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How To Save Money When You Buy Furniture

There are many ways to save money when you buy furniture. Actually, the same principles apply to shopping for anything, not just furniture. Fiji Sun teams up with furniture expert
14 Nov 2014 09:10
How To Save Money When You Buy Furniture

There are many ways to save money when you buy furniture. Actually, the same principles apply to shopping for anything, not just furniture. Fiji Sun teams up with furniture expert Abbe Abbas this week to help you furnish your home in style and at the same time save money for your family.

Know What You Need:

You wouldn’t want to go shopping for a big ticket item on impulse. Establish a good idea of what you need, and it doesn’t hurt to establish a budget for it. Doing that frees you up to really look at your options instead of rushing from store to store, and maybe ending up buying some furniture just because the buying process has exhausted you.

Make Friends With the Salesperson:

If you treat the salesperson as your friend instead of an adversary that needs to be conquered, you may be able to get some really good deals on furniture.

The salesperson is there to sell, you are there to buy. The only thing missing is mutual trust.

We are not talking about blind trust, but if you ask for help nicely and a salesperson reciprocates in kind try to build on that. You may be pleasantly surprised when you find what you were really looking for, at an even better price.

Look for Sales:

You save substantial amounts of money when you buy furniture that’s on sale.

But you have to determine first if it is really a sale or a sales gimmick. While you may see a lot of “Blow Out” or “Crazy Sales” sales all the time, they mostly don’t offer very good deals.

Look for special sales, such as closeout sales, clearance sales or floor sample sales when stores are clearing out their inventory.

The best sale ever to buy your furniture are Diwali Sales and Mother’s Day sales because those are the times items are really sold at lower prices. You should also consider Christmas Sale.

If you are buying on hire purchase, there are some deals that require no deposit at all.

One should take advantage of this but should also bear in mind that the longer  term you agreed to make your payment the bigger the interest you are going to pay.

Shop at Outlets and Clearance Centers:

You can count on getting good deals at outlets and clearance centers. In Fiji, all retailer stores have their own outlet. Here you will find furniture that has been discontinued, damaged or returned.

What you see is what you get, and sometimes you can see spectacular furniture at low prices. The secret to finding great deals at these warehouses and clearance centers is to go there often, because you never know what you may find.

Shop Around and Learn to  Negotiate:

There are many retailers who are willing to negotiate on price. You will have to do some asking around and legwork, but the rewards are worth it.

It never hurts to ask politely. It also helps to know what you want. If you have been shopping around then you also know what the going price is for that piece of furniture. If you are buying used furniture then haggling is even expected by the seller.

Buy Used Furniture:

Visit thrift stores and consignment stores for some really good bargains. Other venues are auctions, estate sales and garage sales.

You can also buy used furniture at flea markets. You will have to use the same strategy as you would use for clearance centers – visit often and bring along your negotiating skills. There is just one word of caution though.  Don’t buy something that you won’t be able to repair easily, or where repairs may cost more than the value of the piece itself.

Feedback:  losalinir@fijisun.com.fj

 

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