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How to get a deal at Art Van Furniture

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!

November 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm 7 comments

I Think I Have a Problem

I love logging into Facebook and seeing the red notification symbol pop up in the bottom of my screen. Right before I open the notifications window, I try to predict what it’s going to tell me. It’s like a little game. But I think I’m addicted. I am disappointed when I log in and nothing new is waiting for me.


December 11, 2008 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

It’s not official until . . .

Dating someone?  Breaking up?  Engaged?  It’s not official until you update your facebook status to reflect the change.

P.S.  If you are planning on doing any of the above mentioned items, make sure you actually tell the person first before changing your relationship status.  Everyone should know AFTER your significant other.

October 30, 2008 at 1:08 pm 2 comments

Math.ceil(), ever hear of it?

My facebook fantasy football application displays the league stats on the application homepage. For something as trivial as fantasy football, I think I could deal with 1 decimal place precision, perhaps even just rounded integers, instead of 13 decimal places. This is just ridiculous:

Facebook Fantasy Football Stats

In case you aren’t familiar with the ceiling function, here’s the link

September 23, 2008 at 9:41 am 2 comments

How to Stop Facebook Email Spam

Tired of logging into your mail client to see something like this?

Me too. Usually I’ve already seen the new wall post or comment on my status before I check my mail, and the few times I haven’t, I feel like the anticipation of logging in to Facebook to see what’s new has been ruined. Luckily, Facebook allows you to change your email settings.

In the new facebook, simply click the ‘Settings’ link in the top navigation and then select the ‘Notifications’ tab. Here you can set your email preference on everything from being notified when someone pokes you to when someone you may know joins Facebook. I currently have 45 options that can email me (each application you use has it’s own settings as well, but usually only 1 per application).

As of 9/19/08, I will receive 0 notification emails.

September 18, 2008 at 11:41 am 6 comments


Whatever happened to A/S/L? I guess Chris Hansen may have had something to do with the downturn in ’13/f/TX’ posting in chat rooms. Perhaps the decline of AOL as the predominate service provider had something to do with it? Has myspace, facebook, and twitter replaced the conventional chat room? Or maybe a/s/l still exists and I haven’t seen it because of my lack of participation inside a chat room in the last 10 years.

Oh, and what about “a/s/l/ with pic” – classic.

September 11, 2008 at 10:52 pm 2 comments

An Internet Tutorial – How to print a picture

While browsing a facebook photo gallery I ran across a comment that reminded me of the wide range of proficiencies in today’s internet user. The comment read “Can you email me this picture so I can print it?” For some, this may seem like a perfectly normal request. However, this task can be done without any type of email being sent.

Directions for saving an image from a webpage

  1. Right-click the mouse over the image
  2. A menu will appear. The options will vary from browser to browser, but you want to select Save Picture As from the menu.
    Save Picture As
  3. Select a location and name the picture, just like saving a document

Now you have the picture saved locally on your computer and can do what you want with it.

As a word of warning – some sites like Facebook will compress images upon upload to save on file size. This may cause the photo quality to be less than that of the original photo. In that case, or in the case where you want to print a 24″x36″ portrait, you may want the original. I’m 95% certain that’s not the reason this user was asking for the picture via email.

September 10, 2008 at 1:53 pm 1 comment

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