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by Bylo Selhi
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Canadian Vanguard Equivalents
Replies: 5
Views: 882

Re: Canadian Vanguard Equivalents

Ok so what brokerage firm can a Canadian citizen and Canadian resident open in Canada to obtain something like a fidelity or vanguard or Schwab S&P500 index fund? None. Canadians aren't allowed to invest in US-domiciled mutual funds. Our only option is ETFs. Some history, if you're so inclined: Buy...
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 8 days in Poland - suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 1157

Re: 8 days in Poland - suggestions?

Theseus wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:06 am
So you just rent a bicycle and take it up with you in the train? Are you allowed to take the bike on the train?
Generally yes. See Your bicycle on the train. Some buses in areas that are popular with cyclists even have trailers for carrying bikes.
by Bylo Selhi
Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 8 days in Poland - suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 1157

Re: 8 days in Poland - suggestions?

Actually it's more of a Germany than Austria. It is a hotel to hotel hike with luggage transfer. I am doing Salzalpensteig trail starting at Lake Chiemesee. Below is the itinerary. Prien Bernau Marquartstein Reit im Winkl Rudolphing Inzell Bad Reichenhall Schonau That's a beautiful area to be sure....
by Bylo Selhi
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 8 days in Poland - suggestions?
Replies: 15
Views: 1157

Re: 8 days in Poland - suggestions?

I have 8 days in Poland in the first week of October. This is right after my 8 day hike in Austria If you're into hiking, especially in the mountains, I'd suggest splitting your visit between Krakow and a few days in Zakopane in the Tatras. There's both bus and train service between the two out of ...
by Bylo Selhi
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Google sheets not pulling stock prices
Replies: 36
Views: 5266

Re: Google sheets not pulling stock prices

My portfolio spreadsheet uses googlefinance() to pull stock prices, but for some reason it's now showing BND as Purpose Tactical Inv Grade Bond ETF, which is actually BND-T. Very frustrating. Anyone else seeing this? Have you experimented with Morningstar using the IMPORTXML function as @walletless...
by Bylo Selhi
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 768
Views: 82425

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Killing Eve on BBC America. Stars Sandra Oh from Gray's Anatomy as a Brit spy. It is based on the Villanelle novels by Luke Jennings. Villanelle (pun?) is played by Jodie Comer. Season 1 just ended. Season 2 has been ordered. Lots of violence, bad language, and surprises. +1 Superb acting by both O...
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reading glasses for driving
Replies: 11
Views: 910

Re: Reading glasses for driving

I would just get progressive lenses. You would just have a very mild nearsighted prescription in them along with your farsighted prescription. Eye exams are cheap and can be obtained easily at big box stores. Get your prescription glasses online to save money (should be less than $50). I might get ...
by Bylo Selhi
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walking Coast-to-Coast
Replies: 86
Views: 6945

Re: Walking Coast-to-Coast

I just returned last week from a Coast-to-Coast walk, Pacific to the Atlantic. I succeeded and survived. Wow! And congratulations! I just completed a somewhat shorter coast-to-coast walk in June, Alfred Wainwright's classic Coast to Coast across England. That was a rather grueling ~200 miles over a...
by Bylo Selhi
Sun May 27, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Please Try Out Test Posts Here
Replies: 231
Views: 191248

Re: Please Try Out Test Posts Here

Note that it's not necessary to use hexadecimal RGB specifications to set colors. You can also use a more convenient form--the color's name, e.g. [color=blue]Color Blue[/color] [color=red]Color Red[/color] [color=green]Color Green[/color] [color=yellow]Color Yellow[/color] [color=orange]Color Orange...
by Bylo Selhi
Wed May 09, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas Fireplace - Shut off pilot light during warm months??
Replies: 32
Views: 29244

Re: Gas Fireplace - Shut off pilot light during warm months??

This past winter one of my neighbors mentioned that he was thankful for the battery backup during a bad storm so he could at least stay warm by huddling in front of the fireplace. Some gas fireplaces are fan-less, using convection currents to circulate warm air. We have one of those. I can confirm ...
by Bylo Selhi
Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 193
Views: 15718

Re: BH travel tips?

If your activities simply require actual hiking boots, actual waterproof clothing, storm gear, etc. then you are very possibly not going to carry on. Not only that, but if you're doing that sort of activity then you're probably also bringing stuff like a pocket knife, hiking poles(*), etc. that you...
by Bylo Selhi
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 193
Views: 15718

Re: BH travel tips?

Here are mine that haven't shown up yet: Rome2Rio.com Great way to find out how to get from one place to another, via all available modes of transportation. An even better source for rail transportation is The Man in Seat Sixty-One . . . . This offers many money-saving tips for buying rail tickets ...
by Bylo Selhi
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 193
Views: 15718

Re: BH travel tips?

By the same token, if you carry "Let's Go" you will spend most of your travels in restrooms. :D Also, travel has been greatly enhanced by Uber and AirBnB. They should create a shared toilet service in tourist destinations where bushes are not an option. Which raises another travel tip. Overseas it'...
by Bylo Selhi
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 193
Views: 15718

Re: BH travel tips?

manuelku wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:30 pm
After ahem getting started I noticed there was no paper in the stall. However I had a frommer's italy book...
Good thing it wasn't an, ahem, Rough guide ;)
by Bylo Selhi
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 193
Views: 15718

Re: BH travel tips?

The compass you have linked is not available on the REI site. Perhaps you meant this one ? A minor digression: The thermometer on this and similar zipper pulls is useless in practice. They're normally so close to your body that their readings are significantly higher than ambient temperature. Note ...
by Bylo Selhi
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 193
Views: 15718

Re: BH travel tips?

In most European cities the hotels won't give you a room until mid-afternoon, so the time between an early morning arrival and hotel room availability is mostly consumed with finding an off-airport ATM to withdraw local currency and enjoying a long, relaxing lunch. Related tips: 1. European hotels ...
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mozart in the morning, please
Replies: 18
Views: 2491

Re: Mozart in the morning please

Any other solutions? 1. Something like Alarm Clock Xtreme + Free Sleep Tracker and Timer for your smartphone/tablet. 2. Many smart watches have a built-in music player. I don't know if any have a feature that lets you select the music to play when the alarm goes off. Admittedly both options trade o...
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH travel tips?
Replies: 193
Views: 15718

Re: BH travel tips?

Exxoficio underwear. Only 2 pairs needed. Hand wash and very quick dry. Also use wicking shirts. 1. This applies in general to synthetic (as opposed to cotton) fabrics, e.g. also socks, shirts, pants, etc. 2. Hang wet/damp clothes in the shower overnight to dry. 3. Bring along a couple of lightweig...
by Bylo Selhi
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Replacement for Google Finance price quote function
Replies: 81
Views: 13293

Re: Replacement for Google Finance price quote function

munemaker wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:24 pm
Why the snarky reply?
My apologies. No snarkyness was intended towards anyone. The P.S. was meant as a general joke to those who felt inconvenienced by the glitch.
by Bylo Selhi
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Replacement for Google Finance price quote function
Replies: 81
Views: 13293

Re: Replacement for Google Finance price quote function

I really don’t need my price information to be that up-to-date. Agreed. What's more, this was a temporary glitch whereas Yahoo's feed stopped working altogether. Other websites go down too from time to time. It happens. P.S. If the people who were inconvenienced as a result of Google's recent data ...
by Bylo Selhi
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3651
Views: 1037617

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

VictoriaF wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:20 am
The Death of Stalin...
In case you haven't already seen it, World War Two: Behind Closed Doors—Stalin, the Nazis and the West.
by Bylo Selhi
Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2018 BOGLEHEADS CONFERENCE SOLD OUT
Replies: 113
Views: 26354

Re: 2018 BOGLEHEADS CONFERENCE SOLD OUT

Mel et al, I have previously attended and thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned lots. The small group size is a plus for this event. Having said that and given the quick sellout the past few years and the large and growing size of the Bogleheads community, might I suggest for future events some con...
by Bylo Selhi
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: 2018 BOGLEHEADS CONFERENCE SOLD OUT
Replies: 113
Views: 26354

Re: 2018 BOGLEHEADS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

Wow! "You snooze, you lose" sets a new record.

Please add me to the waiting list. Thanks... Bylo

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by Bylo Selhi
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: manual typewriters?
Replies: 43
Views: 2463

Re: manual typewriters?

Maybe Tom Hanks could give some advice? A must-see for anyone with an interest in typewriters: CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sa...
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Niagara falls US side
Replies: 27
Views: 1913

Re: Niagara falls US side

Niagara Falls is a different experience this time of year and especially this colder-than-usual year, compared to the other seasons.

See e.g. See Niagara Falls Covered in Ice: 'Absolutely Beautiful' and Why Niagara Falls isn't frozen and will likely never freeze completely.
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Canadian Vanguard Equivalents
Replies: 5
Views: 882

Re: Canadian Vanguard Equivalents

Another indispensable site for Canadian investors who want to follow Bogle's philosophy of simplicity, passivity and low costs: Canadian Couch Potato. In particular check out the new Vanguard One-ETF Solutions.
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can non US citizen create corporation in US to invest in vanguard
Replies: 39
Views: 3896

Re: Can non US citizen create corporation in US to invest in vanguard

I'm late to the discussion so pardon any repetition... Re non-US holdco, you have to investigate the cost of set up and annual costs of filing corporate tax returns. The tax treatment of investment income (and any US tax withheld at source) may vary between securities owned personally and those owne...
by Bylo Selhi
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 12182

Re: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website

I do not see why it would matter. Quicken 2016 is not a subscription product, and Quicken’s Discontinuation Policy does not change. In the past Quicken/Intuit made minor changes to data file format during the installation/conversion process of every year's version. This made it impossible to use th...
by Bylo Selhi
Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 12182

Re: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website

Basically you can manually enter data via keyboard only... Depending on what formats your bank/brokerage can download in, you may be able to convert it into something Quicken can import. That's still a manual process but at least you can semi-automate batches of transactions rather than keying each...
by Bylo Selhi
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 12182

Re: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website

I don't think it would stop right away. I was unable to connect with my bank before because my version was too old. I discovered that I had to be using either the current version or one version prior. My guess then is that unless Quicken can go back later and limit your software the ability to down...
by Bylo Selhi
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 12182

Re: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website

So, as a Quicken newbie, what happens if the Account duration is reset to 90 days ? Actually 60 days, "Duration: Feb 04 2018 – Apr 06 2018." Does that mean that after 90 days, a user wouldn't be able to do automatic downloads from brokerages, but would have to enter transactions/holdings manually ?...
by Bylo Selhi
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 12182

Re: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website

Edit: my Quicken still says it expires in 2023. Mine too. There seems to be some confusion about this on Quicken ID, My Account: 1. The PLAN DETAILS section shows "Duration: Feb 04 2018 – Feb 05 2023 ." 2. But the Your Purchases section shows: QUICKEN PREMIER 2018 DIRECT DOWNLOAD 5YR Platform: N/A ...
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 12182

Re: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website

The party is about to end. From Quicken's support website:
Quicken Tyka, Official Rep wrote: Thank you for notifying us of the issue! We are working on getting this resolved.
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 12182

Re: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website

I'm betting they all get reduced to 1-year. That way they can say you have nothing to complain about because you still got something for free. Agreed. That would be the most professional way to do it. Meanwhile, the execs will be doing a Snoopy dance because they will have added a few hundred thous...
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern
Replies: 516
Views: 74617

Re: Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern

LadyGeek wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:01 am
The discussion on Quicken's free 5-year subscription is here: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website

Use this thread to discuss Quicken's future direction. It may change after today.
You mean it's not a SuperBowl promotion? :shock: :shock:
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 12182

Re: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website

LadyGeek wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:07 am
I thought about the card expiration date, but I only use one credit card and will probably renew it before the expiration date.
Yabbut the CVV will change on renewal so auto-renew will probably fail unless you also update that.
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 12182

Re: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website

I have auto-renew disabled. I wonder which takes precedence? I'm not sure why that matters. Auto-renew disabled doesn't imply auto-disconnect. If auto-renew is disabled I'd expect them to send a notification at least a month before the subscription ends. Likewise even if auto-renew is enabled but t...
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 12182

Re: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website

However, there is a slight loophole if you purchased a two-year subscription (mostly through Amazon), and then upgraded, it will tack on 5 years after your 2 year subscription ends. Will Quicken survive 7 years, or even 5? As with "lifetime" guarantees it's important to know whose lifetime they mea...
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 12182

Re: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website

Hopeful wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:17 am
People on there are reporting making the "purchase" multiple times to extend their subscription for 5, 10, 15, or 20 or more years. No way quicken is going to allow that. :shock:
Pigs get fat--but hogs get slaughtered.
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 12182

Re: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website

If this is the case then they can just take the subscription service away if its an error, not charge you the amount it should be without you agreeing. IANAL but they made me an offer, I accepted it and I "paid" for it in full. That's a "done deal." They may have a loophole because the amount of "p...
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 12182

Re: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website

Are you saying you downloaded the free Windows version, and it also contained the Mac program? First you "buy" the free version, then go to My Account and download either Windows or Mac version. BTW I was able to "buy" this using a zero-balance prepaid Visa card. Auto-renew won't get too far with t...
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 12182

Re: Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern

Peculiar_Investor wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:30 am
Other Bogleheads were quicker to notice, see viewtopic.php?f=2&t=240469
Thanks. In any case it won't hurt to mention it here too.

Now, do we need a thread on how to make this work in Canada? :mrgreen: :moneybag
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Premier 5-year subscription $0 (free) on quicken website
Replies: 161
Views: 12182

Re: Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern

How about free for 5 years?

5-Years Quicken Premier 2018 (PC Digital Download)

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This is probably an error but it works, at least currently. Note it's a ~275MB download.
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scotland/West Highland Way Sept. 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1125

Re: West Highland Way Sept. 2018

Ben Nevis kills people, every year. The weather there changes very suddenly. Don't let the low elevation or easy terrain by North American or Alpine standards fool you. And not just from cold weather. When we climbed Ben Nevis a few years ago it was during a heat wave and we almost ran out of water...
by Bylo Selhi
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Yahoo Finance no longer works - Alternatives to download securities quotes]
Replies: 287
Views: 48195

Re: Yahoo! Quote Not Working

So far, so good, but at that point, all that happens is that the cell in Libreoffice is a text field that contains the URL - not sure what that is supposed to accomplish. And the URL from google sheets appears to be for the whole sheet AFAIK, not to a specific cell, also, so how is that supposed to...
by Bylo Selhi
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Yahoo Finance no longer works - Alternatives to download securities quotes]
Replies: 287
Views: 48195

Re: [Yahoo Finance no longer works - Alternatives to download securities quotes]

Did anyone find a solution/replacement that works for LibreOffice, as opposed to Excel or Google sheets ? AFAIK you have to use GoogleSheets to inhale NAVs from Google Finance. That's a one-time setup until you change the portfolio composition. Everything else can be done in LibreOffice. See my 09J...
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern
Replies: 516
Views: 74617

Re: Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern

KyleAAA wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:04 am
Are they?
They are (or at least they were in 2016.) I was curious about SimonJester assertion so I Googled and bing:
New Office 365 subscriptions for consumers plunged 62% in 2016.

N.B. the adjectives, new and consumer in CW's headline.
by Bylo Selhi
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: [Yahoo Finance no longer works - Alternatives to download securities quotes]
Replies: 287
Views: 48195

Re: Alternative to Download Quotes into LibreOffice

Someone in the Forum posted instructions how to use GoogleSheets (GoogleFinance) and then link that data from within a LibreOffice sheet Several people contributed to that. I summarized the technique here . Any ideas how to fix this? I import quotes from GoogleSheets into a separate "NAV" sheet (or...
by Bylo Selhi
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern
Replies: 516
Views: 74617

Re: Quicken's future direction - a cause for concern

There are too many bugs/glitches in a product this old in my opinion. When you are introducing few new useful features and breaking old ones it is time to stop. This is why I decided to sever my relationship with Quicken (which goes back to the PC-DOS days.) I'd have no problem paying them a reason...
by Bylo Selhi
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 1115
Views: 271773

Re: Best watch for around $5,000?

Today I wouldn't say Tudor is being marketed as a poor person's Rolex. Please show an example if you have one. (BTW I own both, as do many Rolex owners) Perhaps I shouldn't have said "always," but in the past that was Tudor's reputation. A jeweler would suggest a Tudor only if the customer couldn't...