With the incredible variety of choices consumers must sort through when comparison shopping for appliances, it’s no surprise that there are mistakes that are commonly made that can end up being costly over time.
These mistakes include:
1.Shopping on price exclusively
The basis for comparison shopping is often the purchasing price, but using this metric as the only component of the decision-making process leaves out several factors that can influence both the purchasing price and the cost of operation.
2.Ignoring installation costs
Installing appliances can be a costly pursuit in a number of ways including modifications to space where the appliance will be located. This expense can turn an ill-fitting appliance bought on sale into a more expensive selection than other higher quality selections.
3.Buying products from unfamiliar manufacturers
Products that are made by unfamiliar manufacturers may be offered at an attractive price, but the discount may be present for a very good reason; that manufacturer may be building appliances with substandard parts and technology. This problem grows in magnitude when the manufacturer is overseas, making customer service and repair issues even more difficult to resolve.Being pushed into a purchase because “The sale ends today!.
These types of items are often not the ones on which you’ve done research and are familiar with. Similar to buying on price alone, this type of pressure sale often results in the purchase of an inferior product that may cost more in repairs and energy use than the models that were on your “buy” list.
based on the price of an appliance may save money at the time of purchase but can get more expensive quickly. Whether the result is expensive repairs, a costly installation, or replacement parts that can’t be found, that “sweet deal” can turn sour quickly.