Since appliances are a bigger investment than say, clothes or toys, it’s definitely a great idea to know how to choose at which appliance store to shop. So if you’re looking to find out how to choose an appliance store, here are some tips to help you out:
- Look out for consumer reviews. Thank goodness for consumer reviews, which help you learn from other people’s experiences – both positive and negative – while shopping at an appliance store or appliance dealers. Some online sites where you could find appliance store reviews include consumerreports.org and bbb.org. For a store to meet BBB (or Better Business Bureau)’s accreditation standards, for example, the business must be judged reputable and reliable, and that it effectively addresses consumer complaints made on its products or services. When you’re researching for consumer reviews, you could also try out key words like refrigerators stores, and electronics shops, apart from appliance stores.
- Know the store promos. There are many stores that offer different promos and appliances sales that help you get the best value for your money. For example, Sears constantly lowers prices on some appliance categories and offsets this by marking up other appliances. Home Depot also gives price reductions on their products if you find a similar product that is priced lower in another appliance store. Even if there aren’t any sales offered at the time you’re purchasing appliances, just try this out: haggling. This isn’t a very popular thing amongst American consumers but then again there’s really nothing you to lose if you politely asking the salesperson if he could offer you reduced prices. It is reported that more than 70% of those who haggle for prices actually succeed.
- Grab a checklist. It’s good to know of what factors to look out for when choosing an appliance store. Some of these factors include the appliance products range (assess if you’re truly finding the brands and models that you need), the service (are the store attendants truly helpful?), the convenience of shopping (are the aisles too narrow that shopping becomes annoying?) and the prices. For this last factor, it pays to do some comparison research by jotting down a chart of different brands of the appliance that you need and their prices across different stores. That’s why it’s a good idea not to be in a hurry when shopping for appliances. Remember also to check the warranty procedure. If you’d need to have repairs done on an appliance you bought that is still under warranty, is the procedure going to be a hassle and how long will it take for your appliance to receive servicing?
- Be practical. Of course, it’s always a great idea to look for appliance stores near your area. If a store offers free appliance transport to your home, then maybe it’s worthwhile to shop there even if it’s a little farther away. This is specially the case if the prices are lower than stores that are nearer to your place. Also, you could sign up for email alerts whenever a store has upcoming appliance sales and discounts. It’s a good idea to keep your eye open for sale announcements on appliance products while you’re browsing through your newspaper. Do know that the season for most appliance sales are winter for washers and dryers, spring for refrigerators and fall for cooking appliances. Also consider buying online. Know that there are many appliances products that are offered at reduced rates online (since overhead costs for maintaining a website is far lower than maintaining a physical store). Also, it’s definitely more convenient for you to shop while you’re in the comfort of your own home. Check out websites of reputable appliances dealers such as sears.com, lowes.com, costco.com and frys.com.
Check out sites that offer printable discount coupons. Some sites you could try include retailmenot.com, gogoshopper.com, couponmountain.com and couponheaven.com.
There you have it! These are just some of the tips to help you choose the best appliance store for you. Just remember, the key here is to do smart research, and to invest your time in selecting. Good luck!