Over the weekend, I finished assembling a bar height patio dining set that allows me to have my morning cup of coffee on the deck. In a mere three days this has honestly become a life highlight.
Emboldened by this experience, I decided to embark on a bigger project: replacing our kitchen table. The current one’s days were numbered anyway. It seats six, and there are seven of us (if one will be in a high chair for a while).
I spend a lot of time surfing the web while nursing a baby these days, so I’d hunted through hundreds of 8-seat listings. My husband mentioned “farmhouse style” and his approval was necessary in this case because our existing kitchen table was his purchase some 20 years ago, and he was (is) quite attached to it. I found a table we both liked on Overstock.
So, I was thinking of going for it when I noticed that, suspiciously, there was another listing on Overstock with the exact same photo for a lower price. I soon found it seemed to come in multiple iterations, possibly through different middle men. I don’t know, but I read the customer reviews and soon figured out the actual manufacturer.
Once I had a name, I could just search on that. I learned that the table could be purchased separately from the chairs (from multiple retailers!), and the chairs could be purchased in packages of two (this is all flat-pack assembly-required stuff). So I wound up purchasing a 2-pack of chairs, which came Tuesday. I made them Tuesday evening and liked them enough that I went back online and purchased 6 more chairs plus the table. All on Overstock, but for about $900 less than the original price I found.
This took place online but reminded me more of shopping in a bazaar, where nothing has an actual price. The guy three booths down will quote an entirely different price on the same green bowl. You look around and figure out what you’re willing to pay. Then you wait, and with the element of time, the seller comes down (or in this case, sends a digital coupon). It’s hard to say what anything is really “worth.” But it probably isn’t the first number you see.
What’s the best deal you’ve ever found online?
Photo: the two new chairs