- 7 years ago
This sounds like an odd question. While I love a good budget buy, I also realize that saving money doesn’t always get you the best value for your money.
I wasn’t looking for a ring when I stumbled across one in a store rather unexpectedly that caught my attention. It’s not a traditional engagement ring, but a diamond fashion ring.
The saleswoman was obviously very attentive once my mom walked up told her that this could be an engagement ring shopping expedition, but it was good attentive rather than smothering. She gave me some legitimately good advice in trying on something traditional, something closer to what I had previously imagined, and some different rings that I never would have thought to try. When I said I didn’t see myself with traditional, she knew how and where to push the envelope of how different I would go, and really got the right balance. Even when the ring was a “miss” for an engagement ring, there were clear qualities I liked in everything she pulled for me. Ultimately, I walked out having seen about four rings that would really make me happy to wear for the rest of my life with one that was a pretty clear favorite.
Since we were wasting time waiting to meet someone for dinner, my mom encouraged me to visit other jewelry stores and just see what they had. Even when I did want to try something on, no other salesperson really seemed to pick up on what I was saying about ring styles. They might have pulled one ring that was headed in the right direction, but it would be alongside three or four clear misses.
This week, I stumbled across the first ring that really grabbed my attention online at a jeweler that I despise just on advertisements alone. I recognize that this isn’t rational, but I really hate the idea of having to answer any questions about where it came from if it were purchased there. Except, it’s $400 cheaper than the store with the great saleswoman who really “got” me.
Now, I have not been in the store that features the commercials I irrationally hate, so I don’t know how the customer service would be for me. But, it’s $400 cheaper. However, their website also lists a “maximum size” for the ring that’s smaller than my ring size while the woman at the great jewelry store said they could definitely size the ring to fit. So I know absolutely that the first store is willing to work with me, while I might need to push the cheaper store into it.
So, when I get up the nerve to point out the ring to my other half, should I tell him about the cheapest location to find the favorite ring or just send him straight to the store with the best service where I know the woman will lead him in the right direction no matter what style of ring he wants to consider?
As it is, the favorite ring is only about $2,100 at the most expensive store with the great customer service, so we’re not talking an upper end price that breaks the bank (or at least his bank account which can definitely afford it). Do you think that $400 is worth the increased level of service, assuming you can afford it?
I should add that while we can afford the $400, it’s not like we throw that kind of money around without thinking about it.