When it comes to personal finance, I always aim for the best deal I can find. After I find the best deal I usually try to get an even better deal. I work in sales so it’s just habit.
Recently, I purchased a new stainless steel dishwasher, stove, and refrigerator for our kitchen and got an awesome deal. I’m not big on buying anything used because you never know for sure what you will get. I also buy items for the long term. I don’t believe in buying something that’s cheap that I’ll just have to replace in under a year.
I wanted to give my kitchen a new look but it’s so expensive to purchase new appliances. I got extremely lucky. One of my friends had wanted a front load washing machine and through a friend found a man who buys damaged appliances and fixes them.
I, of course, was entirely skeptical and doubted that the appliances would even work. I advised her against buying the washing machine and told her it was probably a waste of money. She, of course, bought it anyway because it fit her budget. She bought a $1200 washing machine for $200. Less than a month after making the purchase it messed up. The person who sold it to her offered to fix or replace it at no cost. The problem was taken care of in less than two days and that’s when I changed my mind about buying used.
I scored on new appliances for our kitchen. I bought a dishwasher, refrigerator, and stove and saved over $2,200. I couldn’t be happier with my choice. Nothing has gone wrong with any of the appliances and the defects were fixed before I purchased anything. Apparently he buys damaged appliances from the Sears in our area for next to nothing and fixes them for resale.
The person I bought the appliances from assured me that he would fix or replace anything that failed and after seeing his treatment of my friend, I feel confident that he will deliver if there happens to be a problem. He even delivered everything and helped me move it in. I feel like I got a really sweet deal and saved tons of money..
In fact, I’m so happy with the money I’ve saved, I find myself looking for used or refurbished items on a regular basis.
I would suggest asking friends and relatives if they know anyone who does this sort of thing in your area. Of course, make sure that the person has a wonderful reputation and guarantees their work and the items they sell. Also, if you are a handy man or don’t mind footing the bill to have something fixed, you can buy a damaged item yourself and either fix it or have it fixed. To save money on big purchases you have to think outside of the box or take a chance every now and then.
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