There was a recent article on Yahoo that was talking about the right and wrong things to buy on the internet. One of the things not to buy was an appliance. Of course the most obvious reasons not to buy an expensive appliance on the internet is the hands on approach. It is impossible to look at the appliance, to touch it and feel it, you get the picture. While this is all true there are typically some important benefits to buying online.
The Most Important Benefit Is Savings
Many retailers such as the Home Depot prefer consumers make their purchase online, How do I know this? Free Shipping. The GE Built In Tall Tub Dishwasher is $649 in the store and available for purchase online. More items are purchased on the internet than are not these days. I know the desire to see it and push the buttons to see how it will look in your kitchen, but in actuality, you can not see how it works anyways.
Shipping and Handling
Another issue people run into when they are considering the purchase of a large appliance in person is the shipping and handling. With the economy in the dumps, many consumers are going smaller when it comes to transportation; this means you will likely need to find someone with a truck or van to help you transport your best rated dishwasher. If there is no one available, you then must wait until someone is available or pay the home improvement store to deliver your dishwasher or other item on their schedule. I am a touch and feel type of person and making a large purchase that would affect the appearance of my kitchen makes purchasing online a little difficult but I have found it much more appealing as of late.
Research at Your Fingertips
Whether you are an internet genius or someone with little online knowledge it is quite easy to find all of the necessary information about any given topic on the internet. In going to a home improvement store, I find myself at the mercy of the “knowledgeable associate.” They may or may not know the answers to my questions. If I perform a search on Black or White dishwashers or a specific name brand on the internet, I am flooded with information. If I find the information to be helpful, I feel better about making a purchase via the online search engines.