Did you ever buy those $10 watches on a cruise and give them as gifts ?

you should be ashamed of yourselves Happy. It's ok to use it for yourself, but to give it as a gift.......for shame Wink.

Seriously, we were on one cruise and I bought one for work. I'm in construction and can be rough on watches. Anyway, this one couple at our table was saying how they bought like 10 of these watches and figured that they would be perfect for some upcoming birthdays and Christmas. None of the other couples said anything out loud, but the silence said so much.

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The topic line got my attention and I was going to add a message like... "only a cheap b*st*rd would do that". :)

I was going to use the same words, but I thought some people might take it the wrong way.

I had never bought any of those, but on one cruise my watch battery died, the ship jewelry shop did not sell batteries so when in a port in Mexico I bought a "Genuine replica" watch for $ 20.00. It looked good and it keeps perfect time, I was going to through it out when I got home but ended up liking it. I have now had it for about 20 years. I have worn it when doing yard work, working on a car or working on the house. It has been beat up but keeps working. I also used it when I took the subway to work so I would not wear a good watch on the Los Angeles subway.

I would never give such a tacky gift. A friend of mine did buy a $10.00 watch on a cruise and the band broke before the cruise was over.

I have never bought a 10 dollar watch. I spent $20 once.,would never give one of those for a gift. When I got home my brother shattered his watch. I gave him the 20 to get him to when he buys a new one. That was 5 years ago he hasn't bought a watch yet

I figure if you're going to give one of those watches as a gift, you probably aren't as close to your friends or relatives as you think. BUT!!!!!, do you think any of those people would re-gift those watches ??????? How funny would that be ??????

I've bought them for myself, but not as gifts.

I do admit to having purchased a couple of the $19.99 watch sets for myself. You know the ones they claim are worth $89.99 or $99.99 depending on the cruise line. I think that they are probably worth much less than the $19.99 they sell for on board. I have seen many passengers purchasing so many of them that they couldn't hold them all.

As for the $10 watches, I do not even look at them. My sister bought one for herself and before the cruise was even over the battery died. The ship said that they didn't carry extra batteries. She was out of luck.

In NY, on the subways, we would often buy watches for $1. They were good for work, especially if you were on a real dirty job. These things could run 5 minutes fast every day, so you'd have to reset them every morning. Of course you never replaced the batteries, they cost $3. You would just wait til you saw the guy again. We also have guys that make a living selling work gloves out of a cart. All different kinds, all different prices. They just show up every week at the gate. Guys walk off the job when they need a pack or six of decent gloves at a good price. My wife would laugh when I would say, I have a glove guy, a sock guy, or a knife guy.


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