October 28, 2005

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I've been looking for a particular watch to buy and it turns out it's not available in Hong Kong. Impossible, I hear you say, that the watch capital of the world doesn't have it. Crazy that a well known watch company would widely advertise a product you can't purchase. You'd be right, but it's an impossibly crazy world.

Being a new age kind of guy, I turned to my friend Google. And sure enough, it turns out the watch is for sale, online, from a place called Orolus, which is based in Malaysia. It seems to have a good reputation, but this is a not-inconsequential amount of money. Any one used them? Any thoughts? Do we trust e-commerce enough these days?

posted by Simon on 10.28.05 at 07:19 PM in the Personal category.


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I have my reservations about e-commerce and those reservations are stronger outside of the US, Europe and Australia.

It's your dime, but why not wait until your next trip out of HK?

posted by: Gordon on 10.28.05 at 08:15 PM [permalink]

I could do, but most of my travel is within Asia and from what I can gather this watch isn't stocked anywhere in Asia yet. What the world needs is a kind of internet central bank, where I can place funds in escrow, the merchant can deliver the goods and once received I can authorise release of the funds.

posted by: Simon on 10.28.05 at 09:37 PM [permalink]

So, nu? Which watch is it? You may be able to get it from a source in the US and have it shipped to you. I might be able to either recommend a place or put you in touch with my watch guy here in NY. Let me know if I can be of assistance.

posted by: RP on 10.28.05 at 11:41 PM [permalink]

By the way, that was probably my first time ever writing the word "nu" like that. Not sure what came over me!

posted by: RP on 10.28.05 at 11:42 PM [permalink]

When I was in Hainan, I ordered some stuff (books) from Singapore, charged it to my credit card, and never received it. It was a hassle. After that, I started using Amazon for my book needs. I would actually like to use smaller outlets, if I could know they were more dependable. Anyway, I would get the watch from the source, if I could, like somebody already stated.

posted by: jd on 10.29.05 at 12:30 AM [permalink]

What kind of watch?

posted by: pylorns on 10.29.05 at 12:33 AM [permalink]

Have you tried eBay?

posted by: Spike on 10.29.05 at 01:55 AM [permalink]

used watch only? why not try ebay?

posted by: sun bin on 10.29.05 at 02:00 AM [permalink]

are you familiar with cross watches, yes the same people who make pens make great watches, I always get complements

posted by: RJT on 10.29.05 at 07:44 AM [permalink]

It's a new watch so ebay won't work. RP, I'll drop you a line.

As for what watch, it's one of those ones that tells the time.

posted by: Simon on 10.29.05 at 06:29 PM [permalink]

Hi Simon, I've bought Seiko watch from reputable reseller via e-bay. For any online purchase, my recommendation is to buy additional insurance for the goods, in case it is lost in transit or damaged. That way, at least you can claim with courier company. I believe normally the price of purchase exclude such liability. Normally, DHL/Fedex don't carry watch with a value over US$100...so if your watch is more than that, i think the reseller will only declared on invoice it as US$100......(fyi)


posted by: Martin on 10.30.05 at 11:51 AM [permalink]

And so it was that yesterday afternoon I found the blessed thing in that haven of retail therapy: Causeway Bay.

E-commerce loses to the world's second most expensive retail area...again!

Thanks for all the advice, I really appreciate it.

posted by: Simon on 10.31.05 at 08:55 AM [permalink]

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