Generally speaking, we feel that if you can’t do it on the internet, it isn’t worth doing. Think about it for a second. What can you do online? Read both essential news and totally frivolous gossip; shop for anything from groceries to ball gowns; find out what the weather will be like tomorrow and what people wore to the beach 100 years ago. What can’t you do online? Wait in an actual line, get booster shots, and get punched in the face. Clearly, the internet is where it’s at.
But should you do our most favorite thing — buy office furniture — online? This is an important question that every prospective furniture buyer must answer for themselves, but we have a few thoughts about the pros and cons of online furniture shopping that might help you make up your mind.
Benefits of Buying Online:
1. Comparing prices. In the bad old days, we used to have to go store to store to figure out which retailer was offering the lowest prices. Now, we can just go online and open a bunch of tabs. This also spares us having to have long, fruitless discussions with salesmen who refuse to acknowledge that a competitor might be offering a better deal.
2. Staying home. It’s really a miracle that anyone ever goes outdoors. Shopping online is famously easy and low-stress.
3. No need to hire a decorator. There are so many free office planning tools online these days, there’s no need to shell out for a professional planner.
Drawbacks to Buying Online:
1. You don’t get to see the furniture up close. Online photos are notoriously unreliable. Just ask anyone who’s ever bought hair dye based on the picture on the box. If you want to make sure that you’re really getting the color and texture from the picture, you’ll want to see the furniture up close.
2. You don’t get any help. Sure, some places have high-pressure sales people, and that makes it hard to remember what your original purchasing priorities were before you came into the store. But a good sales person is worth his or weight in gold. The right sales associate will inform you about the product and help you make the best possible decision.
3. Sometimes, you don’t get what you pay for. Not every online store has fulfillment down to a science. Just ask anyone who’s ever ordered a book about fishing and received a gross of fish hooks instead.
Finally, we’d be fools not to mention that Arnolds has both a physical showroom and online ordering. So if you want the best of both worlds, look no further.