Tips to consider when buying Office Furniture Online
Information and digital revolutions have changed the way we live life. We live in the era of e-commerce and it means that the best in every field is just a click away. Whether it is jewelry, high street fashion wear, laptop and mobile devices or office furniture and supplies, you can now buy everything online.
Talking about office furniture Melbourne, there are a few things you must consider before buying ready to order or customized furniture items on the web. We agree that investment in office furniture is unavoidable, whether you are a startup firm or a well established company looking to open another branch or franchise store. So why not make a smart and well informed decision?
Let us see how shopping online for office furniture is different and perhaps a little advantageous than buying it from the showroom. At the same time you must know that there are a lot of things that are common between buying furniture from the showroom and online. Finally, we will also you about how you can avoid various online shopping scams, especially in the furniture segment by being a little cautious.
Check multiple websites
This is where ecommerce websites selling office furniture items score immensely over the real world showrooms. Visiting multiple furniture showrooms is a tiring and time intensive task. Even if you find three or more branded furniture outlets under a single roof in major shopping complexes, checking each one out by going there is very tiring.
But you can always check five to six or even more office furniture Melbourne selling websites at a single time, look for discounts and compare the products and the prices. In addition to selling the furniture items online through shopping sites and price deal websites, all the major furniture brands have their own websites with detailed product catalogues. You can browse through the online catalogues, zero in on a few items and check those items by visiting the manufacture’s showroom, if your city has one.
But this is not always required as the websites provide 360 degree view of the product along with all the required specifications. You can see the complete range of the furniture items along with the different colors they are available in and the price.
It is also importantto talk to the customer service people, ascertain the full address of the website owners and check their reputational standing on the consumer forums. If there is a cash-on-delivery option, go for that. You may have to pay a little more, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. Of course such need does not arise if you are buying from a very reputed online shopping site.
Special Care with Customized furniture
Irrespective of whether you are opting for readymade furniture or customized office furniture Melbourne, you have to make sure that you have taken the exact measurements of the desks and tables you need, in accordance with the space available and your floor plan. Color must match the overall décor of your office.
With customized furniture, you also need to ascertain a few things like where the furniture will be made. For instance, whether the websites outsources the furniture making task or has its own manufacturing facility. Similarly, check if they can provide you with some samples of the raw materials that will be used for the furniture you have ordered. Some customized furniture manufacturers are open to the option of sending you the sample of the raw material. Of course they will charge you for the samples that are expensive and heavy.
Moreover, check with the website if they have a store or facility in your city or if they have catered to some home or business organization in your city. If yes, get in touch with their previous clients and talk to them about how satisfied they were with the end product and the overall service provided by the website.
Shipping and Freight Charges
A lot of people think that they can get office furniture Adelaide online at cheaper rates. This may be so because the dealers operating through online stores do not have to invest money in brick and mortar stores and also do not have to keep a ready stock in the go-down. This is true to some extent.
What people do not realize is that the shipping and freight charges mar the cost advantage that they hope to get by purchasing their office furniture online. Furniture items are heavy and shipping charges may increase your bill, especially if you live in a remote location. Read the shipping policy properly, including the insurance cover they will offer. Moreover, request for an itemized bill that details each and every cost.
Ordering office furniture is a bit tricky process but if you do it the right way with all the required information at hand, it can really save your time, energy and a couple of grand.