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Have You Ever Bought a Floor Model?

After waiting three months for Design Within Reach to restock the Coral Pendant that I'd ordered back in late August, I gave up and went down to my local store. After talking with a friendly store manager, he emailed other Bay Area DWR stores to see if we could track down a floor model of the Coral Pendant. Within two hours, he'd called us at home to tell us there was one 20 miles away that I could pick up that afternoon!

Not only was the floor model half price, I also didn't have to assemble it. And, as anyone who's assembled one of these David Trubridge pendants can attest, the assembly alone can take hours.

c4rolin3 c4rolin3 7 years
mslewis- now there's an idea!!!! :) i love the louis ghost chairs!
zoorph zoorph 7 years
Elfa shelving and drawer units. I wait until the last possible moment of a Container Store sale and play pathetic. "Oh, no, I guess I could just turn it and that minor nick in the corner that takes another 10% off the 55% off price because it's the floor model is ok..."
dootsie dootsie 7 years
It's the only way to go! They're almost always only willing to sell the floor model at the end of the season, so there's a chance that your dream item will be a bit damaged. However, a small bit of damage may mean an incredible discount.
mslewis mslewis 7 years
I bought my fridge as a floor model. It was 50% off, which made it even more wonderful. My old one has broken down just when I had no money to replace it. I have to say, I don't like that pendant!! It looks a bit too "industrial" for my taste. But, glad you found it, at half the price!! Maybe I should go to DWR to try to buy a Louis Ghost chair floor model and get 1/2 off!! I really need a few of those chairs.
NurseKimberly NurseKimberly 7 years
Nope
supercoolnat supercoolnat 7 years
Yes, a chair from West Elm. We went there to check out the chair for a potential purchase, and ended up buying a floor model that was in a discontinued fabric. It was in excellent condition, especially considering it was uphostered.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
Yes I got a lovely lamp from Pottery Barn that was a floor model. It was rather expensive and was $400 off. I also had enough gift cards saved up that it ended up costing me $17.
leabythesea leabythesea 7 years
All the time. We purchased floor model appliances for our kitchen. They were never used and were so much cheaper.
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