Buying furniture online is very different from physically visiting a showroom and choosing the desired piece. Online purchase decisions are reached on just a pictorial assessment of the furniture, without having a physical feel to confirm the features listed.
This, however, does not make the process a big risk, if the buyer knows what they are looking for, and how to go about the transactions.
Below are a number of tips to make online furniture purchase as smooth as a physical purchase.
The biggest advantage of online shopping is the ease of comparing the prices of one dealer to the other. As a buyer you should take enough time to go through the many available online vendors, and compare the prices of the desired furniture, paying considerations to the quality.
Select the one with the budget that fits your financial plan, and don’t shy away from negotiating the price in the case where the vendor allows for it.
2. Look for the reviews page
Online shops for furniture have a reviews page, as a marketing strategy. In this part, you read the experience of other buyers who have bought from the vendor.
Moreover, the experience they had, from customer service to quality of the product. You should aim to choose the vendor with a close to 100% customer satisfaction rate.
3. Shipping costs
Most online shopping cost is inflated by shipping costs, especially for overseas vendors. Some vendors, however, subsidize the shipping costs for the customer or include it completely in the cost of the product.
Go for a vendor who either subsidizes the shipping costs or ships for free. The shipping information can be found in the FAQ section of most main online retailers.
4. Read the furniture descriptions
When doing online shopping for furniture, photos should be a guide to what the customer is buying, but do not stop at that. Every item has a detailed description, which explains the measurements, material used and in some cases how to take care of the item. The description is meant to ensure that the customer gets the exact item they are looking for.
5. Look for coupons and Sales
In a bid to boost sales, online retailers offer coupons to their customers, especially for regular customers. Sales are offers given out by a retailer to their clients, especially during important durations such as over Christmas holidays. Coupons and Sales are a way of clearing stocks, and buyers are able to get the same high-quality products at surprisingly low costs.
6. Ensure website security
With the increase of cybercrime, online shoppers are exposed to various threats such as identity theft. The easiest way to ensure security when checking the goods out with credit cards is shopping in known retailers, who have a good track record with customer details.
The website URL can also tip the buyer since secure sites have a secure protocol identifiably by ‘https’ as opposed to those with ‘http’ in their URL.
The above 6 pointers do not only increase the ease of shopping for furniture online but also ensures Cybersecurity of the shopper’s identity and money.