I have told you before that we are looking for house stuff. And that most of our weekends are spent on being in our place, appliance stores and furniture looking.
We looked at Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn, the international furniture and home stores that are new here in the Philippines. Loving most of their pieces but sadly the budget cannot accommodate our desires so we searched for an alternative that lead us to SM’s Our Home.
When I tell you that it is an alternative, it really is. See the example below, Looks familiar?
The difference of course lies in the price, brand and quality. But for a cheaper doppelganger, why not right? Or so we thought then.
So, we came back once or twice a month to check/scout for the furniture/s we like that are within the budget. Measured and listed them down.
Since we got the house sorted out and ready for furniture, we got their quotation just this Oct 4, 2015 (Sunday).
*At the bottom of their quotation, they have this fine print that states that prices are subject to change without prior notice. -to be fair this is pretty standard.
This is the Charles 3-seater sofa that is priced at 17,950.
We picked it because it would fit out tiny place.
Next piece of furniture we picked out was this (Gunther) bed frame. This was the one we have been eyeing for a long time now.
It looks exactly like that when I last saw it. We were told that it was the last piece.
Its price is listed on the quote above. 27,950.00php for the bed frame not bad right?
We are planned to get it on Oct 17, 2015 (Saturday). Right in time for their SM prestige sale (Oct 16-18, 2015). -For more details see Manila Shopper’s Post.
So, it was expected that the price we saw before is going down due to the discount extended for SM prestige card.
Come Oct 12, 2015 (Monday), just a week after we last saw the bed. Kei went to Our Home again. To see if there is any new item that will be added on the sale on the weekend of Oct 16-18, 2015.
And of course to check on the bed again as it was the last piece.
Sadly this happened. Just whoa!
They upped the price. Even with the discount you get with the sale, its price would be almost the same (its a bit higher) with its regular price.
Why you do this Our Home?
So, to clarify. We asked to talk to the Our Home staff and manager about the price difference. They can only say “sorry, we are just following orders.” While I don’t blame them, I felt like we got duped.
That is the thing with SM’s Our Home sale. It is misleading. Gets you to think you saved, but truth is you just got cheated. False advertising.
Sale price wasn’t always the best price. Apparently, Our Home marks-up prices before a sale is on. — selling products at regular prices, but calling it a sale. Again false advertising.
-And because stubbornly, I still wanted to get more details regarding the sale in case we can still “salvage” (may natitira pa ba sa listahan na pwede natin bilhin na di naman kami nadaya sa presyo?) the items we listed down. Sayang naman pagod ko…Off to their Facebook page I go.
And pop goes the weasel. Negative comments abound.
We are actually scared to push through buying any furniture piece from Our Home. Bargain hunters beware.
Time to scram. We lost a good chunk of time looking at their pieces, but good thing is that we found this out before any purchase was made.
Sure, maybe décor and accessories like fake flowers and vases. But then again we can just save a bit more and get better décor items from Pottery Barn and Crate&Barrel.
But no furniture buying from Our Home, in the end we choose/decided to get local woodworkers to just custom make our furniture pieces. At least we get an honest quote, natural wood, our money’s worth and helped support small time carpenters.
*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience with the said store.