If you’re shopping for furniture, you’re in for a shock. Furniture pieces are expensive! What’s more, you have to deal with some sneaky sales tactics. You may end up spending way too much on furniture or endure a nightmare once they’re delivered to your home.
To avoid these problems, here are some tips to remember:
- Don’t believe the price tags. And if you see that they’re offering a special “50% discount”, that doesn’t mean anything either. That only probably only means that the price tags were too high in the first place.
So when you find a piece of furniture you like, you should go online and check for the prices that other sites are offering. Use your smartphone, and show it to the sales agent if their prices are too high. That may motivate them to cut their prices down even further.
- Be wary of “interest-free financing”. On the face of it, this seems like a good deal. You can pay for the furniture for a certain period of time, and you don’t pay interest. But the problem is that to avoid paying interest, you have to pay off the entire cost of the furniture during the free period. Once that free period is over, the interest rate may reach as high as 30% per year.
In some cases, they may even ask for minimum payments during the free period, and those payments don’t add up to the total cost of the furniture. That guarantees that you will end up paying exorbitant interest rates in the end.
- Make sure you know the total cost. You may have to pay for delivery, and then you also have to factor in the tips you give to those who do the heavy lifting when they deliver your furniture. So you need to discuss the price of delivery before you buy, and not after.
- Check that the size works for you. Before going to a furniture shop, measure your space with a tape measure. Then measure the item you’re buying so you know it fits.
- Go high quality or go cheap. In the end, you have 2 basic ways of buying furniture. One method is to buy an expensive high quality piece, which can last for a lifetime.
Or you can go the other way, and buy really cheap pieces which can last a year or two before you have to replace them. A cheap temporary table can give you 1 year, and you can just throw them away when they break down.
The worst mistake is to get a “somewhat nice” table. You’ll probably end up paying too much, for something that does not really look great and won’t last for very long.
What kind of experience did you have when you bought your furniture? Feel free to share them below.