Cutting through the chain of mark-ups: How you can save by shopping for furniture straight from the source
If you're looking for a great way to say on you home furniture then here's something for you. Whether you're a college student in search a couch for your empty apartment unit or newlyweds moving into a new space, you'll probably find this idea very useful: Buying furniture straight from its manufacturing site saves you a lot of cash.
To understand why that is so, it would probably help to think of home furniture in the same way as any other product sold in the market like detergents, mayonnaise, and even pork. At source - where the product itself is manufactured, processed, or harvested - products are usually worth just as much as it cost to produce and package them. When they get forwarded to distributors, the manufacturer sells them for a much higher price to earn profits. The distributors, in turn, sell them to retailers who then make them available to the regular consumers. As the products goes from the distributors to the retailers, a mark-up is again added to its already marked-up price allowing the distributor to earn money from distributing it. The cycle repeats itself as the products become available in retail through the help of retailers who also mark up the price. This is the distribution chain, where each added link calls for an increase in the product's price.
Ultimately, a regular consumer who buys any kind of product from any retailer pays for the actual cost of the products as well as the cost of distributing it. The buying-furniture-straight-from-its-manufacturing-site-saves-you-a-lot-of-cash concept mentioned earlier works because it eliminates the need for shoppers to pay for the cost of a product's distribution. Thus, what you'd be charged with if you buy straight from the factory will be way below the retail price. For home furniture, this discount could mean hundreds of dollars - a lot of money for anyone to just ignore.
However, you won't always find furniture manufacturers in your areas. Majority of the furniture sold in the United State come from only five to eight states. In that case, just try to buy from sources as close as possible to the factory of the manufacturing site in the distribution chain - buy from distributors rather than from retailers or better yet, buy from the main distributors.
The only disadvantage here is the inconvenience that a consumer would have to endure just to save money on furniture. Imagine driving far away from the city to pick-up a heavy piece of furniture! Yes, it will require effort and hard-work but it definitely worth all of that especially because we're talking about hundreds of dollars here.