Whether you’re a college student looking for a few pieces of furniture you can put in your first apartment or you’re furnishing an entire home, you’ve probably wondered whether or not used furniture is an option. The price point is certainly better, but are there any advantages to buying new furniture directly from a showroom?
In today’s post from No Place Like Home, we explain why the answer is a resounding “no.” Check out our used furniture store in Boulder when you’re ready to furnish your home with quality pieces at unbeatable prices!
Five Reasons Why You Should Choose Used Furniture
You’ll Get Pushed Around
Think about the last time you visited a furniture showroom. How long did it take for a salesperson to come find you and walk you around the store?
We’re willing to bet that it happened within the first five minutes of your visit.
This isn’t an accident or an instance of exceptional customer service without an ulterior motive — salespeople are trained to greet customers immediately and walk them around the showroom and are paid a commission on the items they sell. They’ll tell you that their current promotions are ending soon, that a certain item you’re looking at is going to be discontinued, or that they can give you a great deal if you decide to purchase the item right away.
These tactics create in-the-moment pressure that prompts people to buy, but it’s never the full story.
In fact, many big-box retailers run the same promotions every quarter around major holidays. Labor Day, the Fourth of July, and Christmas are typically the most popular times for store-wide clearance. So, don’t feel pressured to buy right then and there.
You’ll Probably Overpay
Did you know that most big-box retailers mark their prices up approximately 80%?
It’s true, and as we discussed in the previous section, they run deals on these items throughout the year to make it seem like you’re getting an expensive item for an incredibly low price.
In reality, you’re getting burned on a marked-down item that’s still highly overpriced. To put the point in slightly different terms: the furniture store wins either way.
The sticker price is just the beginning, however.
Once you’ve agreed to purchase a piece, you’ll have to negotiate assembly, transportation, and warranties. This can cost anywhere from $100 to $400 per piece, depending on where you live and how extensive the warranty is.
Be advised that many companies do not cover damage that occurs during transport or common incidents, so be sure to read the fine print and know what you’re signing.
At No Place Like Home, we ensure that every item is delivered with care and that our clients are able to purchase protection plans that work for them. We’ll even help you file warranties with a manufacturer to save you the trouble! Just get in touch with our used furniture experts and ask about our warranty claim assistance program.
Retailers Aren’t Responsible for Damage
As we briefly mentioned in the previous section, big-box retailers will often hide defects and blemishes until an item is sold and moved out of the store. Should you discover a defect after an item has been delivered, the retailer might be skeptical of your claim that it was delivered in that condition. Moreover, delivery crews are instructed to take a no-liability approach to any damage caused during the delivery process. If you end up with damaged walls or doors as a result of your furniture delivery, you will probably find yourself climbing a small mountain to get them covered.
Your Credit Score Might Take a Ding
Financing is one of the easiest ways to get the high-end furniture you’ve been wanting without shelling out an arm and a leg. At least, that’s what it seems like at first.
What many retailers are now required to tell you is that zero-interest financing applies as long as you make your monthly payments on time, but one late payment is all it takes for the interest rate to revert to an exorbitant number. Even though many consumers understand this requirement at the time they sign for their furniture, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and accidentally forget to pay a bill before the due date.
Just as you should always read the fine print when purchasing a warranty plan or delivery service, you need to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into if you choose to finance a purchase.
Used Furniture Is Just as Good!
You’ve probably heard that you get what you pay for. In many cases it’s true, but not when it comes to furniture.
At No Place Like Home, we take pride in offering used furniture that’s just as well-made — if not better — than the items you’ll find at big-box furniture stores in Boulder. When you choose to work with No Place Like Home, you’re choosing to work with a company that has your best interests in mind. We perform any assembly required, and everything we sell is thoroughly inspected for defects and blemishes before it hits the sales floor.
We also take care of the entire packaging process from start to finish in a responsible manner. We recycle whatever we can and always do our best to protect our local environment.
If you’re ready to invest in the furniture you deserve, come by No Place Like Home in Boulder and check out our wide selection of high-quality used furniture.