Garden Furniture On Line
Buying garden furniture on line is not the ideal solution as it both solves and presents some problems if it is
used haphazardly. For instance, if you find it hard to get about the stores and garden centres, the Internet will
allow you to visit hundreds of places to contrast styles and prices, but you will not have had sight of your
furniture and it may be expensive to return it.
Therefore there are a couple of things to watch out for if you want to buy garden furniture on line. Some of
these suggestions will apply to other items too particularly weighty goods.
Be suspicious of shipping charges because some companies will try to hide the fact that they can be horrific. If
delivery charges are an extra, do not forget to add these fees on to the cost of the garden furniture before you
compare prices. Some businesses will talk some claptrap about an order processing fee in an effort to conceal their
delivery fees. These companies are being dishonest and you should avoid them like the plague.
Try to switch off to the words 'discount' and 'sale price' until you have added up all the costs and you have
compared this total with the total cost of a equivalent item. Similarly, be very wary of comparisons between list
price and sale price. Manufacturers frequently 'recommend' a high list price purposely so that the retailer can
offer a discount. It is very common practice, but designed to deceive.
Beware of 'price snobbery'. If you see two retailers selling precisely the same items of garden furniture but at
vastly different prices, do not be automatically persuaded that the cheaper one must be second-rate. Instead, look
around the cheap web site for extra costs. Do not forget that most retailers buy from the same manufacturers.
Do not believe any firm that says that they will not be beaten on price because they are the cheapest on the net
or that they will undercut anyone you can prove is cheaper. They have no proof that they are the cheapest and if
you prove that they are not they will reduce their price only to you because you caught them in their lie. These
people are cheats.
Firms that make a big issue out of fast service are not really giving you anything. Every company likes a fast
turn-around because they can bank the check earlier and the guarantee finishes sooner too. You will find out how
good their service is if you have a problem. Empty promises and blowing one;s own trumpet mean nothing. Self praise
is no praise.
You can check up on the company's customer service record by keying the company's name, city of business and the
word 'complaints' or 'problems' into Google. You will soon be able to judge for yourself whether you are dealing
with a reputable company or not. Purchasing garden furniture on line is the same as buying anything else expensive
on line: it is up to the buyer to beware before parting with his money because it might be hard to get it back if
there is a difficulty.