- Beware Of Smuggled, Refurbished & Fake Watches Sold In India
- An Authorised Retailer Is Vital But Not Sufficient For Safe Purchase
- Don't Choose Your Retailer Based On The Discount Alone
- Insurance, Loyalty Programmes And Value Added Products Are Actually Very Valuable
- Never Buy A Watch Without A Bill And Warranty
Reduced Life or Damaged
Smuggled watches are brought into India through agents in terrible conditions - google shows many videos of the favourite method, smuggling them in plastic bags inserted in the posterior! Such mistreatment reduce the life of the watch by damaging critical parts.
Warranty may not be Covered
Many times the smuggled watches turn out to be refurbished watches. The warranty on these will not hold good and you may face a tough time in the after sales service.
Trouble with government agencies
If government agencies such as customs or income tax (While travelling through airports) detect a smuggled watch - then you may end up in trouble and may have to explain how it is with you.
Even the seller may be unaware until the watch goes for repair
The seller usually does not smuggles in the watches himself. An agent usually does this for him and hands the watches to the seller. If the agent switches a few watches with fakes or refurbished ones, the seller may not even know. This is not a rare occurrence.
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