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If you buy a watch for $199.99 it's a sub $200 watch no matter what the BS price tag says. I'm am so tired of the phony sales tactic of telling folks the watch they're buying is a $1995.00 watch, but you can have it for $200. What an absolute load of trollop. There are numerous companies doing this today, and I wonder how many people actually believe they are getting a $2000 watch because the lable affixed to the package says so. Really, that watch you just bought for $200 is really a $149.95 watch becausewatches retail for 40 percent over cost at most vendors. I no longer look at watches that are labled this way, I am only interested in finely made mechanical or automatic movements from companies that don't play pricing games. What say you?


 

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"MSRP" is the real issue you are talking about. That number could be - just about anything. And that is ultimately the issue.

From Wikipedia - The (manufacturer's) suggested retail price ((M)SRP), list price or recommended retail price (RRP) of a product is the price the manufacturer recommends that the retailer sell it for. The intention was to help to standardize prices among locations. While some stores always sell at, or below, the suggested retail price, others do so only when items are on sale or closeout.

The term is also backronymed to Monroney suggested retail price, after the Monroney sticker which required that the MSRP of new cars be displayed.

Suggested pricing methods may conflict with competition theory, as it allows prices to be set higher than would otherwise be the case, potentially negatively impacting consumers. However, resale price maintenance goes further than this and is illegal in many regions.

Much of the time, stores charge less than the suggested retail price, depending upon the actual wholesale cost of each item, usually purchased in bulk from the manufacturer, or in smaller quantities through a distributor.

Suggested prices can also be manipulated to be unreasonably high, allowing retailers to use deceptive advertising by showing the excessive price and then their actual selling price, implying to customers that they are getting a bargain[citation needed].

Game shows have long made use of suggested retail prices both as a game element, in which the contestant must determine the retail price of an item, or in valuing their prizes. The Price Is Right is by far the most famous example of this.
 

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There is a famous saying "Dont hate the player hate the game" I think it applies here, I dont find this to be a determining factor on any purchase I make.
 

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I have been going on the seat of the pants I start by taking 20% of the msrp then see how much lower I can get it. I never go over the 20% and then sometimes have found out I paid too much.
 

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I never pay retail. That is why it pays to do your research before making any purchases. I always search the web to check what items are selling for before I run out and buy it.
 

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At this juncture in the watch buying world, many of us won't pay so-called retail for any watch, save for high end pieces, which in many cases you have to pay the toll. The MSRP doesn't even factor into my buying because I only but what I like in the first place. I believe that to be the case with most here and any other forum. The watch is only worth what you're willing to shell for it...retail price notwithstanding.
 

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manufactures retail pricing is a farce.
i assumed everyone knows that??
this does not apply just to watches, but to almost any retail product. the manufacturer has to put some price on the item so they typically put as high as they can get away with fully knowing that the retailers will them discount, run sales, coupons, etc etc etc.

on watches this has always been way out of wack and remember - it applies to many/most brands. i purchased a citizen (very well known brand) 2 months ago at a national retailer and i received 30% off the msrp. plus an additional percentage off that they were offering on all watches "that weekend only". no different then what shopnbc does or any retailer does when selling.
 

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i never pay retail either, but that said some brands retail are more realistic and attainable than others.....needless to say that Invictas retail are based purely on fantasy,,,,
 

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invicta is the perfect example of crazy retail pricing. example, a few months ago the OTV was an excursion that was a $2,995 watch. they sold it for $224or so including s/h on snbc. thats over 92.5% off the retail price. then the same watch with less functions lists for $1,295. so the retail price of the movement was $1,800 more? that was plain stupid of snbc and invicta as any educated consumer finally got to see that invicta plays poorly in their retail pricing game. they are the worst ones on the snbc program. croton however in my opinion has the fairest retail pricing on the show but not the best watches. gotta stay sharp at all times. thanks to sites like this you can find direction on where to find the best prices out there as TV DINNER spends countless hours searching the web to give us a heads up everyday. buy the way thank you for all your effort and time spent doing that for your members and guests Mr. TV DINNER.
 
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