I posted a question a week or so ago about market stall holders using plastic baskets to weigh produce in and I’ve pretty much been assured that we are not likely to be being ripped off with the practice. Thank you for all the replies.
However, that niggle has just been replaced by a bug in my brain after spending a couple of days looking for a carpet.
Long story short, we went into our nearest branch of a national flooring retailer to get a quote for a carpet which we want to place over floor tiles that are ugly and desperately need covering.
Having chosen the carpet, given the salesman the relevant sizes and asked for a couple of additional options, he told us he would do the work for 650 euros. We managed to get him down to 600 euros.
Because we weren’t sure if this was a decent price, we thought we’d try another branch of the same company a few days later. The second branch is about 10 minutes drive further away from the first.
With exactly the same carpet, dimensions and additional options the salesman there quoted 1,050 euros!
I won’t mention the name of the Company as they haven’t done the job yet but just thought I’d mention this on the forum in case anyone is thinking of buying any sort of floor covering from one of the nationwide retailers expecting them to quote identical prices in all the branches. That wouldn’t have been the case for us in this instance and, bizarrely, even shopping around within the same Company prevented us from being “ripped off” to the tune of 450 euros.
I should add that most of the difference appears to be down to the cost of fitting the carpet with each salesman working out the cost of doing this using their own calculations.
To add to all that, we did get a quote from an independent flooring retailer which was for 2,100 euros (as if we were going to pay that!). 600 euros now seems a very good price.
So, a bit of a cautionary tale that deserves not to be swept under the rug!
Have a good weekend all.