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View Poll Results: Would you buy home furnishings online? Sofas/Beds/Flooring?
Yes, I would buy home furnishings without seeing them in person. 10 26.32%
No, I would always go and try them in person before buying them online later. 9 23.68%
No, I would always prefer to see and purchase them in a store to make sure its what I want. 19 50.00%
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Old 30-04-2021, 11:34 AM   #1
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Question Would you buy home stuff online? Sofas, Beds, Flooring?

Hey folks,

I run a home furnishings store and have a question for you!

We don't sell online at present because we believe that someone would want to try and item before they buy. With the growth of online sales, are we missing out?

Let me know!

EDIT - If you do vote a particular way, please let me know why below. Its very helpful! The more stuff we sell, the more detailing stuff I can buy.... consider that!

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Old 30-04-2021, 11:50 AM   #2
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Flooring, yes, but only after a sample, or better still a few samples had been provided. Did this with the laminate for my kitchen floor. No problems.

Not voted, as my answer doesn’t fit any of the choices, sorry.

Other furniture, not so sure, although I do buy other stuff online.
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Old 30-04-2021, 12:06 PM   #3
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Flooring, yes, but only after a sample, or better still a few samples had been provided. Did this with the laminate for my kitchen floor. No problems.

Not voted, as my answer doesn’t fit any of the choices, sorry.

Other furniture, not so sure, although I do buy other stuff online.
Thats okay. Its open for debate! I appreciate my limited choices wouldnt fit everyone

Im really just trying to acertain whether people would buy a sofa or a bed as flooring is more specialist to an extent. To me, if you buy a sofa or bed online without trying it, youve gotta be nuts. How do you even know if its comfortable! Then again, im probably baised
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Would you buy home stuff online? Sofas, Beds, Flooring?

Last 2 sofas I’ve bought have been online Duresta & Gascoigne, plenty of showrooms to try out then search online for best prices!

Also forgot mattress I bought online also, tested out in showroom before buying elsewhere


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I have and regretted it Wayfair bought 3 mattress and there all terrible £1000 in total 2 single and a small double. There done and we only got them 9 months ago.
also Sofas from Argos that where so called Leather to find out there leather faced with Faux leather sides that has started to shed.
This is not covered by the 10 year guarantee only covers the first year.
We our going to DFS soon to try and buy.
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I never understand buyers buying the likes of sofas, beds, chairs etc....online without seeing/testing them first as you've no idea if it's comfy, to your exact taste and the appearance/size of said items.

I voted option 2 buddy.
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Old 30-04-2021, 12:33 PM   #7
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I've bought carpet and flooring online, but only after i've known what it is i've decided on - such purchases were based solely on price, which isn't great for supporting local businesses although i do try to give them some of my business when they are competitive or i want a professionally fitted solution
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Last 2 sofas I’ve bought have been online Duresta & Gascoigne, plenty of showrooms to try out then search online for best prices!

Also forgot mattress I bought online also, tested out in showroom before buying elsewhere


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Great Brand Duresta. Fantastic Quality, we sell them here.

So from your perspective, having a try and then shopping about for the best price is always great. As you probably know, a retailer always has higher overheads than an online shop will. From my perspective, you're the kind of customer we like least . It makes us feel used and abused if im honest (nothing personal!).

Would you ever do your 'homework' online and then reapproach the retailer you tried the sofa in to try and negotiate the price?
Does ordering online not scare you? I know how much those kind of sofas are and spending that money with someone I had never met would worry me!

Appreciate your comments though! This is super helpful
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Old 30-04-2021, 12:39 PM   #9
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I have and regretted it Wayfair bought 3 mattress and there all terrible £1000 in total 2 single and a small double. There done and we only got them 9 months ago.
also Sofas from Argos that where so called Leather to find out there leather faced with Faux leather sides that has started to shed.
This is not covered by the 10 year guarantee only covers the first year.
We our going to DFS soon to try and buy.
Thanks for your comments. This is something we really try and focus on where I work. We only sell decent stuff as the cheap stuff is a false economy IMO.

If I could give you any advice (other than coming to find me to sell you a sofa - im near Brighton) it would be to go to a local and independent retailer. Theyre always more honest and most of their sales guys arent on commission. In essence, this means you get honest advice from someone who isnt swaying you based on whats going into their pocket! Good luck
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I've bought beds and matresses online and had no major issues with them. The only time i had a problem was due to an error on my part.
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