How to get a deal at Art Van Furniture

November 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm 7 comments

Looking to pick up some new furniture, perhaps at a discount? Here are some tips from my most recent furniture purchase.

  • LOCATIONS: Visit multiple locations.  Of the 3 stores I visited, there was different furniture on the floor at each one.  You may find something you like better or a similar piece at a better price
  • SPECIALS: Once you know what you want, check the Art Van website for current specials.  They love to run specials on Wednesday or holidays.  Sometimes it’s no sales tax, other times it’s a percentage off, or no-interest financing.  Also, check the Art Van Facebook page for “member” specials.  You qualify for these too!  If they are vague (ie “Huge Sale”) call the store and ask what the sale entails.
  • PAYMENT TYPE: Ask the salesperson if you can get an extra discount for paying with cash/check
  • SPECIAL ALTERNATIVE: Ask if you can get a discount instead of taking the interest-free financing
  • NEGOTIATE: If you’re salesperson won’t budge on the price, find a salesperson who will.  Find someone who has not spoken with you yet and blatantly ask them “Do you want to make a sale today?” If they can’t help either, be ready to walk away and wait for the next big sale
  • 30 DAY PRICE MATCH: After you make your purchase, you have a 30 day price guarantee.  Check back on the websites for new specials to make sure you got the best price possible (they won’t notify you of a better price, you have to call them on it)

During my experience, I did each of these things.  I found what I wanted at the 3rd store.  The couch was in stock in the color I wanted instead of having to special order a similar couch ($200 savings by not having to special order 2 pieces).  I asked about paying in cash and getting an extra discount instead of taking the financing but didn’t have luck with those.

When my salesperson would not budge on price (current offer was they pay 6% sales tax), I pretended to leave.  I then approached a salesperson and asked “Would you like to make a sale today?“.  I explained what I wanted and he went to talk to his manager and came back with a total of 10% off (+4% discount from existing sale).  When I explained that I was hoping for more of a discount, I was informed of a special at one store only where I could get 20% off (+14% discount from existing sale).  The event was advertised on facebook but did not explicitly state the percent savings.  A quick call to the store confirmed 20% off.

I have been checking the website for better deals now that I’m in my 30 day price match period.  This Wednesday there is a 15% off special.  Not quite what I got, but if you would have paid full price, it would be a significant savings.

Happy furniture hunting!

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. steveconroy  |  November 22, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    If you use try these tactics, post your results so others know what works best.

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  • 2. Kozmo  |  November 30, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    IDEA..start a business shopping for deals for people….using your 10 step method. Charge them 25 percent of what you have saved for them. $1000 piece of furniture, you get it for $800, you save them $200, you get 25% of the $200 ($50). Their net savings is still $150. The harder you apply your savings methods, the more you would make.

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  • 3. baskoro  |  December 2, 2010 at 3:12 am

    success for you

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  • 4. steveconroy  |  December 2, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Art Van is having a sale Saturday Dec 4th from 25% off everything (7-8am), 20% (8-12pm), 15% off (12-4). You must print the page to get the deal

    Beat the Clock Sale

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  • 5. steveconroy  |  December 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Another sale at Art Van – Sunday Dec 26th get 20% off if between 8-11.

    http://www.artvan.com/Furniture/Store/Content_LP20101223-AfterChristmas_10001_10052_-1_N?CID=EM20101223-AfterChristmas01

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  • 6. Paul  |  April 25, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I just bought a sectional at Art Van and i was paying cash. I inquired about a no tax special and our salesman Adam confirmed that if i bought today they would pay all of the sales tax. We wrapped up the deal on the spot. Thanks guys, you were a tremendous help.

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  • 7. Mark  |  January 11, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Man you guys are getting ripped lol. I went in yesterday when they had the 15% deal. I got them to change that to 25%. On top of that they offered me a 40″ TV that in turn traded for free delivery. They then threw in a large ottoman at cost(half off). We left a $50 deposit and were told he would talk to another manager today about anything else he can do. I am expecting a call at noon to which I am going to tell him that we are going to look around a bit more before we commit to the buy if he doesn’t come down more. I anticipate a call back after that, they’re salesman and there is always money to be made for them. How else would they be able to have so many 25% off sales? The 25% is just the fat, the price they fluff and anticipate to drop anyways. Keep in mind, despite the price they show as competitors pricing is BS, they still have a ridiculous mark-up on the furniture.

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