Online Buying Advice
Are you thinking of buying a new picnic table online? This could be a sensible decision, with plenty of money to be saved using the Internet. We've regularly identified savings of up to 60% by shopping in this way.
But you will need to think about a number of factors before making your purchase. Ideally, you'll clearly be looking for the best possible product at the lowest price. So let's take a look at how this can be achieved.
Firstly, let's turn our attention to the issue of price. It's so much easier to compare prices online. Unlike with DIY stores or garden centres, you can carry out price comparisons from the comfort of your own home. Take advantage of this opportunity to secure the lowest prices.
Price comparison websites could represent a good way of achieving this. You're probably already aware of some of the leading websites of this nature in the UK. Remember that some exclude delivery costs, which can make quite a difference.
There's no point finding a seemingly great deal if it's with an online retailer who offers poor customer service, slow delivery times and damaged goods. That's why it's important that you aim to shop with a more reputable retailer.
There are a number of ways that you can approach this. Trusted personal recommendations would certainly be a great starting point.
You can also often tell a lot from looking at a retailer's site. Does it offer the security measures that you might expect.
You could also look out for independent online reviews. These can be a great source of information. Do remember, however, that people tend to be more vocal in their complaints on such sites. It might be wise to read a variety of reviews, rather than assuming that the experience of a single disenchanted customer is typical.
As well as opting for a picnic bench that has an appealing price tag, you'll want to be sure that it's built to last. This means that you'll need to take a closer interest in how it's made.
In particular, you'll need to consider the materials used in its construction. We prefer wooden picnic tables, but even these come in a variety of styles. Check out the wood that's been used and whether it's sustainable.
Guarantees offered by the manufacturer may also be a good indicator. A manufacturer, or retailer, who is happy to boast about the warranty on a particular table may well be doing so based on their own confidence in the build quality.
Some final thoughts
There's no doubt that you can make substantials savings by shopping online. There's also the opportunity to buy a high quality product.
You should be able to purchase a table that's at least as good as that found at a local garden centre. You should also be paying a lot less for it. Making the best buying decision is all about being informed.
By making good use of the internet (including our own site), you can build up some great knowledge on these products. Use that information wisely and you'll be on the right track.
Don't forget that there are some other excellent sources of information about picnic tables too.
For basic information, we'd point you in the direction of the Wikipedia picnic tables entry.
If you're looking to carry out some very quick price comparisons then Nextag provide a good overview here in the UK.
Would you prefer to make your own picnic table? It can be done - check out online instructions on how to achieve this.