When you know that you are moving your sight changes and you start planning everything about your new home. Often in your plans comes up the idea of what kind of a future home you would like to have. And here shows up a very common moving scam to be careful of: buying furniture off the back of a truck. At first glance you may think you are getting a bargain but in reality this is not true. It is not advisable to buy furniture off truck and if you are offered this option the best thing to do is simply say “no”. Why and what do you need to know about buying furniture off the back of a truck?
Buying Furniture from Trucks
Usually you will hear a knock on your door and someone will offer to you furniture in a truck parked right outside your door with a special, exclusive “offer” – to get it on a discount. But with this discount you may be still given a price that is in the range of thousands of dollars. The truck or/ and the furniture may carry the marks of a particular furniture company or the people who sell it may claim they work for a particular famous company but don’t fall into the trap: you may end up spending unreasonably high amounts of money on something that is with very low quality and unclear made. And once the truck is gone, you have given your money to those people and you contact the company they claim they come from the truth comes out: the furniture company sells things only at stores and you’ve been scammed. It is very likely that such furniture coming out of a truck sale may be broken or have parts missing. But once the sale’s vehicle is gone you have no contacts to reach, no guarantee and no turning back. Of course, you can be given a card with company name, contact person, phones and addresses – which can be produced easily, and unfortunately – be forged just as easily. Once you call and no one responds or calls back you know something is wrong.
If you encounter the problem on the spot, right during the sale, you will get the promise of the problem being fixed or parts of the furniture being replaced on a later stage. When you are interested in purchasing something like this for your home go to the stores, ask to see the office, the showroom, you can even request to be taken to the warehouse. In this way you will be better informed of the company, how it works and what policy it has towards its customers.
Buying furniture is just one of the moving scams you may encounter. It is also possible that the name of the things you are being sold is very similar to a famous company name and if you don’t pay attention you may buy something with low quality rather than “the real thing”. Being careful, double-checking everything and asking questions is the right way to make sure things are going in the right direction with your moving. You can find more questions to ask when buying new furniture on this link. It is not advisable buy furniture off the back of the truck: it may be second-hand offered to you as new, it may be of low quality or stolen. Even if you still decide to make the purchase, write the number plates and pay by check. You can then check with the police the number plates and if something’s wrong you can cancel the check.
The best thing to do though is always get furniture from sources you are sure about like amazon, craigslist or ebay – they are a different thing because you are clear if the item is second hand and where it was made. And you can always contact a moving company for the delivery and assembly of any kind of furniture – artwork or just a regular piece when packing your bedroom. Also before you decide to buy any furniture check the size of it, the size of the room it will be in and the size of the door to make sure it will fit through. If you would like to know more about how to move large furniture you can click here.
Be ready to hear all kinds of stories and excuses why the sale is being made from a truck: the vehicle brought furniture but the customers gave up on it, they have a special deal and they want to let you know about it, etc. Whatever the story, follow your common sense in order to protect yourself from unpleasant situations. Ask the salesperson for a license. Talk to neighbors who have been offered the same “deal” and if you sense something wrong like lack of license you may decide to call the police. Often such persons with their trucks will simply be escorted out of the neighborhood.
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