July 1, 2015

Best Time to Buy Sofa

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After years of using the couch to accommodate guests, catch your favorite sitcoms, cheer on your favorite team during televised football games, or even take a nap on occasion, your sofa will need a replacement.

Unfortunately, sofas are a living room staple, so most sales that appear throughout the year aren’t the most enticing. But there are a few specific times of the year to land the best deal:

When to Buy a Sofa

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  • January
    The holiday season has come to a close, and retailers desperately need to clear warehouse and showroom space to make room for February arrivals.

  • July
    In August, the second wave of new inventory arrives, so retailers start reducing the prices of existing sofas to clear out the older models.

  • September
    Consumers are preparing for the arrival of guests for the holiday season. This is when retailers capitalize on the increased demand by offering promotions on sleeper sofas and sectionals.

  • November
    For many customers, November is one of the most exciting months of the year. Not only does it welcome friends and family from near and far to partake in Thanksgiving Day festivities, but retailers offer popular items at rock bottom prices during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. And sofas are sure to be in the mix; look for discounts ranging from 25 to 30 percent on select models. But be prepared for shortages since most items are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and quantities are limited.

How to Save Money Buying a Sofa

  • Look for clearance items.
    In most instances, retailers offer outdated, discontinued or slightly damaged sofas at a discount of 50 percent or more to encourage shoppers to purchase on the spot.

  • Buy used.
    But be sure the sofa is from a reputable second-hand store or clean residence, or you could end up with an allergic reaction or even bed bugs.

  • Skip the high-end designer couches.
    It’s easy to find a less expensive sofa comparable to the one offered by your favorite designer. Besides, who’s really going to care about the manufacturer if the label is not visible and the sofa is comfortable?

  • Negotiate.
    This works best with independent retailers. You probably won’t have much luck with major chains, such as Rooms to Go and Macy’s, that will stick to their guns. The smaller retailers tend to have lower overhead costs and are more eager to make a sale — even if they have to give a discount.

  • Shop around.
    Don’t go with the first sofa that tickles your fancy. Shop around to explore other options that fit your budget, and you may spot something that’s even more visually appealing, comfortable, and affordable.

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