- Dec 31, 1999
Great thread Lawmax!
I originally went online to acquire information regarding diamonds with the intention of purchasing from a B&M. I had no idea that this website, DT or internet vendors existed. After acquiring more knowledge than my brain can sometimes handle, I really started to feel that purchasing online might be the way to go. This was especially supported by certain vendors who went the extra mile to both provide information as well as support and guidance to potential purchasers. I also felt that I started to "know" certain vendors and could trust them. Also, knowing that there were many, many other people who had purchased from certain vendors helped.
I came very close to purchasing from an online broker but did not when they were unable to provide me with the images and recommendations that I wanted on a particular stone. When you are looking for 2.0 carats, you want more than numbers and I also did not want to pay s/h without more info. This made me realize that I needed to purchase from someone who could provide me with images and gadget info. This alleviates some concerns in not being able to see the stone.
I must mention though, that if I could find someone locally who could provide the service, return policy, upgrade policy and be within a reasonable $$ of internet prices + come highly recommended I would probably use them. I just have not found anybody like that so I feel more comfortable purchasing online.
Oh .........and CUT has become all important thanks to the internet information.