If you come across a watch to good to be true, it probably is. Small manufacturers and small watch industries create replica watches all the time—primarily to cater to middle-class customer base. These middle-class customers are actually in high proportion to the rich first-class customers and the watches made for them are easily fake branded.
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Especially in a country like Nepal where technology is backward and people don’t research before buying, it can be easy for people to pay mad money for even a simple replica watch. If someone is trying to sell a branded watch and you’re not sure if it’s real or a replica, follow these tips to differentiate:
Replica Watches don’t come with a warranty.
Sure, there are original luxury and designer watches that don’t come with a direct warranty from the original manufacturer, but retailers and the sellers who sell those watches go out of their way to provide at least one year of warranty. This warranty is not covered by the manufacturer, but the seller will happily replace and/or repair your malfunctioned original watch—just because the sellers trust the watch. And why do they trust? Because it’s original.
So if a shopkeeper or a sales person says, “This is an original watch. But it does not come with a warranty…”, you should probably nope out of the store.
If a watch feels light as a feather (figuratively), you know why.
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A good rule of thumb to determine whether the watch is an original or not is to weigh it against your phone. If the watch has stainless steel or gold plated dial, yet it feels lighter than your phone, it is probably a replica. Ask the shopkeeper to show you a similar watch in replica and compare the weights of the said original with the fake original.
Does the inbuilt tachymeter not work? You know why.
Does the font style look different? That’s because it is not an original. Manufacturers and brands are obsessed with their brand names and font type. They simply won’t choose another font just because it looks cooler than their original logo. Don’t let the retailer trick you into paying an outrageously high amount for a replica watch.
Yo ghadi original ho. Bahira 1 Lakh ma bikchha, but hamro pasal ma matrai Rs. 25,000 discount. Hernus ta, yesko original box pani chha.
^ No retailer can provide a 25% discount on an original luxury watch. If someone is trying to sell you a luxury watch with the price way below the retail price, they are most probably trying to sell you the fake one.
Replica Watches are not bad.
What’s bad is when you are tricked into paying the price of a luxury watch for a replica watch. Most consumers want the look and feel of a branded original watch without breaking their bank account. Replica watches provide that luxury.
A popular example: Casio Edifice replicas have swarmed the Nepali market. But some are being sold in the upwards of Rs. 5,000 while they should be sold for no more than Rs. 2,000.
Replica Watches not only have the designer look and feel, but most of them are also made up of corrosion-resistant stainless steels and durable leather bands. If used within the guidelines and with a good battery, they last for years!
Bottom line: Be cautious, and don’t pay more than what the watch is worth.
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