Furniture stores on the internet are a relatively new phenomenon. Before their inception, conventional wisdom was that furniture shoppers needed to not only see the furniture piece in person, but touch and feel it as well.
Good internet furniture stores bridge that gap as much as possible by including not just one but multiple images of a products as well as detailed descriptions of products. In addition, buying furniture on the web is at once easy and convenient. On the web, thousands of furniture manufacturers and countless pieces of furniture are within your fingertips.
Unlike with brick and mortar stores, when you shop for furniture online, you don’t have to deal with obnoxious sales people desperate to make a sale. We do our best to answer all of your questions before you have to ask them. However, if for some reason you have unanswered questions, we eagerly await your phone call or email.
Nevertheless, as you likely well know, there are certain downfalls to shopping on the web. With so many web sites and web stores on the internet, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the legitimate from fraudulent.
In order to help you make that determination, we at Prime Furniture Source have come up with a simple method to smarter shopping online, called SDP, Security, Design and Professionalism.
- Security: Before you go through the checkout process of any web store, ensure that your transaction will be securely encrypted. When you enter a secure section of a web site, the “http” in the address bar will turn to “https” and a lock icon on the Status Bar on the bottom right. Doubleclicking on the lock icon will provide you with additional information about the level of security on any web site.
- Design: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but ugly is a gold standard. Web site design is often the biggest hint as to the legitimacy of a web store. Design is more than just about color options and fonts, it is also about site organization and layout. The design of any web store should serve to aid you in your shopping. If the design of any web store interferes with your shopping experience, it’s likely best to continue shipping at another store.
- Professionalism: Although a professional design is an important facet of any legitimate web store, professionalism also involves making contact information available to the customer. Any legitimate web store will have an 800# that you can call with questions regarding products or services. If you can’t find any contact information or if customer service representatives don’t return your call, move on.
At Prime Furniture Source, we strive to provide all of the above and more. Whether you are searching for bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, living room furniture or any other kind of furniture, we are eager and willing to help you find it. E-mail or call to find out more about our products, employees and our store.
Trust is important. We hope you’ll allow us to earn yours. Drop us a line and let us know how we’re doing, we’d love to hear from you.
The PrimeFurnitureSource.com Team