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Old 04-22-2015, 12:36 AM
 
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I am in the market for a very firm cushioned, three seater fabric couch with deep seats and my budget is under $800. When I go to chain furniture stores, should I immediately request that the salesperson show me any clearance couches? How do I steer the person toward showing me an item that's reduced the most, hence being a better value? Are posted prices merely starting posts for negotiation like in mattress stores?
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Old 04-22-2015, 06:11 AM
 
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Tell them what you are looking for. Shop at the end of the months when they want to squeeze a sale in. Shop outlets. Even places such as Big Lots have furniture. Read the fine print - clearance can mean no warranty or recourse.
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Old 04-22-2015, 10:14 AM
 
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What about CL? Just an idea
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Old 04-22-2015, 11:30 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I am in the market for a very firm cushioned, three seater fabric couch with deep seats and my budget is under $800. When I go to chain furniture stores, should I immediately request that the salesperson show me any clearance couches?
No.
You tell them "I am in the market for a very firm cushioned, three seater fabric couch with deep seats and my budget is under $800." Then ask them what they have to show you.

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Are posted prices merely starting posts for negotiation like in mattress stores?
The stores in my area allow very very little room to haggle. YMMV.
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Old 04-22-2015, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I am in the market for a very firm cushioned, three seater fabric couch with deep seats and my budget is under $800. When I go to chain furniture stores, should I immediately request that the salesperson show me any clearance couches? How do I steer the person toward showing me an item that's reduced the most, hence being a better value? Are posted prices merely starting posts for negotiation like in mattress stores?
Wow, you and I are in the same boat Except I'd settle for non-deep seating if I have to, and I'd love a grey fabric (goes with most any decor). My only concern is durability. Some couches seem like they are not built to last and I want a couch that will last me awhile. I'm not sure if there are specific things I should look for in terms of quality and durability (e.g. cushions that won't sag).
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Old 04-22-2015, 10:34 PM
 
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If you can get over used furniture and you live near any very upscale towns (especially seasonal areas like Florida) you can get some terrific sofas that were used very lightly in seasonal homes, and some that are high quality as well.

However, this usually only applies to such upscale seasonal areas. Also, check out auction houses. Larger cities usually have a number of them and some of them get liquidated furniture and floor samples in.
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Old 04-22-2015, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I've gotten some amazing furniture off Craigslist. It works especially well in upscale areas and finding people who are moving and don't want to move all their stuff. I scored a barely used couch for $200 that would have cost $1,000 at a retail furniture store. I have a solid hand-made cherry wood four poster canopy king bed that would cost $2,500+ new and I got it for $500.
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:07 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I would consider craigslist, but maybe not with couch or mattress. To many concerns for me. Second hand shops maybe good - I would think they'd check over the items well for bugs? Big lots is good for furniture. I'd check ALL the furniture stores in your area. I always look around the sales floor first by myself, checking prices then ask sales person about special deals/discounts and clearance they may not have out. Let them know exactly what your looking for. Even menards has some furniture, we found a great deal on a recliner chair there once.

Also, I'd never give a budget right off. I would first ask to be shown or look at what they have then ask for lower prices. If nothing is in budget, then i would mention it.
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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I would consider craigslist, but maybe not with couch or mattress. To many concerns for me. Second hand shops maybe good - I would think they'd check over the items well for bugs? Big lots is good for furniture. I'd check ALL the furniture stores in your area. I always look around the sales floor first by myself, checking prices then ask sales person about special deals/discounts and clearance they may not have out. Let them know exactly what your looking for. Even menards has some furniture, we found a great deal on a recliner chair there once.

Also, I'd never give a budget right off. I would first ask to be shown or look at what they have then ask for lower prices. If nothing is in budget, then i would mention it.
You're much more likely to pick up bedbugs from a thrift store than someone's house. Chances are more or less guaranteed that someone brought in something with bed bugs at some point which means the entire store is infested until the end of time. You'll find better deals on Craiglist typically and treat it the same. Fumigate it and quarantine it in your garage.
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Old 05-18-2015, 09:47 AM
 
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I'm in the business. $800.00 for a three cushion sofa new is not a good quality sofa. Consignment stores usually have solid furniture gently used for a good price. Most of the stuff from stores like Ashley or Sam Levitts is chinese made garbage.
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