When shopping for new appliances and electronics, one way to save money is by purchasing a floor model. It's a money-saving tip praised everywhere from morning news shows to websites and blogs. However, some smart shoppers are concerned about the risks of purchasing their next refrigerator, TV or laptop from the store floor.
The following are frequently asked questions consumers have when buying display models, scratch and dents, and other discounted items straight from the showroom floor. The answers to these questions can help you determine whether or not purchasing a floor model makes sense financially. It can also help you take some of the guesswork out of the process. In many cases, you might end up with a good-as-new product for a fraction of the original cost.
Floor Model FAQs
Do floor models work as well as standard inventory? Each item is different. So it is impossible to give a sweeping answer for everything from washing machines to television sets. But the great thing about floor models is that you can actually test the item before you buy. Make sure moving parts work well and that all necessary parts and accessories are included. If the item is not plugged in, ask a sales representative to let you test it first.
Are there common problems with buying floor models? In most cases, floor models suffer only from superficial nicks or dings, and the items function as well as any item straight from the box. You may even find that an item is in near perfect condition and is only being discounted to quickly make room for newer models and changing inventory.
You might find that scratches or dents will not show once an appliance is placed in your home, or you may be able to touch up the appliance on your own so that any damage is unnoticeable.
Are floor models covered by warranties? It isn't likely that floor models and display items are covered by warranties, but it doesn't hurt to ask if you are unsure. Remember to get answers to any and all of your questions before you make the purchase, because sales for some items may be final and subject to a no return policy.
How much can I save on a floor model? Again, the specifics will vary greatly depending on the item. Prices could be reduced anywhere from 10 to 60 percent, depending on the item's condition and age.
Can I still get delivery and repair services for floor models? Delivery, parts, service, and installation are usually still available for any floor models you choose to buy. You should ask your sales rep for details on pricing and availability.
Floor models and display items are a great way to save money on lots of popular items from computers and mobile devices to appliances and home theaters. To help ensure you spend your money wisely, test display items and check them thoroughly in-store for any cosmetic blemishes or missing or damaged accessories.