Discount furniture is not difficult to find, and if you carry out an internet search for furniture clearance offers you are sure to find some great deals. In fact, some of these prices are so attractive that many people ask why such furniture is so expensive normally, if they can afford to reduce the price by so much.
There are several factors involved in the price of furniture clearance offers, the original prices being just one of them. Let’s assume, for example, that you owned a furniture store and had a massive stock of furniture that you must sell to make a living. How many pieces do you expect to sell each day – or even each week? Work out from that figure what your mark-up must be on each piece.
However, if you as a consumer looking for furniture for your home can find discount furniture for sale that is just what you are looking for and is way below the normal selling price, what would you do? You would purchase it of course! No more price complaints! Well, the fact is that there is such furniture available from most of America’s major furniture stores.
Furniture Clearance Offers
If a furniture manufacturer such as Sherrill or Stickley decides to introduce a new collection of bedroom furniture, then the furniture retailer has a decision to make. Its warehouse and showroom has no space left for this new collection of beds, armoires, dressers, chests, nightstands and so on.
The retailer has limited space. How does it create new space? In fact, it comes to an agreement with the manufacturer that it can offer a discount furniture sale of that firm’s old stock to make way for its new. The old stock will be sold as furniture clearance offers, and generally the manufacturer will take the hit for the reduced price.
The products being sold as discount furniture are in perfect condition, and would likely still have been selling at 50% to even 100% more. That is if the new range had not been introduced. They are being sold off in a clearance sale to make room for new stock of new products.
They are 100% perfect – not substandard, not shop soiled or fire damaged and certainly not low quality items of furniture. Yesterday you would have paid $2,895 for this fabulous sofa – now it is $999. Yesterday a Cambridge Mills 4-piece bedroom set would have cost you $7,170. Today you get it for less than $2,900. Why? To make room! No other reason than that!
Discount Furniture: Damaged Goods
The term ‘damaged goods’ has connotations of poor quality, yet it is not. Damaged goods might have been slightly dented or scratched during delivery to the store, so cannot be sold at full price. They may have been damaged during delivery to a customer and were rejected.
In this case, the hit must be taken by the retailer, not the manufacturer. The discount you receive might be less, but might also be negotiable. Furniture clearance offers will normally be sold at a non-negotiable low fixed price that the retailer and manufacturer have mutually agreed.
Damaged goods, on the other hand, may be up for grabs at whatever price the seller can get for them. If you are made an offer for a chest with a scratch down one side, make a lower offer. You might get it accepted, and you could place the scratched side against a wall. In fact the damage involved in most discount furniture offers is no more than your kids may have inflicted within a few days in your home!
The Implications of Buying Discount Furniture
Many people are wary of the implications of purchasing discount furniture – or even of furniture clearance offers. What are they afraid off? What the neighbors will say? How will they know? Each piece of clearance furniture is perfect. There is nothing wrong with it, and nobody will know you paid less than full price unless you tell them.
Discount furniture? Same thing, unless it has been damaged. Then you have three options: a) hide the damage against a wall, b) say it was damaged during delivery but you accepted it for a discount or c) come clean and tell the truth. They will likely be jealous and ask you where you got it and if they have any more!
If you come across furniture clearance offers or discount furniture when you are out shopping, buy it – but only if you need it. Never buy anything just because it is cheap in price. That’s false economy – unless for a gift or to sell on. Even then, many are forced to sell for a lower price than they paid! However, never think such items are inferior in quality to full price goods – they are not!