I'm sailing Millennium next week and hope to purchase a watch in St Thomas. I've done the research, have narrowed my choices to 3 or 4 and have a pretty good idea what I could buy one for stateside. Assuming I stick with the "Authorized Dealers" how much of a discount should I expect and how firm are the prices?
Tom.. one word.. BARGAIN! Depending on the brands.. some they wont move more than 10 or 15%.. others .. much more.
Dont be afraid to walk out of the store. U can always go back later.
Since u know your prices.. u should do fine!!
Got 20% off on a Tag-Heuer. Prices at AH Riise and Little Switzerland were identical, liked the salesperson better at AH Riise so I bought there. Prices were firm but they were pretty free with "extras" such as extra links for the band, fancy cleaning cloths etc. All in all saved about $400 over stateside prices.
In March, we were on the AOS, and I looked at a Rolex Airking in St Thomas. The store said they had the lowest price anywhere. When we got home(western NY) I checked a local retailer, and the price was exactly the same!! The only amount saved would have been the sales tax, and some duty would have to be paid.
Shop around first, to insure that you are actually saving money!
You are right. I just replaced my Rolex and my local dealer here in New Hartford, NY (Central NY) had the new one for 20% off list. I don't think you'll get a better price. I purchased an extra 18kt & SS link which has a list price of $275 for $222. I called The rolex dealer in Cozumel because I was thinking of adding one more link and they told me their price would be $375usd. Go figure.
Once you get your best price....ask if they can do better if you pay cash..... This can really work to your advantage.Depending on the brand discounts can vary...also, prices can vary depending on the amount of ships in....If you are also going to St Martin, try Joes, on the Dutch side..i got a good price on a Coach watch....Trip /Monday Chat Host