Negotiating the Best Price For a Dining Room Set
With the state of the current economy, there are a lot of deals to be had out there on furniture if you know how to look for them and how to negotiate. So, if you are in the market for a dining room set, there may not be a better time to buy if you enter into the purchasing process in the right state of mind.
Understanding the Current Situation
The first thing you need to understand is that when you are going to purchase a dining room set, this is a large purchase. This is the type of thing that the furniture stores desperately want to sell for a couple of reasons. The first is that this is a high ticket priced item. That means more money in their pocket. Secondly, a dining room set takes up a lot of space, so they would love to move one out of inventory to put something else on the showroom floor.
In today’s economy, furniture stores are taking a number of hard hits. Since they are selling larger, high-ticket items many people are avoiding those types of purchases, meaning they are struggling for sales. Additionally, with the down housing market, fewer people are buying new homes that they want to decorate, making an even deeper drop in furniture sales.
Using the Current Situation
If you understand what is happening in the current furniture market, you can use this information to your advantage to save money and still get the furniture pieces that you want.
First, you need to do a little shopping. Know what you want to put in your dining room and start finding those perfect pieces.
As you shop, you need to make sure you do not seem too excited when you see what you want. If you look like you just must have the dining room furniture you find in the store, you are going to give away any leverage you may have had to negotiate a good deal.
Instead, take a notepad with you to the store and make sure you have put your budget (or what you would like to spend) on that paper to reference as you shop. When you see pieces you like, you may want to jot down where they are and what they are as well as the price.
Chances are you will already have a salesperson trying to convince you to make a purchase. This is when you can begin negotiating. Let them know that while you like the pieces you do not want to spend as much as they are asking and see if there is any flexibility in the price.
Often you will be tested at this point and if you seem too willing to buy they may say no. You must be willing to walk away and leave if you cannot get the price you want. Often as you start to leave you will be called back by the salesperson who will want to ‘see what they can do’ to help you get the furniture you want at the price you want.