(Closed) Different prices for the same ring? Or am I going crazy?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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7908 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Maybe I’m crazy, but the Helzberg one looks different.

Even if they are the exact same, different stores will have different prices. That’s kind of normal in jewelry for non-branded items.

ETA: The stones could be of completely different quality and the amount of white gold might be different too.

Post # 4
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5206 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@jenibee9512:  A lot of those chain stores overlap with their inventory so it could very well be the exact same ring. Have you taken markups/sales into consideration? That stuff is always marked up and then put on sale at different times. 

Post # 5
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10368 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Mass produced items sold by different stores will usually have different prices. If you don’t want to deal with the shady shell games of Zales, etc i’d recommend going the cutom route – usually doesn’t cost more, and can actually be cheaper. I found chain stores to be the most expensive option – way less bang for your buck.

Post # 6
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4479 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

It looks like those are the same the ring.  Any differences seem to be due to lighting/angles.  It wouldn’t surprise me if they’re from the same supplier.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’ve found that most big stores use the same supplier for the castings. They then put their own diamonds in them. I saw the same ring at several different places varying from $180-450.

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