Sunday, April 7, 2013

Steampunk Mechanical "Winner" Watch

Winner Watch
I was doing some research on steampunk watches and found this brand on Etsy.  Winner Watches is a Chinese company, much like Caifu (which I've mentioned in a previous post).  Their watches are generally pretty cheap to buy and from positive customer reviews, it seems they hold up just fine.

However, I've seen a number of Etsy shop owners selling "Winner" watches for well over $100.  Some of these shops declare that they are "handmade in the Pacific Northwest."  The only difference I see in these watches is that they added a thicker leather band.  The core of the watch remains the same.  So I say buyer beware.  You can get a "Winner" watch for well under $50 and assemble a band separately for far less than the Etsy retailers charge.  This is an Etsy shop owner that sells direct from Hong Kong.  The watches are generally under $30 and look great. 

The moral of this story: when an item states "handmade," you should also conduct your own research.  If not, you may end up paying $119 for the watch below, versus $29.99 for the watch above.
Winner Watch

Trevor's Rating of "Winner" watches: 90%
Trevor's Rating of Etsy Opportunists: 9.2%

9 comments:

  1. if for same price u can get a timex or rodania during discounts periods, what would you advise one to do?

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  2. i recommend going on aliexpress,com everyone that sells on etsy and lightinthebox they buy from here

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    1. That's a great point, I hadn't seen that site before. Thanks!

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  3. You can pick up these identical watches at Wish.com for less than $15 (inclusive shipping)...

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  4. You can pick up these identical watches at Wish.com for less than $15 (inclusive shipping)...

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  5. Ebay a good place rule of thumb when on ebay move around a bit one place may be something like $10.00 AND OTHER PLACE may be 16.00 US GOOD LUCK IN SHOPPING.

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  6. This watch is literally $12 on Amazon and has free shipping like... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DJ2EB4Q/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=5DABRQ8UZRDQ&coliid=I4060LN6HVGI1&psc=1

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