If you need a new refrigerator, stove, or washer and dryer, there are ways to get good deals at appliance stores. Some tactics for getting a high quality item at a reasonable price include: comparing prices online before heading out to the shops, looking at both giant retail outlets and tiny mom-and-pop shops, waiting for sales, and bargaining in person. Of course you want to get a reliable, functional item, but you don't want to pay top dollar to get it.
Comparing prices online will save you time and money. Instead of driving all over town, go to appliance stores' websites and compare similar items. These sites might not have every refrigerator on the planet on both their website and in their shop but you'll get an idea of the best prices. If you know exactly what model you're looking for, calling ahead to speak with a salesperson can also be a wise move. Nothing beats shopping in person, however, so narrow your search down to a handful of shops and visit them all.
There are good deals to be had at both gigantic retail and discount chains as well as at little mom-and-pop appliance stores. While the big chains can buy in bulk in order to offer lower prices, they are already making a substantial profit due to the sheer numbers. Each and every customer may not matter as much to their bottom line so they may not work with you on special requests. Mom-and-pop shops, on the other hand, are small enough that every sale matters. They might deliver your new stove for free or sell you last year's model at a reduced price to clear their storage space.
Watching for sales and promotions is always a smart move. If you have a favorite shop, ask them when they'll hold their clearance sales. If you're buying energy efficient models, there may be rebates and tax credits. Survey sale flyers, newspaper advertisements, and lowest price guarantees. Some shops will take a percentage off a competitor's price if you purchase your stove or washing machine from them.
Believe it or not, some stores will lower their price if you haggle with them. This is especially true of the smaller shops. Sometimes salespersons are allowed to give discounts if you pay with cash rather than plastic. It costs storekeepers money to run your credit card and some of them will pass that savings on to you.
Appliance stores can be the source of great bargains on top quality merchandise. If you take your time, you'll find what you need at a price you can afford. Comparison shop online, watch for sales, and haggle with shopkeepers to get the best deals.