When the time arrives to purchase a needed appliance or to replace one that no longer works, a trip to the home appliance store is the answer for millions of Americans. While online shopping is available for most appliances today, it does not allow customers to closely examine each appliance and get answers and information from a trained sales professional.
Customers who visit an appliance store to make their purchase can use these smart shopping tips to help them get the best appliance for their needs at a great price.
Be willing to make two trips
If you know ahead of time that you will need to replace an appliance that is still functional, be willing to make at least two trips to the appliance store. The first trip should be considered an information-gathering exercise where you select a few favorite models. Jot down model numbers or snap photos of the appliance and its information tag with your phone. Then take a few days to explore customer reviews and consumer group data about each one. Remember also to take into consideration the energy use requirements and any changes you will need to make to accommodate it, such as upgrading electrical wiring or having a gas line installed.
Making two trips can help to ensure that the appliance you actually purchase is the best one for your needs. In addition, it will help to reduce the possibility that you will make an impulse buy that you might later regret.
Consider display models or appliances with cosmetic damage
When you visit the appliance store, always take a moment to view the display models of the appliance you are interested in purchasing. Once you have examined it and determined that it would work for your needs, ask the salesman if it is discounted or if they have any similar appliances that have been returned or that are cosmetically damaged.
Many appliance stores are willing to sell display models, returns, and those with cosmetic damage at a substantial discount. When bargaining for this type of appliance, make sure that a warranty would still apply.
Ask about recent sales or promotions
Sometimes appliance stores will continue to honor sale pricing or promotions for a period of time after the sale or promotion is over. Customers who ask about this type of extension may be able to save significantly on the cost of their purchase.
Taking time to make an informed decision, as well as seeking out a knowledgeable sales representative or manager, is a great way to get the most from your visit to your local appliance store.