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4 Must-Read Tips Before Buying Furniture Online

It's always better to be safe than sorry!

Photography: Jojo Gloria

When you've turned every retail store and flea market upside down but you still can't find what you need, there are times when you need to depend on the World Wide Web to find the perfect piece. While online stores are like treasure chests with one-of-a-kind finds, it also comes with a lot of risks like mistakenly buying damaged or imitation items. To help you out, here are four things you need to remember for a hassle-free shopping experience. 

1. Do your research.

Before proceeding to the check out page, remember to read through the site's return and exchange policy to avoid unexpected fees or delivery mishaps. You can also look for reviews or ask fellow buyers about their experience to check if the site has good feedback.

2. Shop for local items. 

Avoid putting yourself through the trouble of international transactions by choosing to shop for items in your area. If you think about it—the closer an item is to you, the faster you will receive it and you might even pay less for shipping fees.

3. Buy at informed prices. 

Don't be in a hurry to press the order icon. Take time out to assess if the item you're eyeing is priced at what the previous owner spent on it, if it is a great bargain, or if there's a possibility of haggling. You can even go as far as researching similar listings on other sites just to check if you can find the same item for less.

4. Don't be afraid to ask for detailed photos. 

Sometimes, looking at photos displayed on a page isn't enough. Asking for photos from different angles can help you see if the item has flaws or irreparable scratches. Feel free to ask questions about the piece as well—did it come from a non-smoking home? Did the former owner have pets?—to eliminate the possibilites of a failed purchase. 

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