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Is It Okay To Ask for A Discount?

Yes, you can save money when shopping for furniture!

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Photography: Michael Angelo Chua (Main Photo)

Whether we're shopping for new clothes, shoes, and home must-haves—we all look for one thing: big, red signs that announce a sale. If you love sprucing up the home, we're sure you'll agree when we say that buying new pieces of furniture can be rewarding—even if it's very rare for us to spot 50 to 75% off signs in many home stores.

Have you ever wondered if it's possible to ask for a discount? Next time you go furniture shopping, remember that it's okay to ask about discounts. What most people don’t know is that custom furniture stores can give at least 5 to 10% off the original price. This applies to independent furniture stores as prices are fixed in department stores (unless they go on sale). Keep in mind that they won't tell you this upfront unless you ask. Don't hesitate to inquire as even small discounts can help you keep within your budget. Here's a list of things you can ask and be on the lookout for: 

1. Ask for the best price.

In photo: Heima Brixton

Pieces of furniture are usually sold at a high margin, but unlike in surplus shops, you can't haggle until you get the price you want. Instead, be polite and ask for the best price. If the item you're eyeing is also available in another store, ask if they can give you a more competitive price. It won’t hurt to look around first to see who offers the best deals. However, remember that when you start asking, you should also be ready to commit to buy.

2. Inquire about the cash or charge rates.

In photo: Home Matters

Some stores offer more price reduction if you’re willing to pay in cash and straight charge payments. Putting aside bank fees and installment rates, one time payments will save you some money in the end.

3. Wait for storewide sales.

Ask if the store has an upcoming sale or if a sale just ended. You can do one of the two—wait for the next sale to purchase your piece or ask if they can sell the item with the previous sale's price tag. Who knows? They might be willing to give you the sale price if the item was already put up on sale.

In photo: Mandaue Foam Furniture Store

4. Purchase items on display/off the floor pieces.

If you don’t mind purchasing actual pieces that are displayed in the showroom, you can ask if they give additional discounts for off the floor items. The normal wear and tear that is shown in the piece/s will help your chances of getting a bigger discount.

5. Buy multiple pices.

Purchasing more than one item from any furniture shop usually entails extended discounts (especially if they have regular prices). You can ask the store attendants if they give extra discounts for bulk purchases. If not, consider asking the store to waive delivery charges for all items if that's the lowest they can go.

Interior designer Vera Villarosa-Orila is an alumna of the University of the Philippines and is one of the go-to designers for the Real Living Makeovers. You can get in touch with her through e-mail: vera.villarosa[at]gmail.com.

 

 

Do you have questions or concerns about your home's layout, furniture, and color scheme? Send your questions to reallivingonline[at]gmail.com with the subject: Expert Advice. We might answer and feature your queries online.

PHOTOS: Mitch Mauricio (Heima) | Dairy Darilag (Home Matters and Mandaue Foam Furniture Store)

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