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: Any comments on the debate?
The problem I have with the gray market is that the watch manufacturers treat the consumer as the criminal! The villain (as such) in this situation is not the consumer, it is the authorized dealers that violate their contracts with the watch manufacturers.
Is is an abominable business practice for watch manufacturers to penalize the consumer over the manufacturers' inability to control their authorized dealers who breach their contracts.
In most cases, people simply buy watches where the seller and price appeal to them. Consumers should never be asked to understand the problems and failings in the manufacturer's supply chain in order to make a safe purchase. Watch makers should stand behind their products, police their own supply chains, and NEVER penalize consumers that don't 'understand how we do things' in the watch industry.