Some places to purchase inexpensive watches online include auction and classified advertising sites such as eBay, Craigslist and Amazon. To purchase affordable watches in person, one should visit thrift stores, pawn shops, Goodwill and department stores like Wal-Mart and Target, according to the Gentlemen's Gazette. These locations may sell affordable new watches or inexpensive previously-owned watches from respected watch brands such as Timex and Casio.
The biggest collections of low-budget watches for sale are on online trader sites such as eBay and Craigslist. Sites like these allow users to search through advertisements of used watches, and these watches are typically sold at a fraction of in-store prices. The risk that online buyers run is that they may never be able to inspect the watch before purchasing it, which means the watch could have scratch marks or be defective in some way.
Thrift stores and stores such as Goodwill are another resource for affordable watches. Many workers at these stores do not know the value of potentially rare or highly sought-after watches, which means they may price the watch much lower than what it would typically sell for, according to the Gentleman's Gazette. Finally, department stores like Wal-Mart often have watch models from brands like Seiko and Timex that are affordable for the general population.