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  The time has come for you to purchase your next major furniture piece(s).  The question now is where do you go from here.  There are many factors to consider before clicking on the “add to cart” button and placing your next order.  What type of style are you looking for?  What is your minimum and maximum budget?  Where can you get the most bang for your buck?  With so many things to consider where can you start?
 
Let us start from the beginning as to why you are purchasing your next bedroom, living room, dining room, or accent furniture.  Most often the reason for this may fall under these categories:
  • Your old furniture pieces is either outdated or broken
  • You are moving to a new home and would like to update the look to match your new living quarters
  • Time, simply said you are just ready for a new piece of décor
  • Major renovations were done to your home
  • A new family member or closets friend is moving in
  • Your old piece of furniture doesn’t meet your new functionality needs
    Whatever may be the reason you should clearly understand why you are purchasing your new furniture item and then based on that consider all the requirements that you will need to fulfill in order to make your next purchase the right one.  For example, if your household numbers about to increase and you are looking for a new sofa then you must consider the size of the sofa and also the functionality of the sofa as well.  Is it large enough to sit all your guest?  Should you consider a sectional sofa or maybe a sofa bed option?  When shopping keep in mind that sometimes you have to sacrifice style you want in order to fulfill the wants or needs you may have for your next furniture order.

    Now that we answered why are we getting the next furniture piece lets look into setting a budget.  It is very important to analyze what your current budget is and then sticking to it when shopping around.  Take the time to set your expectation on what you are willing to spend and what your preferences are.  When it comes to pricing you will quickly discover that the ranges of pricing are very sporadic.  You may find that very similar products varies in pricing so determining whom to buy from may or may not make things easier when you are ready to purchase.  For example if you are interested in a particular model of a bedroom set and the pricing from different retail companies varies then should you just make your decision on price along?  There is no quick or easy answer for this so you will need to do some homework in order to find out.  But consider these important tips:

  • When comparing pricing make sure you are comparing apples with apples and oranges with oranges.
  • For example, Is it the same model number
  • Are you purchasing the same amount of pieces.  One vendor may have 4pc bedroom set while the other maybe selling 5pc bedroom set.
  • Does either company have it in stock or what is the ETA (estimated time of arrival) once the order is placed.
  • Is it the same color.  Sometimes depending on the color the price will change.
  • Does the price include **free shipping or not.  ( I have placed an asterisk next to free shipping because free does not always mean free but I will discuss later in article as to why)
  • Where is the furniture being shipped from.
  • Does this company have a retail store or are they only online store.
  • How is their customer service?  Read the reviews and check the time to see if they have any social media accounts.  A company that invest their time in social media will most likely tend to provide excellent customer service.  My logic on this is that most often consumers would be quick to write a negative review vs a positive one based on their experience.  If a company has taken the time to create several outlets for customer to reach out to them or post their comments then they will strive to make sure each customer experience is a good one.  The fear of negative feedback and how it can damage a company will lead to companies whom do not have a strong and positive customer feedbacks will most likely not provide customers with many channels for reviews.
    As promised here is a quick overview on shipping and whether it is truly free or not.  I am a believer of the motto nothing is free.  If you take the time out to consider the actual shipping process from packaging all the way to delivery all these stages have actual cost involved.  There is a cost of packaging (raw materials and labor) as well there is also a cost for shipping (fuel, labor, tolls, delivery, etc).  With so many companies competing for your purchase and while trying to maximize on sales and gross profit and with shipping cost being a major factor one can only determine that the cost of shipping is being calculated one way or another.  With that said I don’t base my decision to purchase an item solely based on the fact that one company offers free shipping and the other one doesn’t.  I take the time to analyzing the following as well.
  • What is my total purchase price.  If one company is selling a sofa at $1000 but advertises free shipping and another company sells the same sofa for $900 with $50 shipping fee then the later of the two companies offers the same sofa for less regardless of free shipping or not
  • What is my projected ETA.  If free shipping windows is 2-3 weeks from company A and company B is offering the same product with 1 week ETA with $30 shipping fee then I also have to consider how long I am willing to wait for my order.
  • Does free shipping also include insurance or any warranties and or customer service if merchandise is received with damages or lost in transit?
  • Does free shipping include inside delivery or curb side delivery?  If you are ordering a complete bedroom set with curbside delivery how much time or labor cost will it take to bring that bedroom set in your home and most important to its finally destination area?
    Now that we covered value lets look into the quality of a product.  Determining the actual quality of a merchandise again will take some homework or research on your part.  You will have to investigate what materials were used in order to make this product.  What manufacture was used in creating this product.  You should also be honest with yourself and determine if the quality that you are paying for meets what your requirements were at the time of deciding what your next purchase should be.  In other words do you really need the top of the line product for the circumstance of why you are purchasing that product to begin with.

    Hopefully this article will be helpful in determining your next purchase.  Remember to take your time and do your research, the more time you spend on doing your homework the higher the odds you will find exactly what you are looking for while also give you the best quality and value for your buck.

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