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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Furniture Shopping


Sales Tactics!

You walk into a furniture store and are greeted by a sales person almost immediately. After walking around the store and finally showing interest in a particular item, you hear that it just happnes to be on sale. The sale ends in the next 24-48 hours so buying this weekend is essential to save hundreds of dollars!
No... there is no sale. The sales person knows the chance of you returning is not likely so they need to strike while the iron is hot.
They want you to believe that you must make a decision now so you can save hundreds of dollars!
Do not fall for these sales tactics. Jot down the maufacturer and product number. Take the needed time to go home and conduct research online for pricing. You will be better armed to go back to the store and let them know you have already found the item for less money. Ask the sales person to throw in free shipping and pay the taxes for you. Let them know you expect their best price regardless if you purchase today or 3 weeks from today. Get their best price in writing with the sales reps name and date.
I don't blame sales people who need to receive a salary and eat for using these tactics but you can go in better informed and prepared.
Be absolutely sure to zero in on a delivery date and never leave it hanging. Furniture stores are famous for not delivering on time! Telling you 2-3 weeks for delivery can easily turn into 2-3 months. Do not allow that to happen to you. Be very specific and upfront about your delivery date need and have it in writing. Do not fall for the " we seem to have plenty of stock so I don't anticipate a problem" routine. Agree on a date and get it in writing, with your ability to cancel your order and get your money back, should they not deliver your furniture on time. 
Keep in mind that your furniture will seem to be much larger and take up more room in your home due to the items appearing smaller on a large showroom floor. Take measurements!


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