KEEP COSTS DOWN

Buy­ing a kitchen ap­pli­ance can be ex­pen­sive, but shop­ping smartly could save money

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - HOME - By Daniel Bortz

IT’S NO se­cret a kitchen ap­pli­ance is a ma­jor pur­chase, so you might be sur­prised to learn about clever money-sav­ing tips from in­dus­try in­sid­ers.

Don’t fo­cus on sea­sonal sales

You don’t want to wait un­til your re­frig­er­a­tor or oven breaks be­fore re­plac­ing it, but you also don’t need to time your pur­chases around

Black Fri­day or other sales events.

“If you look at ad­ver­tise­ments for ap­pli­ances, you’ll see they are al­ways on sale,” says Kevin Brasler, ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor at Con­sumers’ Check­book.

“It’s one sale af­ter another, but when you look at the prices they’re of­fer­ing, they’re roughly the same.”

A10-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Check­book’s mys­tery shop­pers found that the sales prices on home ap­pli­ances at many stores are more of­ten than not the usual prices.

Brasler rec­om­mends con­sumers be­gin shop­ping for kitchen ap­pli­ances when they’re ready to buy them in­stead of wait­ing for “deals”.

Get quotes via email

Many con­sumers make the mis­take of phys­i­cally go­ing to stores for quotes when they should be ob­tain­ing them through email, Brasler says. Do­ing so will not only help you save time, but also pro­tect you from suc­cumb­ing to a sales­per­son’s face-to-face ne­go­ti­at­ing tac­tics. Plus, “it forces stores to com­pete for your busi­ness”.

Look past ad­ver­tised prices

Most ap­pli­ance man­u­fac­tur­ers dic­tate the min­i­mum prices at which stores can ad­ver­tise their prod­ucts. Just be­cause some­thing is listed at a cer­tain price doesn’t mean you can’t get a bet­ter deal.

Don’t rely on hag­gling

Some shop­pers bar­gain with re­tail­ers over ap­pli­ances, but that doesn’t al­ways lead to the best deal. A bet­ter ap­proach, Brasler says, is to sim­ply ask stores for their best price up­front when gath­er­ing quotes.

Make sure you’re get­ting the “allin price” that in­cludes in­stal­la­tion, de­liv­ery costs and taxes. “A lot of on­line-only re­tail­ers don’t fac­tor in de­liv­ery and in­stal­la­tion.”.

Com­pare poli­cies on price­match­ing

If you have a favourite re­tailer, see whether the shop is will­ing to match the best price you ob­tained. When hunt­ing for deals, look at on­line and in-store pro­mo­tions – they don’t al­ways match.

Re­sist ex­tended war­ranties

Ex­tended war­ranties are profit- able for stores, but rarely a good deal, Brasler says. The chance of hav­ing an is­sue dur­ing the ex­tended war­ranty pe­riod is low and the cost of the re­pair of­ten doesn’t ex­ceed the cost of the ex­tended war­ranty.

Bun­dle

If you’re buy­ing more than one ap­pli­ance, you can save by bundling. Buy­ing three or more ap­pli­ances to­gether could reap a big dis­count.

Hire a con­trac­tor for in­stal­la­tion

A num­ber of re­tail­ers charge steep fees for in­stal­la­tion ser­vices. Try hir­ing a li­censed plumber, elec­tri­cian or other con­trac­tor to in­stall ap­pli­ances at a cheaper price.

Buy sec­ond­hand

Buy­ing used ap­pli­ances can be a great way to cut costs, but you have to shop smart. You’ll want to buy from a used-ap­pli­ances store that sells re­fur­bished prod­ucts with war­ranties rather than off a web­site, where you don’t re­ally know what you’re get­ting. – Wash­ing­ton Post

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