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Casa Quickie: Buy the Floor Model

Some friends of mine just got a great deal on a off-white couch from Room and Board that I was shocked to learn was a floor model; it looked pristine and unsullied by shoppers' hands (or tushes). Their find reminded me about the fabulousness of floor models, the furniture pieces that retailers sell at a discount after they've been sitting on the showroom floor.

At Ikea it's called the "as is" section, and sometimes the pieces can be gently worn, scratched, or even busted. But if the price is low enough, it may be worth it to make a few repairs. Other times, they're in near-perfect condition; one blogger scored a stunning $300 rug for $50. More important, they're usually a serious deal: this Moroso Tord Boontje Oval Table from Velocity Art and Design looks pretty and polished, and it's $3,384.50, marked down from $6,769.

Have you ever purchased a floor model? If so, share your tales below.

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SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
I think it would have to have no marks on it for me to buy a floor model. I love the Moroso Tord Boontje Oval Table featured in the pictures, but the price makes me cringe.
emalove emalove 8 years
Not my ideal option, but I'd consider it if the piece was in great shape and at a discounted price.
BellaH68 BellaH68 8 years
I bought a display microwave from Best Buy for $50. I had a $25 Best Buy Rewards certificate, and there was a $30 in the end, I was paid $5 to take the Microwave and it works perfectly, several years & moves later!
1janhodges 1janhodges 8 years
I bought my washer and dryer as a floor model from Best Buy. I got "new" Whirlpool set for $100, and the sales guy threw in delivery for free!
gooniette gooniette 8 years
We bought both of our couches from EQ3 as floor models. One was on sale and they threw in the other one for a great deal. There were just a few glue marks on them that were easy to clean up.
shoegirl365 shoegirl365 8 years
I bought the eliptical machine from Sears for $400.. It was priced at $900 retail value. As I had done extensive searches on the types of Eliptical machines my luck was pretty good. for an extra $150 I was able to add 2 year extra full warantee from sears, so for the next 3 years I have free service whenever I need for my machine. Suprisingly I haven't had any problems with the machine considering it was a floor model... I guess not many people at that Sears look for excercise machines :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I always check the "as is" section, you never know!
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