Buying Modern Designer Furniture online will save you money.
Top-selling modernist, mid-century and contemporary designer furniture cost much less from an online store than the High Street Brick and Mortar Stores.
Online shopping is the fastest growing retail market in Europe with a further growth of 13.8% in 2018 predicted by London based Centre of Retail Research.
With lower prices, better value, and a bigger choice all from the comfort of your home, via your computer, mobile phone or laptop, it is no wonder we are all using online shopping more and more.
However, as with all good things, there are hazards to be aware of.
Our Guide to Online Shopping will help you navigate the world of buying modern designer furniture online.
Where to shop online?
So you want to buy Designer Furniture, and a good place to start is by typing Designer Furniture into Google.
There are two options.
The first sites you will see are the Online Auctions which initially appear much cheaper but often are not. They do not always give you an honest report of their customer reviews or history. It is unlikely that a leading brand will use these sites, so be aware, whilst most auction sellers are honest and reliable, some are not, so the risks are high on the auction sites.
The other sites you will see are the Manufacturers and Retailers.These are likely to be more established sellers. Look for a company with a history of trading for a minimum of twenty-five years, with a good reputation and a professional website, and a customer satisfaction review page.
The most important thing to check out on the seller's' website is the ''Lock and Secure'' motif in the top left-hand corner of their website.
This green motif is your assurance that any payment transaction you carry out with this company is secure.If this is not shown on any website then do not buy.
Can you trust your supplier?
Be safe with your online shopping and do some research. Look for customer recommendations before buying and look closely at their website.
Are the images and videos on the website original?
Safe and reputable online stores will have their own studios, so the images you see, are the actual furniture you are buying. Unreliable sellers will steal pictures from the internet for their website. You can not be certain that you are buying the same furniture that is being advertised.
Alarm bells should be ringing if they any seller is quoting 20, 30 or even 60-day delivery schedules. Always buy from a company offering a 7-day delivery service. It proves that the furniture is in stock and available immediately.
Some furniture companies will take your payment then source the product, a savvy buyer will know the chances of seeing their money again or the furniture they ordered are very low.
Check their Social Media.
Are they daily posting information about their Company?
Are there any complaints from clients posted on Social Media?
Are there any complimentary approval posts from clients?
Generally, your first impressions and instincts are a good indicator.
We recommend paying by credit card when buying online. If you are buying from a reputable and trusted seller you will have confidential card protection, and you need not fear unauthorised or fraudulent transactions.
Obviously, bank transfer payments to reputable sellers that you have previous experience with are generally a safe option, but in the first instance, we recommend credit card payments.
Online shoppers have more problems with delivery than any other aspect of their online shopping experience.
There is nothing more disappointing than to have your order arrive late and damaged. Or in some instances lost forever.
As previously noted only buy from a supplier who has the product in stock and offers a 7-day delivery service. Plus, ensure the seller includes transit damage insurance and a tracking service with direct communication with the courier.
Request the telephone number of the courier, so you can arrange a convenient time to deliver within a fixed time period. If you are unlucky to receive your order damaged, ensure you write on the delivery documents DAMAGED. And if the packing box is extremely damaged then refuse to accept the delivery.
Your order will then be returned to the seller. A reputable seller will send you a replacement.
Read the Terms and Conditions
Your standard consumer rights apply to purchases online (except through auctions sites).
Before you complete your order online check delivery costs, and ask for confirmation that your order is in stock and available for immediate delivery within 7 working days.
Ensure the seller has a returns policy and will accept cancellations.
Maintaining Your Privacy
If you buy from a shop you automatically keep invoices and receipts, so, in the same way, keep a record of all emails and online transactions.
A reputable and safe online company will email confirmation of orders, payments and invoices, and a modern website allows you the opportunity to print your order.
The Internet is a perfect way to shop and thanks to the advances in IT technology and logistics, you can go from an empty room to a complete makeover in modern designer furniture in a matter of days. (plus a few clicks on your computer or swipes on your mobile telephone).
Yes, buying retro furniture online may come with a few pitfalls, but provided you give some consideration to our suggestions you will be spared any inconvenience.
We hope you really enjoy this information blog and that you start to look at modern designer furniture in a new way.
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