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OK. I am moving to Germany in April. Now I know that sometimes items made in the country of origin can be cheaper, however this is not always the case.

What is the situation in Germany? Are German watches cheaper in Germany? I know they have VAT, and that might make the prices higher, but I was just wondering if it will be cheaper than buying online and having it shipped to the states.
 

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OK. I am moving to Germany in April. Now I know that sometimes items made in the country of origin can be cheaper, however this is not always the case.

What is the situation in Germany? Are German watches cheaper in Germany? I know they have VAT, and that might make the prices higher, but I was just wondering if it will be cheaper than buying online and having it shipped to the states.
(1) Due to the VAT they are more expensive.
(2) Most retailers do not give discount (maybe 3% when paying cash), a discount on discontinued models is often given, most dealers stick to the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price.
(3) No big "sales" and no real "bargains"
 

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That is a bummer! Unlike Singapore where you can get damn fine watches for damn fine prices I guess.

Oh, well, maybe there will be "previously owned" watches at decent prices.
 

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Hello ovrthtop34,

it depends on the time you will be living in Germany.
The German VAT is 19% on top of the net price(about 16% included).

But when you export a watch from Germany to a country outside the EU (e.g. when moving back to your home country), the customs' office will refund this amount to you.

To manage it this way, the watchmaker who sells the watch has to fill in a special form for getting back the VAT.

You see, saving about a sixth of the MSRP isn't difficult and when you are paying cash, an additional discount should be given too. You only have to negotiate. b-)


Best regards from Southern Germany,


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Everything is more expensive in Europe, including watches. A Swiss watch, for example, is cheaper Honk Kong or New York than in Geneva. Go figure!

What you also have to remember is that Germany's luxury market is totally alien to "bargains" unlike USA. You don't get deals or discount easily...

Like other have mentioned taxes are heavy in Germany. By ordering online, and avoiding VAT, A guy located in USA can get a German watch cheaper than a guy located in Germany!

There are absolutely no benefit of buying German watches in Germany (or any other watches by the way).
 

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Hi Zarith,


you are only telling - the more expensive - part of the truth. :roll:
There are some specialised dealers and even on-line shops that sell nearly all (German and Swiss) luxury brands with a discount of about 20% and more. They get the watches from official AD's.
e.g. you can buy a Glashuette Original PanoMaticReserve 90-03-20-05-04 (MSRP: 18.800,-€) for 13.999,-€ - incl. VAT ( net price: 11.764,-€)!!
Those AD's had to fulfill purchase obligations and now look for an agent to take off of them the quantities they won't sell.
You always get the original papers too, stamped by an AD.
If you want to know addresses, send me a PM,


Volker ;-)
 
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