so good..and many of their products do not carry the manufacturers warranty (Grey Market items).  

 

Hank 

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I don't know.  I refuse to pay a logo tax for anything.  Mrs Ldubs is opposite for many things, but not all.  

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On 7/5/2019 at 4:46 PM, guys2 said:

The price of the Invicta watches during the “75% off Sale “ is double the price from Amazon.

 

literally 2X the price after shipping and tax. I expect to pay more on ship but not 2X especially that they advertise it as a huge sale 

And it looks like there is no shortage of Invicta watches in the $50 to $80 dollar range on Amazon. No need to wait for a cruise to get an Invicta "bargain." 

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If you do your homework there are bargains to be had. My husband bought a Tag onboard a few years ago which was a real bargain. I almost bought an Omega on our last cruise on the Silhouette  which was about £1500 cheaper than in UK but  changed my mind as id already bought a diamond necklace in St Thomas. They had a guy on board who specialises in watches and he knew  his stuff as does my husband. He stated he wants off the ship and onto one sailing on Europe as they find it hard to compete with prices in shops in Caribbean. 

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15 hours ago, m8zenblue said:

One other note.

Be careful about purchasing watches in the high end watch stores abroad ship and ashore.

If you know what you will be wanting to purchase make sure you EXACTLY know the differences between real, fake and replica before you buy.

I am not saying the merchants are selling fake watches but you will save yourself a headache if you know the differences.

The sales representatives on ship are not real knowledgeable , they couldn't tell the difference between fake and real.

I saw a representative on a ship gush about a watch a passenger was wearing, he thought it was real, I spotted it right away as a fake.

Im just saying be careful even with offshore merchants as well as on ship, when you pay that much money for a high end watch its best to know.

Oh and btw, I have been burned so I did my homework before buying another high end watch.

Actually, we purchased fake tanzinite in cozumel once!  Did get our money back from the credit card company.  When off the ship, stay with ship authorized dealers.  Perhaps not as cheap, but reputable.  No great bargains anymore- just buy what you can afford and like as a reminder of your great vacation.

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