The last time I bought carpeting, it was about as pleasant as buying a car.
If I bought carpeting at Sears/HD, is the price listed pretty much *the*
price, or am I expected to haggle like I am in a MidEast bazaar?
If the last place you bought a rug was at a small downtown shop (or even a
mall store) then I would expect the big box experience of HD or Sears to be
more of a western style of buying. There is generally no negotiation in a
corporate chain store except perhaps for damaged/returned or clearance stock
(also special orders not delivered)
There are also several good places on the web to shop. Even if you do not
but on the net, you can look at national brands and find out typical price
The last place to buy carpet is Sear/Home Depot/Lowes. The price is fixed,
but it is a crap shoot as to the installers and generally not a bargain
price. We're fortunate to have an excellent dealer in town. Ask around,
maybe you do also.
A good dealer will point out differences in quality, help choose what is
best for your needs, see that it is installed by an experienced pro. And
make a profit while selling at a fair price.
While I am not a fan of the big box stores, retail prices
What was the price of a gallon of gas last week?, tomorrow?,
yesterday? ... same for bread, milk, coffee, mortgage rates,
lumber, sheet goods, ....
Thanks. In my area we have a local Non-profit version of consumer reports
that rates various businesses by survey. It is pretty reliable. I'll do
some research there.
I just hate feeling like I am horse-trading, or in some cases,
Ed, I sent you an email yesterday, did you see it?
My wife and I recently priced vinyl flooring at Lowes. The price per foot
was decent, and when we sat down with the salesman, we were shocked. The
price did not include installation. And the installation cost did not
include the adhesive for the flooring! The sales guy told us he could only
give us a range for the total cost. That range was $1200 - $2000 dollars
depending on the installers opinion of the work involved. We decided to go
back to a local flooring/carpet dealer we had used before. He has a small,
cramped little shop, nothing fancy. He showed us several samples, and even
gave us several samples to take home and compare in our kitchen. Not only
was his price (and product) better, but it included installation, toe trim,
replacement black vinyl trim for the base cabinet, and whatever floor prep
was needed. His total price was under $700 (labor included), and he also
has his own 2 year labor warranty in addition to the manufacturers warranty.
I should also mention that he personally works on every install! He has
put carpet in nearly every room in our home and we have never had an issue
with his work or products. Try to find an independent flooring dealer in
your area and stay away from the big chain places if you can.
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