I am completely out of my element here, but several threads have implied that it’s worth asking about. On preview the details below are probably in the TLDR category, so the short version is that I’m looking to spend a grand or so online on a Ladie’s Longines watch—anything I need to know?
It has to be Longines—Mrs. Dvl doesn’t really have brand preferences, for some reason this one has stuck. She’s never owned one and she’s not a watch person (the only other watch she’s owned is a Cartier), but over the years I’ve heard her mention a couple times that it’s one of those “someday I’d like to own” things.
My budget is about a grand +/- a few hundred. I’ve just begun pricing them out, and sometimes I think this will be enough, sometimes I choke a bit and think “someday” may have to wait a few more years.
It’s a surprise, which adds a couple constraints. Mrs. Dvl and I work together out of a home office, just had a little Dude, and are veritably inseparable otherwise (i.e., we pretty much run all our errands together). This means no sneaking out for a day’s shopping adventure, so I have to rely/trust an Internet merchant. Who?
Which adds another bit of complication—because it’s a surprise, I can’t just put it on one of our cards. The risk is small, but not too small so I’d rather avoid it if I can. I can duck out to the bank or post office for a check/money order. If I can sneak into a Target, do they sell those temporary Visa cards? Can I put the whole amount on them? Can I do everything online in a few steps in one go (i.e., fill the watch shopping cart, go to Target and buy the card for the right amount, then use the card at the watch store)? I’m pretty sure if she notices the Target buy I can pass it off as “oh, I ordered some supplies and mumble mumble hey look at the puppy! mumble mumble.”
It’s got to be returnable/exchangeable. I know her style very well and have heard enough comments to be sure I’ll be spot on, but you never know. Wasn’t there a Pit thread not too long ago about a problematic merchant? I’d really like to avoid that.
Lastly there’s time. Probably not a big deal on the Internet, but I’ve got to have it within the next week and a half.
So… buying a Longines watch. Better merchants? Subtle differences to watch (heh) out for?