Buying new furniture and mattresses can be overwhelming with all of the different options that are available today. Here are tips to make sure you’re not being conned when you’re in the market for a new mattress or furniture:
New tech doesn’t always equal better tech
Some companies are constantly trying to reveal “new” technology to convince consumers they always need the latest update. These new technologies can be helpful, but can also be a gimmick to get you to spend more money. Research the features of the product you’re getting before you make your purchase to see if the technology is really worth the money.
Research the product
Many times the product you are buying may not be something the salesperson have actually used themselves. Reading reviews online from people who have actually used the product can be very helpful. The product may seem great in the store, but could be horrible once you get it home. Online reviews will let you know the real pros and cons of what you’re about to purchase. It’s better to learn from someone else who has made the mistake of purchasing the product than regretting your purchase.
Double check your warranty
When making a purchase, it’s good to look for a product that comes with a warranty. However, you shouldn’t automatically assume that the warranty you are getting covers everything. Most new furniture comes with a manufacturer warranty and some of them even offer lifetime warranties. A salesperson may try to talk you into buying an extended warranty that would be a waste of money if the manufacturer warranty covers the same things for a similar time range. It’s always best to read the warranty to see if the problem you’re concerned about is actually covered by the warranty you’re purchasing.
Try before you buy
With the ease and convenience of online shopping, it’s tempting to buy furniture online. There are a lot of companies offering mattresses that can be shipped to you in a box. While these products may work for some, they don’t fit the needs of every single person. It’s best to go into a physical store so you can feel the furniture or mattress you’re about to purchase and see if it’s right for you.
Beware of deceptive advertising
Some stores will mark up the original price of their products to make it seem like they are giving you a discount. Although it seems like you’re getting a great deal, you may end up actually paying more than you would at another store that doesn’t mark up the original price to show perceived savings. Some retailers may give you the illusion that you’re getting an amazing deal on your purchase when you’re paying the same price (or even more than you would) at another store.
Check for quality
Some furniture is designed to look good on the exterior while the interior lacks for quality. Although it may look nice at first, everyday use will wear it down due to the poor quality of construction.
If long term durability is a concern for you, be leery to purchase furniture with imitation leather or wood. Although it lowers the price when the furniture is made out of these materials, they are usually not made to last. It is best to ask the salesperson the specifics of what the materials are made out of. If they can’t tell you, it’s probably best to look somewhere else.
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is
It’s not uncommon for third party coupon websites to offer deals that can turn out to be a scam. This happens when deals are posted to coupon sites without the approval of the manufacturer or retailer. In some cases, you may not get the product you purchased and end up having no way to get your money back, since some sites will not accept liability for fraudulent transactions.
Another item that may seem too good to be true are used furniture and mattresses. In some states (like in our home state of TN), it is illegal to resell a mattress without following certain protocols. Some stores will use the term “floor models” to cover the fact that the mattress has been used. If the mattress is in plastic with yellow tags, it has been used. To read more about household items you should never buy used, click here.
Nothing is free
We’ve all heard the oft-repeated adage, “Nothing is free.” While it can be tiring to hear at times, it is especially true when it comes to purchasing furniture and mattresses.
There’s a difference between a company giving you something free as a discount from their everyday price and a company giving you something free as part of a marketing promotion. If a company always offers free delivery, you can almost be sure that they have offset the cost somewhere else. Companies have to stay profitable to continue offering their products and services.
Delivery is one of the most expensive costs of business in the furniture and mattress industry. Evaluate whether or not you’re getting the best deal by going with free delivery. You might realize that you could save money by purchasing somewhere else, even if you have to pay for delivery.