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Updated on August 19, 2009

Buying Patek Philippe Watches On eBay

Patek Philippe watches can be expensive. Buying this type of item on ebay is simple but you need to be quite aware of scams and frauds.

Patek Philippe is well known for both its quality and price. Many consider them to be the creators of the best watches in the world. Quite a few notable people are known to be fans of the brand - one of which is possibly the greatest mind of all time, Albert Einstein.

A great number of watches have been produced under the Patek Philippe brand. One of the best known watches from Patek Philippe is the Calibre 89. It is a commemorative watch made to commemorate the company's 150th anniversary. The watch has been called the most complicated watch in the world. It has a total of 1,728 components that include a star chart and a thermometer. The Calibre 89 took five years in development and research and another four years for manufacturing.

The passion to make great watches is not only limited to commemorative watches. Every item that is produced under its name is sure to be of the finest quality. But this kind of quality is usually synonymous with expensive items, which makes it hard for someone on a tight budget to afford.

Fortunately, the internet has provided us with ebay. Yes! Patek Philippe watches can be bought on ebay and at the sort of prices that don't always break the bank.

There are important things to consider though, regarding whether expensive watches are the real thing or not. Some crooks will take advantage of customers by selling rip-off items. Therefore it is vital to watch out for these scams.

When setting out to purchase on ebay, there are signs that can, in some ways let you as the customer decide whether the Patek Philippe watch (or any other item for that matter) is fake or not.

The first thing you should look at is the cost. No-one in his or her right mind would sell a Patek Philippe at half of it's price.

One way to find out whether the Patek Philippe item is genuine or not is by looking at the seller's rating via feedback and the comments of people whom he or she has sold to in the past. A good feedback history should give you some peace of mind that the item for sale is genuine.

Last but not the least, check out the mode of paying that the seller is offering. Scammers usually stray from methods of payment such as credit card and paypal. It's worth avoiding sellers who use payment methods other than the ones mentioned above. This can help to protect you as a purchaser from scams and fraud. By paying with a credit card you have the option of doing a chargeback if there are any problems.

If you use paypal, you can also clear your account of cash and then pay via paypal with the whole amount sourced directly from your credit card, which again will permit a chargeback later if necessary.

Purchasing a Patek Philippe wristwatch at less than the normal price is entirely possible by shopping on ebay. But you should be especially thorough on who to purchase it from in order to avoid buying fake items, which in this case, could be financially disastrous.

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