September 22, 2017

I used Gumtree to buy Furniture and I Actually Saved Money

Gumtree is a great resource to find cheap second-hand furniture, which will help you save loads over buying new.

Gumtree is great for buying cheap, but it also enables you to fill your house with an eclectic mix of unique furniture piece for and individual look.

For a long time, I lived with no lounge. I didn’t buy one when I move out of my parent’s home and never really seemed to need one. But, that changed when my wife became pregnant for the first time.

All she wanted to do was lay on a lounge! It was time to go couch shopping. I like to buy cheap furniture, so I thought I would start with Gumtree.

Gumtree is one of the best places in Australia to find budget furniture. Not because it’s poor quality or cheaply made, but because it is second hand. In fact, sometimes you can get something for free if you’re able to move it yourself.

Gumtree is great for buying cheap, but it also enables you to fill your house with an eclectic mix of unique furniture piece for and individual look.

Gumtree is dead simple to use, and you don’t need to pay anything to sign up. Here’s how:

  1. Search in your location for what you want to buy
  2. Browse the results for a suitable item
  3. Contact the seller directly.

Here’s how to save money, but also make sure you get quality furniture on Gumtree:

Know your prices

To know that you are saving, you need to know the comparable ‘new’ price. Compare what a similar piece of furniture goes for at Ikea to get a rough price guide.

Do a full inspection

Gumtree is a private sale, and there are no warranties, guarantees, or reputations to maintain. Do a thorough inspection before you hand over any money. Open doors, sit on cushions, turn on electronic things, look behind and under furniture.

Bargain

Most sellers aren’t looking to make money on Gumtree; they just want to be rid of the furniture they are trying to sell. Sure they want the most they can, but are prone to accepting a low offer if you make it seem a good offer. Here’s how to get a low price:

  • Have cash ready to go.
  • Be ready to take them item away instantly, and let them know you can.
  • Make sure they know you’re in a hurry because you have other pieces to view.
  • Make a serious offer; sellers know what other people have listed similar items for.

One thing to note is that you need to organise transport yourself. If you require transport, make sure you factor the cost of renting a trailer or ute into the price.

Through Gumtree I ended up getting a lounge for $50. Sure, it wasn’t brand new, but It was in excellent condition and perfect for a pregnant wife. If you want to save money on your next piece of furniture; consider Gumtree.

About the author  ⁄ Marxa Dillan

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