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Best place to Buy an online Diamond?


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Hakechrr,

 

It will depend on what you consider to be 'best'. Not all sites sell the same sorts fo things, they don't all have the same rules regarding payment, returns, upgrades, etc. Can you tell us a little more about what you're hoping to end up with?

 

Kevin C.

 

What's your connection to the website you list in your signature?

 

Neil

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Kevin C.

 

What's your connection to the website you list in your signature?

 

Neil

 

It looks like we have our first banned user. The website listed on his signature is another of these so-called information sites.

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I thought I recognized the quality of advice on that site. :D

 

Hakechrr,

 

This all may seem like a distraction from your original question but it’s actually quite important. If you’re going to solicit ‘free’ advice from strangers, it’s very important to be aware that all opinions are not equally reliable and that they many not all be in your best interest at all. When you find a dealer that you are considering, investigate the dealer first, before you seriously consider buying ANYTHING from them. Read their policies carefully, especially the ones involving payment procedures and returns. Check with the BBB and JVC for complaints. Read their educational content and, if you find inaccuracies, especially ones that lead you towards buying from them, avoid the site entirely. Come to the forum here with specific questions about the dealer your considering or about whether something they’ve said seems questionable and you want to check up on it. Use the search box on the forum (near the bottom of the page) to search for posts containing their name. Do a ‘whois’ search on their URL and see how long they’ve been in business and make sure this matches what they say in their content.

 

Take with a grain of salt the 'free' advice available on the internet, even including this site. Read what they say carefully and compare it to what you're reading elsewhere. Pay attention to discrepancies that you find. Figure out how everyone is being paid for their advice. Free is NEVER really free. For example, the site here gets paid by advertising revenue from the database and referral revenue from some of the links. I get paid by charging people for appraisals and this serves as advertising for me. Others experts here are dealers who would be thrilled if you would buy something from them. There's lots of choices and there's nothing wrong with any of these things but you should beware of advisors who are hiding their own agendas. You can bet that it's not going to turn out to be in your best interest.

 

The right dealer can go a long way to making the diamond shopping experience a pleasant one and it’s a mistake to start out assuming that diamonds are all commodities and that the only important differences are the price and what appears on the lab report. The best deals are usually NOT the ones that are advertised with the rock bottom price.

 

Neil

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