Speaking of really heavy things, you may also want to stick to traditional retailers if you’re looking for big appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators. While shipping costs come into play here, there’s an even bigger factor at work.
“Big-ticket items can be cheaper in stores, because you can haggle or use cash,” says Teri Gault of TheGroceryGame.com. “And with furniture and appliances, you can buy the floor model reduced so much that it can beat online prices.”
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Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com likewise recommends getting a floor model “that has some scratches on it” when looking to save on appliances at a bricks-and-mortar store.
Sales associates on the floor at big appliance retailers will often be empowered to negotiate for the price of a large appliance – and with a sales commission on the line, many of them will be all too happy to take some dollars off the price to close a sale. That’s an experience you just won’t get on Amazon.
Gault previously shared her haggling tips in our ultimate guide to haggling.