5 Things Furniture Companies Don't Want You to Know
Wholesale Pricing? Not likely.
There is not a retailer on earth that sells furniture at true wholesale pricing. The wholesale cost is the price the retailer paid for the item they are selling. If the retailer sold their products at wholesale, there would not be any money left to (A) Pay the bills to run the store (B) Pay the employees (C) Make any profit
Return Policy… it might be a bit painful.
Be careful when you purchase any piece of furniture from a retailer and check how long you have to return it. You might need time to not only think about it but should you need to return it, enough time to do so being that returning furniture can be more time consuming than say… returning a watch. Our recommendation is 7 days or more. Most importantly, check to see if the retailer has a restocking fee if you do decide to return the item. Some retailers can charge up to 30% for returns which can really add up especially when making larger purchases.
Mark the price WAY up……. just to mark the price WAY down.
It’s the oldest trick in the book…. on big “Holiday Sale” weekends, retailers can mark the price way up a few days before the “big sale” just so they can mark the price way down misleading you to believe you are getting a “HUGE” deal. Be cautious of this and be sure to check the original price first, then apply the discount and judge for yourself if it’s a real deal or not.
No one does “free delivery”….. NO ONE!
Yes, furniture retailers may be giving you “free delivery” but the cost of that delivery is buried in the price of the furniture. When offered a “free delivery”, make sure it’s not added on somewhere else in your sales ticket or hidden in the price of something else you might be purchasing at that time whether it be a product or a service.
Advertised price too good to be true? It probably is.
When advertising their “special deals,” some retailers will promote an item that has a very low price on it knowing that by advertising their products at a low price it draws customers in (bait) and when customers visit the store, they discover that the advertised furniture items are either not available or are not as good as expected, or the customers are pressured by sales people to consider similar, but higher-price items. This is simply “bait and switch”. They “bait” you to come in, then “switch” you to purchasing something else that is probably not quite the same deal.