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Amazon Deal of The Day has New 2017 Swarovski 525789 Annual Edition Christmas Ornament for $27.50

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Here is a great, detailed review I found on Amazon. I did not write this:

Swarovski changed the Printing on the packaging and the Size of the ornament this year!

ByBlackjackWidowon December 7, 2017

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I rarely write reviews, but feel that I have very pertinent information regarding this year's ornament that could be helpful. I purchased 4 of these ornaments directly from Amazon. I never purchase these ornaments from 3rd party resellers due to the high chance of getting a fake. I've been collecting Swarovski Annual Edition since 1995, and when I opened the box, I immediately thought I had a fake. The ornament is smaller than previous years, not as intricately detailed and the biggest issue for me was the triangular box was printed with "ANNUAL EDITION ORNAMENT 2017". Every genuine annual edition ornament in previous years comes in the box printed with "CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT 2017".

I went to Swarovski's site and did a live chat, and they confirmed that these changes were made this year. Here is the chat record:

17:58 BlackjackWidow: I just received an order of 4 of the 2017 annual edition ornaments. They are a little smaller than previous years, but the size seems to match your description.
However, the boxes are printed "ANNUAL EDITION ORNAMENT 2017". Every single box in my collection from 1992 to present are printed "CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT 2017". Did you change the box printing, or did I receive fakes?
17:59 Genesis Acosta: yes, we did change the print for the box
18:00 BlackjackWidow: Thank you, that is very good to know.
18:01 BlackjackWidow: The ornament is a bit smaller as well, isn't it?
18:01 Genesis Acosta: Correct
18:02 BlackjackWidow: Thank you very much for your help.
18:02 Genesis Acosta: have a great day

The size listed on Swarovski's site is Size: 3 x 2 3/8 x 1/4 inches. This is about 1/4 inch smaller than previous years, and very noticeable to anyone who collects them. They also stopped including the little blue care card in the packaging a couple of years ago, so if you've not purchased one every year, you may have thought it was missing.

Given that I have verified that my ornament is real, not a fake, my actual review is that I am very disappointed in this year's edition. I was less than impressed when they changed their manufacturing process a couple of years ago and started using a "faceted cut" design that was supposed to make the ornaments sparkle more. I believe the ornaments prior to this change caught the light better. I suspect they changed the crystal lead content at that time, because there is no comparison between the earlier versions in terms of beauty.

The ornament this year is smaller, and one dimensional. The design is uninspired, and lacks the many facets that reflect the light so brilliantly in Swarovski crystal. I believe the company is reducing the quality and really "called it in" this year due to the fact that so many people collect these now, they have a market that will buy them regardless. I'm going to have to think about continuing this practice myself, because even at a discount, I'm not sure I want to lay out that much cash on something that doesn't bring me the amount of joy I used to get for myself and to give as gifts to my children.

I'm giving 3 stars, because if you have nothing to compare it with, you'll probably really like this ornament. I would actually give 2.5 stars if I could. I hope that Swarovski rethinks its strategy on these cost saving measures. They are causing a lot of strife with long time customers, as evidenced by the many reviews convinced that they got fakes. There should never be any doubt if you actually received a genuine Swarovski crystal ornament. This in itself speaks volumes.
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I buy these every year to collect and this is the best price I've ever seen before Chrsitmas. Costsco had them for $50 a few weeks ago but this is a steal!

And it's my 1st deal post so please be nice Smilie


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NAL124Z
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This one is shipped and sold by Amazon themselves. Not a third party seller. It's legit. There are third party sellers that some reviewers bought from.
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Cheaper than Jomashop
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I buy these every year to collect and this is the best price I've ever seen before Chrsitmas. Costsco had them for $50 a few weeks ago but this is a steal!

And it's my 1st deal post so please be nice Smilie


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NAL124Z
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Legit bought it from Costco last night. Will be returning to store as i just purchased from here.Thanks!
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Did anyone read the reviews for this.... most all say it is fake. At least with store like Costco you are sure it is real.
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Did anyone read the reviews for this.... most all say it is fake. At least with store like Costco you are sure it is real.
This one is shipped and sold by Amazon themselves. Not a third party seller. It's legit. There are third party sellers that some reviewers bought from.
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Better read the reviews, 29% 1 star. Screaming FAKE.
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This was posted about a week ago with the same exact comments as the above. I will find a link to the post.

Seems shady.

edit: someone found it above.
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"Ships from and sold by Amazon.com"

Since its from Amazon, not a third-party seller, do you think it's real? I guess what I'm saying is, what is the risk? Also, can I return it for free if it's fake?
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If you're concerned about fakes, one option is to buy from Costco and file a price match claim with your credit card company (e.g., Citi Price Rewind). I bought two last week and that's what I did since I don't want to waste time with a return/re-buy.

The other bonus of going this route is you get it right away rather than having to wait for Amazon to ship it (if you don't have Prime that could take awhile).
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check out the 1 star review before you click submit order
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I'm pretty sure this was around 32$ a couple of weeks ago
Lowest price I've seen on this
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For those concerned about the title on the box, the Swarovski website calls this the Annual Edition Ornament 2017. The website also has the dimensions.

https://www.swarovski.com/Mob_US/...lsrc=aw.ds
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