Montblanc Watches Offically Available To Buy Online

Montblanc Watches Offically Available To Buy Online

Montblanc Watches Offically Available To Buy Online   watch industry news

I was just informed by Montblanc that pretty much all Montblanc products are not available online for sale. I don't think their eCommerce site just launched but is still relatively new. I mention this for a few reason. First, it makes it easier for all people to get Montblanc watches, pens, and other products irrespective of where they live. It also is another win for the effort to sell more high-end items online.

When I first started doing this, it was for the most part considered totally taboo to sell luxury items online. Brands thought that it would cheapen their product and set up warnings online for people to never buy their watches or other goods via the internet. A few years later so much of that is changing, and it is being spearheaded by the major  brands such as I have predicted. The little guys who aren't on board yet will follow suit. It is only a matter of time before you can "officially" buy Rolex and Patek Philippe watches online as well.

Montblanc joins fellow Richemont brand Cartier in offering much of their product range online. The pleasant looking eCommerce site is rather simple and easy to use. Gone is much of the annoying Flash animations and complex UI screens of the past. I am happy that they focused on ergonomics versus some convoluted theatrical eShop platform that might have been expected a few years ago. So check out their eShop if you are interested in Montblanc stuff, here is a direct link to viewing the Montblanc watch collection online.

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13 comments
joyanu
joyanu

really your work is nice

Johnny
Johnny

"Generally, when you buy something online vs. retail, you save money. No salespeople to pay, no lease on your brick&mortor, etc, etc, etc."

Who pays the web designer, host, and webmaster? Does Montblanc operate out of someone's basement or do they rent offices? Where is the product stored, a webserver? What about shipping?

"...and didn’t even open my mouth before it was offered to me at less than the $10,700 shown on the website."

Of course they did; they want you to think you're getting a deal -- one that is only available NOW that you can't find anywhere else! Car dealerships run this game everyday.

"So, same margins on product, but less overhead. Good formula for MB, but no real benefit for the consumer – if I can get an equal or better price in the store, plus I get to try it on before I buy, and I get it that day and don’t have to wait for delivery, then I don’t see the point. "

If there is less overhead, then the margins will be wider. This means more room to wheel-and-deal, which directly translates to consumer leverage.

Yes, you get to try it on....and get an iced cappuccino, and possibly a shoulder rub from the fluffer they keep on staff for customers seeking "a shopping experience".

Anyone slinging enough gold to throw down $10k online will pay for overnight shipping.

But! I digress.

BIG CHRONO
BIG CHRONO

Why not consider Alan Furman in Washington, D.C.? He is a brick & mortar, & online elegant discounter. They're reputable, BBB approved, & carry loads of inventory, including Montblanc. If I wanted a Rolex, or another marque, I would most likely purchase from alanfurman.com. I am not affiliated with, nor receiving compensation.

kris c
kris c

Generally, when you buy something online vs. retail, you save money. No salespeople to pay, no lease on your brick&mortor, etc, etc, etc.

Not so much the case here I see. I was in West Palm Beach last week losing a few balls at PGA National, and I stopped into the MontBlanc store in the mall. I tried on that very Nicolas Rieussec Chrono pictured above, and didn't even open my mouth before it was offered to me at less than the $10,700 shown on the website.

So, same margins on product, but less overhead. Good formula for MB, but no real benefit for the consumer - if I can get an equal or better price in the store, plus I get to try it on before I buy, and I get it that day and don't have to wait for delivery, then I don't see the point.

This is excellent news for those that want MB and have no access to them in a retail environment in their geographical location, but that's about it I guess.

Regardless, love that NR chrono. It wears oh so nicely, and I was an asshair away from walking out with it.

Snow
Snow

you are a fool if you think it costs the same amount to run a website with worldwide access as it does to rent space in prime real estate locations around the world with limited market ranges. and then you go on to assert that if the company is making more money off of each watch because you are paying more despite less overhead cost that this will benefit consumers because larger margins must mean the consumers get better deals. - a business making a greater profit by keeping its prices steady while reducing its costs and offering fewer discounts in no way shape or form guarantees an increase in consumer surplus. i don't know why i even bothered responding to you idiotic comment. maybe its because you berated someone for their "naivety and lack of business sense" when you are clearly a prime example of such qualities.

Greg
Greg

So how do you negotiate on price with a website when they are clearly sticking to the official retail one? Is there some 'try your luck' field where you can go down 20% on retail? We're not talking about a grey market site here.
I think Kris's point was well made and that you are obviously involved in some way with running or designing websites, hence your misplaced desire to jump in and defend this poor little put upon website from a little guy who is just trying to feed his family and make his way in the world......

JasonDunn
JasonDunn

Generally, when companies like this offer their products directly to the customer, they tend to sell for MSRP. (particularly for luxury items where MSRP tends to reflect the highest mark-up on price you will see) The biggest reason for this is to avoid backlash from the retailers who also carry their product. It's considered bad form to undercut your retailers, because they can drop you like a hot potato, and when the majority of your sales come from these establishments it would not be wise to so willingly shoot oneself in one's foot. Direct sales is seen more as a courtesy to customers who don't have reputable dealers in their area for the product who wish to procure it through official channels. It gets the product into more hands, and doesn't set the manufacturer up as a competitor to the very businesses it relies on to succeed.

JohnnyJohnnyJohnny
JohnnyJohnnyJohnny

Reading comprehension is key when taking the time to reply to people. Especially when you want to come off as being smart.

I'm not sure how I can make this any more clear: I'm not arguing online shopping vs. retail in the flesh.

Having said that (again), I hope that you understand that your reply was a waste of both of our time. You put words in my mouth to give yourself an argument.

And for the sake of making you look like a frat boy who drops buzz words to impress his friends, consumer surplus is not the same as consumer leverage.

Less costs = more potential profit. You cannot argue this. More profit = more room to work with your customer. You cannot argue this. Negotiation = consumer leverage. You cannot argue this. Anything deviating from what I've said twice now is directly the result of your poor reading comprehension skills.

No doubt you will reply with more words that I didn't say and more points that I wasn't trying to make.

Carry on!

Johnny
Johnny

I wasn't arguing online shopping vs. shopping in the flesh.

I was making fun of him as a person. Specifically his naivety and lack of business sense.

I apologize, I had no idea he was a little guy who was just trying to feed his family and make his way in the world.

JohnnyJohnnyJohnny
JohnnyJohnnyJohnny

@Kris C

No, I was not comparing the two. (YOU WERE). You made it seem like the costs of doing business online were negligible. I simply listed some.

I hope you realize that your comment is in direct contrast to your original one. If you cannot compare the two....why did you do it? Haha.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Wow, you're a turd.

You feel e naivety and a lack of business sense, yet you are comparing retail costs to that of web development and hosting? Please - you'e obviously the one with a large lack of knowledge. The cost structures for those 2 cannot be compared fairly, it is enormously more expensive to have a retail store than it is to run a website.

But as Greg accurately stated, this is probably the business you are in, and as such I do sympathize.

Johnny
Johnny

Yes, the point was to be an ass.

Dean Grant Baker
Dean Grant Baker

you are a fool johnny and know squat all about retail or watches. and you are an ass --- ta boot --- keep embarrassing yourself. good job.