Sales tactics.

Huggles

VIP Shopper
Watching Gemporia as there’s very little on these days and I am shocked and surprised at the prices, seems to be selling, though. My taste has changed and gemstone jewellery is not my thing anymore. I can’t believe people are paying extortionate prices for such cheap looking settings. The statement ‘This is the previous closing price’ seems to be mentioned quite often. When I pick my jaw up off the ground at this extortionate price, I then see this price then drops by a couple of hundred, but even then the end sales price is still beyond belief. Is this previous closing price when it was on the wheel and nobody in their right mind would pay for it, allowing them to describe it as a previous closing price? Are they using this as a sales tactic? Seems to work, but if I had that kind of money I would rather buy a classier design than these dated, old fashioned settings. A boulder opal bracelet I bought several years ago for £300 is now on their site for £1500 😳 Wow! Thank goodness I bought my jewellery at much better prices back in the day.
 

donna255

VIP Shopper
The padding out of showing the experts telling us how this gem is going for $$$$$$ in the Hong Kong gem fair, then showing a high-end jeweller which has much higher gold weight and a bigger stone and comparing to what they are selling. It is just so silly when they insist their price is like the greatest thing and no it is overpriced. Every hour is like 40 minutes of them talking to whoever and then finally start actually selling something. Let us not forget the perfume, candles, scarves, bath and body stuff.

Like you, Huggles I have rings brought way back before 2009 and the gold weight is good now they charge the same for gems set in silver oh and zircon, not diamonds. I have some blue zircon rings bought for around £40 or lower now they insist this is so rare and charge 3 times the price with tiny gold weight or just silver.
 

Huggles

VIP Shopper
I bought so many rare stones in simple settings with diamonds, in 18ct gold, such as Russian Alexandrite, Pariaba tourmaline, from Brazil, and natural, pink diamonds way back. At least when I bought them they were honest enough to talk about treatments. I find now there’s very little information on treatment and grading of opals and diamonds especially, you really need to know your stuff to get a deal now. The resale value is all about the gold weight as there is no prestige in owning these designs now, have worn them on special occasions and draws attention, especially the Pariaba. Wear them in the house now just for the hell of it 😊 how times have changed for Gems TV 😐
 

VapidStoat

Active member
Gemporia has been criticised a lot for the lack of gold used in their jewellery, especially their rings. Check out Gemporia's reviews on Trustpilot: as well as long term Gems customers criticising the quality of the gems in items they've bought, they have also stated that the items have so little gold that it's like foil. Some people have even had their rings' bands snap just through short term normal wear.

Gemporia's excuse is that people are really paying for the gems, and not the rings' settings. Which is bloody stupid when they make such a big deal about only setting gems in precious metal. Not to mention the fact while that Gemporia mention gem treatments in small print on screen, presenters never actually discuss them at all.

So while you may be enamoured of your 14ct mystic topaz, it's not worth as much as you think because it's coated and not intrinsically coloured. Nor do Gemporia (on screen or online) state how stable or long-lasting their gem treatments are
 

donna255

VIP Shopper
Agree, I have seen like 14ct amethyst ring with a gold weight of 1.14 grams! The band will bend so easily and that size of gem with it stupid as most of that was just the crown! I remember years ago someone on here telling others 1.50 or 1.40 grams gold weight is the lowest you should go for a ring and that is not even for everyday wear. The rings I bought years back are all over 2 grams gold and one is even 4 grams! Oh, it is not a massive stone either it is rose de France with some small pink sapphires on the shoulders.
 

Susie Wusie

VIP Shopper
I am sick to death of some of the presenters who go absolutely wild when they see the final price, they can't believe it, especially when they say it's gone below the cost-price, yes of course it has, we're all stupid and we all believe that, NOT. Some of the females get so ecstatic when they see the final price they toss their hair ,screaming out loud, their arms are flailing ,I'm surprised they don't wet themselves with excitement and am I impressed, no I'm not!! They cannot believe the price has gone so low, it wasn't meant too, they hope they're not going to get the fired because of this but grab it quick while there's this mistake, yeah. Idiots.
 

Naheed

New member
Watching Gemporia as there’s very little on these days and I am shocked and surprised at the prices, seems to be selling, though. My taste has changed and gemstone jewellery is not my thing anymore. I can’t believe people are paying extortionate prices for such cheap looking settings. The statement ‘This is the previous closing price’ seems to be mentioned quite often. When I pick my jaw up off the ground at this extortionate price, I then see this price then drops by a couple of hundred, but even then the end sales price is still beyond belief. Is this previous closing price when it was on the wheel and nobody in their right mind would pay for it, allowing them to describe it as a previous closing price? Are they using this as a sales tactic? Seems to work, but if I had that kind of money I would rather buy a classier design than these dated, old fashioned settings. A boulder opal bracelet I bought several years ago for £300 is now on their site for £1500 😳 Wow! Thank goodness I bought my jewellery at much better prices back in the day.
Hi Huggles,
I agree with you. This is the age of dearness. The same jewelry item has different rates at different malls and markets. There's no increase in quality but rates. One is surprised when one sees the people paying heavy amounts for so cheap a thing.
 

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