Fly-by-night rug sellers in auctions, hotel sales, airport hangers are a too good to be true deal
We are very happy when we score a great deal, no matter what the product or service, but we should also be thinking about quality along with the great price. It is not good to buy an wool area rug for cheap only to find out that it is really a synthetic rug.
Last year I wrote a blog post about the dangers of fly by night rug sellers. Yesterday in the mail Luv-A-Rug received a flier for a huge rug bankruptcy liquidation where you can buy authentic rugs for 80% off with a 2nd rug free. Wow! that is quite a deal.
It is a very enticing offer, but it sets off a few red flags. For one there is no information about who is selling the rugs, no company name or contact numbers or website. How are you to trust that they are an above board company to deal with? What are their qualifications, education, how long have they been in business?
Second they go on about how only the finest materials were used to make the rugs. Only the best wool, silk and cotton are used, I don’t know about you, but I question the the validity of such a statement when they are selling them at such low prices.
It is easy to say that a rug is silk when it is not real silk. We have had a lovely lady bring in her “silk” rug that she purchased during her travels to China. She paid a large amount for the rug because she had watched the rugs being made and was told her rug was silk. It turned out to be an fake silk that had silk fringes added to the rug. It is always hard to break the news that the rug you bought is not the rug you paid for.
The third thing that jumps put as a red flag is the exchange warranty. The way it is written cancels out most of the rugs they would be selling, plus how do you exchange a rug when the people selling them won’t be in town for more than a few days?
With events like this that sell area rugs in volume it is all about buyer beware. It is easy to get a great deal on a rug, but there is no after the sale service. Anyone can say that rug is worth a lot, but if you don’t have trust in that person or company how do you really know?
The best way to see if they are a trustworthy company is to ask questions? Find out where they got their knowledge on area rugs, who and where they get the rug from. Shady companies don’t like questions. Buying area rugs from a store that is located in your community, where the owners live, and they care about your needs for an area rug is always the best way to get a great deal.
If you do find a rug that you love, but want a second opinion ask if you can take the rug to get evaluated. Bring it to Luv-A-Rug and we will tell you what kind of rug it is and if you are getting a good deal. We are at 2-4144 Wilkinson Rd at Interurban 250-590-6210.
Here is a spoof of the tactics rug businesses use when going out of business.
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary sharing my rug knowledge to make you knowledge too.