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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 08-05-2012 05:23 AM

Bob – interesting thoughts. From my experience, though, most people do not recognize the difference between mass-produced particle-board-core furntiture and solid wood, nor do they understand the difference in quality of construction/joinery. I find that part of the process is for me to educate people on the differences.

I have had people insist that their kraft-paper-on-particle-board coffee table was solid cherry.

I have had people bring me photos of mass-produced paint-grade furniture and ask me to make it custom to their space out of quarter-sawn oak, and when they receive my bid they are shocked because my they thought my price would be less than the big box furniture store.

I had a potential client who had purchased a table from a big retailer, and in three years it was no longer servicable. When she received my bid for a replacement table, her response was “I can just go buy another one at the store for about 20% less than that!” I said “Yes, and you’ll be replacing it again in another three years. If you buy mine, you grandkids will be fighting over it in 50 years.” She bought one from the store.

Unfortunately, our society has become comfortable with buying cheap products and replacing them in a few years, rather than being willing to pay a bit extra for something that will last.

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