That is the price (shipping, tax and post office charges included) I paid for the above Seiko watch on eBay. Before going for this online purchase, I wandered a bit in some shops to have a look and also, to see if it was really worth to pay some extra bucks by grabbing it from Mauritius itself. Shocked is not the right word to describe the feeling when you hear the local prices.
In a particularly famous shop here, a Tissot watch starts as from Rs18,000 while a Seiko is sold as from Rs11,000. As for Casio, you can get a relatively above average watch for about Rs5,000.
Now, hold on tight to your chair.
Just to give you an idea, the same advertised Tissot watch is available for $250 on eBay (approx Rs8,500 – all charges incl.) and for a relatively similar Seiko model, the price tag as from $150 (approx Rs 5,000 – all charges incl.). I do not know how to call this over-priced practice (even after considering that they need to make profits) but truly, eBay offers you the same watch at nearly 1/2 the Mauritian price!
The choice is now yours. I made mine.
- FYI, there isn’t any duty on watches. You only need to pay 15% vat and the postal office charges.
More details on my eBay post.
- Similar post, Price of cameras in Mauritius.