Post # 1
I’ve posted about this previously, but my best friend is about to buy a ring online and he is worried. He is 90% sure he’s buying online now, but is worried that his/her friends and family will judge him a bit for opting for a cheaper ring online rather than in store. He is also worried that she will not be thrilled that there is not a store to go to (I think she’ll be fine). Anyone here have any thoughts on this, advice or personal stories to share on this?
As he said, he’s less worried what she will think, but more about close friends and family. Everyone knows online is cheaper after all…. :/
Post # 2
First thing: …why would people *know* he bought it online?
second thing: being cheaper online doesn’t mesn cheap overall. You can buy a +20k stone online at Blue Nile, is that cheap to you?
Third and last: who cares what others are going to think?
Post # 3
Literally not a single person has asked WHERE Fiance got the ring. Not one.
Post # 4
No one knows where my husband bought my ring, it’s not really a question people ask. And it’s not information you have to share.
Second – online does not equal cheaper in all cases. You can buy very expensive rings online.
I wouldn’t worry about this.
Post # 5
My husband got the exact diamond he was looking for at a good price BECAUSE he bought it online. I wouldn’t have had it any other way especially since a lot of B&M stores overprice their rings to cover the costs of operating. Why pay more if you don’t need to?
Post # 6
The only people that would care are people that there is no pleasing. He is overthinking. You are way overthinking it for your friend.
Post # 7
You can get more for your money online. Your friend’s girlfriend might be happy that her ring has more bling than if he’d gone to a store where he’s paying a mark-up.
Post # 8
I don’t think “cheap” is the right word here. It’s more of, “bang for your buck”, because online retailers like Blue Nile, James Allen, and Ritani don’t need to mark-up their products to maintain brick and mortar stores.
So your friend is worried about being judged for spending his money wisely (bang for his buck)?
Agreed on all the PPs. DH purchased my ering Blue Nile. We had received such great service from them that we opted to purchase our bands from Blue Nile as well. The price point DH was willing to spend on my ering would have gotten him lower specs had he purchased it from a traditional brick and mortar shop. If he purchased the same exact ring that I have, from a brick and mortar, he would have paid at least 15% more. The only friends that have asked where the ring came from were those that are currently ring shopping.
Post # 9
There’s nothing special about paying too much for something… no idea why buying online would be considered a bad thing.
Post # 10
I second what PP’s have said, not one person ever asked me where I got my ring from. The fact that he bought it online probably would never come up (unless his social circle is very nosy and materisalistic?). Personally I could not care less where my Fiance got my ring from, I actually suggested a bunch of rings for him to buy off Etsy, but in the end he opted to get one from a store because he didn’t want to make such a big purchase online.
Post # 11
If he’s buying online from very reputable vendors, he’s also given access to MUCH more objective information about the stone he’s buying, such as ASETS, Idealscopes, Sarin reports etc, etc. You don’t get that from brick and mortar stores, at least not from those chain stores at the malls, as far as I know. For the same specs, he’ll be paying less, but he’s also getting better quality. So I’m not sure why that’d be considered a “negative” thing at all? It’s the smarter way to buy, I think. Regardless of price, he’s getting TONS more information on the diamond that can guarantee performance when he buys online from trusted vendors.