Aug 7, 2013 1:40 am
Jewelry is not only pretty, but a very worthwhile investment. However, if someone offers you something that just sounds unrealistic, then it is!
Unfortunately, the consumers are more vulnerable than others when it comes to jewelry scams.
Breitling is truly an iconic watch brand. Manufactured exclusively in Grenchen Switzerland, this was the watch that tied together the legendary wardrobe of the classic 1965 James Bond (played by Sean Connery). Need I say more? Now that's style!
There are a plethora of so-called wholesaler websites that litter the internet. However, more often than not, these are merely middlemen trying to make a quick buck. Common sense would question why a supplier could sell a watch for a tenth the actual value of the item. The harsh reality is that the exclusivity of the Breitling brand has opened up a huge underground market for counterfeit watches. They are typically bought from mainland Chinese factories, resold, and shipped by various websites. It's amazing what people go through to deceive the world.
The reason why it's sold by overseas vendors is due to the fact that such jurisdictions doesn't fund law enforcement to pursue copyright infringement. Make sure to Google the website url and name. Anything based in East or south-east Asia should raise red flags. You can also create accounts on consumer forums and ask for people's reviews on the legitimacy of a given website. If someone replies to your question, ensure that they're an established member of the community.
The easiest way to be certain that a Breitling is real is to request pictures. If you're in a store, make sure to closely examine a specimen. Salespeople will be glad to show it to you considering they can earn substantial commissions from the sales of luxury timepieces.
A dead giveaway of the watches authenticity is whether or not the logo is embossed into the dial. Furthermore, all Breitling watches have font written in German. Anything with English words is a fake, guaranteed! If the watch isn't fake it's probably bootleg. If you want to avoid associating with a criminal organization, make sure that the serial number hasn't been obscured. This is a common practice used by crooks to ensure that they're not traceable. Otherwise, they might get ratted out by a client who calls the manufacturer regarding a mechanical problem.
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