(Closed) What the heck bees! Poll Included..

posted 4 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What would you do in the same situation?
    Call and ask if they would haggle the price : (19 votes)
    27 %
    Find another diamond and skip this bull-ish : (48 votes)
    69 %
    Suck it up and pay those greedy people the extra $$$ : (0 votes)
    Other (Explain in the comments) : (3 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    5538 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Don’t do it.  That’s the kindest thing I can say 🙂  Find an alternative [whatever stone that is] just walk away.

    Post # 4
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    1112 posts
    Bumble bee

    pinuppuddin:  that’s chain for you. I found the same thing between Adiamor and Blue Nile, and Blue Nile was selling the diamond for $200-$300 more, although it’s not so bad and if still be willing to buy from Blue Nile. (Got my e ring from Adiamor).

    Post # 6
    Member
    1710 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Aw, I was going to say, if it’s $1.3k cheaper at the other site, buy it from them, but with the trade in thing…… 

    I say you can try and haggle when the time comes, but they may counter-argue with the fact that the other place with the cheaper price isn’t giving you back the value of the stone you already have, you’d end up paying full price. 

    Personally, if I could afford it, I’d buy an entirely new diamond elsewhere. 

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 7 months ago by  MrsCassie. Reason: Spelling is hard
    Post # 8
    Member
    1837 posts
    Buzzing bee

    pinuppuddin:  This is par for the course. Never buy a diamond from those brick-and-mortar stores. 

    Post # 9
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    733 posts
    Busy bee

    It’s not “ripping people off.” It’s a business. A business is in business to make money, period, and they don’t care about giving people a good value. If you find it somewhere else cheaper, buy it there. But a business has a perfect right to charge whatever they want for a product. Obviously people are paying it or else they would be out of business.

    Post # 11
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    733 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m sorry if you didn’t like my “attitude.” I tend to be blunt and it doesn’t read well online. In all honesty, I was just trying to make you see it from a more honest perspective, since you seemed very upset about it, and hopefully you’d feel better. There’s no need to buy from anyone who is charging you more. I’m a major bargain hunter when it comes to jewelry, and as businesses are in the business to make money, as a consumer I’m here to save money. It’s just finances and not emotions, so I feel no qualms about telling a business to shove it and going elsewhere to save money or buy a better product. You seemed to feel like you needed to give the other business a chance, but don’t feel bad if you don’t do so.

    Don’t feel sorry for the people who are being ripped off. I’m a firm believer that people need to do their own research, and if they choose not to, that’s on them. There are times I pay more money than I need to for convenience sake, and that’s on me.

    Be sure to post yur new ring when you get, I’m sure it is stunning. And good for you for doing research and saving some money.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 7 months ago by  punkybrewster.
    Post # 12
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    1837 posts
    Buzzing bee

    pinuppuddin:  

    You’re right that “ripping people off” may have been the wrong wording and I understand that they are in a business to make money and not about “doing the right thing” for people.

    Oh, I don’t know … I think that the “ripping people off” wording fits the mall jewelry stores and their approach to things pretty well. But — caveat emptor, and all that. 

    Post # 13
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    7438 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    alamana:  It’s not the store’s fault if people don’t do their research… As long as they are not lying about the specs I don’t see how purchasing a stone from them would be a rip off.

    Anyways OP, I would just mention that you saw the same stone on a different site and there was a significant price difference. I’m guessing they won’t offer to lower the price to0 much (if at all) though since they kind of already have your business if you want to trade your current diamond in. As my Darling Husband always says, it doesn’t hurt to ask!

    Post # 15
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    1837 posts
    Buzzing bee

    MrsBeck: I disagree. If you are charging well over the easily-found-elsewhere-lower price for shoddy diamond specs and cheaply made low quality jewelry like all of the mall stores are, you are ripping people off. If I can pretty easily find a bigger diamond with better specs in a nicer setting for far less money, you are ripping people off. If the quality of your jewelry is low, but your prices are significantly higher than what people could pay for much nicer stuff if they look around … then you are ripping people off. Look — I believe in caveat emptor (it was in my post), I really do. And I don’t necessarily feel all that sorry for people who come out of a b&m jewelry store having overpaid for a piece of crap … because finding alternatives to that nightmare of a shopping experience is really easy these days. But just because people are stupid and will pay your prices for crappy jewelry because they don’t know any better than to go to the mall doesn’t mean you aren’t ripping people off. It means you are ripping people off and getting away with it. 

    But they probably won’t get away with it for much longer. So many people are buying online now that places like Kay and Jared aren’t going to be able to charge outrageous prices for ugly-ass poorly cut I2 dimaonds anymore. Because … when people see what they got from these jewelers compared to what the could have purchased elsewhere … they feel … yep … you guessed it … ripped off. 

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