If what you’re really interested in is furniture, you can always wait it out or be an intelligent shopper. Here are a few tips to assure that you get the best bang for your buck.
Figure out what you need/like first.
Put your budget aside and figure out what you are ultimately looking for. Note dimensions, think of the style and colours, and then find the pieces you love that would work in your space – even if they are out of your budget. This will give you a better idea of what to shop for and it will narrow down the selection for you.
Do your homework.
You can save A LOT of time by shopping online. If you’re not entirely comfortable with an online purchase, browse the websites of local stores. By checking out what each store has to offer before hand, you will know if they carry what you are looking for before even leaving your house. Another advantage of doing your homework is that you will gain a greater education of what things really cost. Crate and Barrel, Structube, Avenue Design, EQ3, IKEA all have online shops where you can find the majority, if not all, of what they carry.
It’s not over once you’ve found the big winner. Realize that furniture manufacturers are rarely exclusive to one retailer, so what you can find at one store, you can find at others and online. Some stores will hide the manufacturer of their furniture very well to avoid you shopping around. Your first step is to find out who makes the piece; just ask the salesperson, you’re entitled to know. Then you can find out who else carries that supplier locally and even online.
Don’t be shy to negotiate.
If I can find the same item online, I will often take a print screen to the local retailer to see how they can compare. Your negotiation tools can then be whether or not they are willing to price match and always ask for them to include the cost of delivery before you close the deal. It never hurts to ask. No one will judge you for trying to get a better deal, as long as you’re not pushy or rude. The salesperson will not go lower than what they are comfortable with.
Consider whether it’s worth it to buy online.
In many situations, the exact same item can be priced higher at local stores than what’s available online. What you need to watch out for is currency, shipping cost (including duties), delays, and what …