Buying furniture online is always something of a risk. After all, you’re dependent on a few pictures and a description in most cases, plus maybe a list of materials, and very little else. The bargain hunter’s guide to discount furniture online recognizes that these days, retailers are conscious that they have a responsibility to accurately represent the product they’re selling, however always be sure to read the small print and make yourself familiar with the website’s policy on returns and refunds before you buy.
You will see plenty of online ads for furniture sales and deals of all kinds. There are clearance sales, flash sales and Black Friday offers, while on some websites it appears that every day is a sale day. Shopping with coupons and promo codes is another way to get discounted goods, in fact you can get pretty much everything via a coupon, from restaurant meals to vacations, and from movie tickets to home appliances. In most cases, where stores offer coupons these are good online as well as in store.
If you don’t already belong to Groupon or RetailMeNot, it’s a good idea to check out their website offers as part of your online furniture shopping. The coupons and promo codes can save you money on furniture that may not be on sale, which means you are getting a good discount on a regular price.
If you have specific items in mind it’s best to use a good online comparison site to check out the best bargains and shop accordingly, after you’ve checked whether a code or coupon could provide a better deal. If you prefer to browse until something appears that you really like, check out the supplier’s website first and then run a check for coupons.
Some big stores seem to offer deals year-round. For instance, with Groupon you will find Sears, Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Walmart seem to offer bargains pretty much continuously, as indeed do many other department stores.
Amazon and eBay offer a wide range of items for sale. Some of the sellers who use these sites are professional retailers and they tend to sell on new or restored furniture. You can also find sellers offering used or second-hand furniture. As well as straight sales, some sellers put goods up for auction to the highest bidder. If you find an item and wish to make a bid, make sure you’re aware of the timescale. This is because buyers have experienced being outbid at the very last minute by someone offering just a few cents more than their bid. Also, beware of ‘false bidding’ whereby someone bids a little more than you do consistently to push the price up, then withdraws at the last minute leaving you paying over the odds for the goods.
In fact, when you are seeking discount furniture online, be as careful as you would be when store shopping, and check out the quality of the item as far as possible. It also makes sense to set yourself a budget figure and stick to it.