Monday, April 8, 2013

Samples - Wow, I'm spending how much and you wont give me a simple sample?

I'm slightly agitated.  The amount of money I'm spending on flooring upgrades you think it would be easy to get a tiny sample for furniture shopping?  EEEE - Negative!

$15 dollars to get a sample of my laminate.  What?  Seriously?  Ok - wait $15 for a sample of my vinyl?  Ok, that's a little ridiculous!

I also reached out to our siding supplier for a teeny tiny sample of our two colors to assist with deck color selection - EEEEEE - No response - At All!

I'm not asking for full pieces of my selections, just tiny little swatches to help me furnish a home I'm spending the rest of my life paying for.  I'm not shopping for floors here folks, I've made my selections.  It's not like I'm asking for 5 of each type of everything you have!  Maybe I am asking for too much?  Maybe I'm expecting too much?  Even a color print out that is accurate would do!  EEEEE - Negative!

Maybe I'm just in a "Monday" foul mood.  Tomorrow this probably wont be a big deal, but it is a little sad, not even a paper print out.  :(

~Update 13-APR-13~
I'm still having problems getting samples and it disappoints me.  I can't seem to find any in-stores and reaching out to the suppliers have referred me to my SR for RH and RR who in turn referred me to the suppliers.  It is a small thing in the scheme of things but then on the other hand it's not.  This is my home, the most expensive thing I will purchase in my life, and I don't want to wait until the finished product to begin budgeting and planning to furnish it.

16 comments:

  1. Hang around the construction site during the build (not RIGHT NOW I know) and you will be able to collect samples. I was also able to get a sample of my hardwood of of wayfair.com for $5 with free shipping. Not sure if they have other samples.

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    1. Thanks, I will check into wayfair!

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    1. Now I'm getting a run around from Shaw stating that I can't order a sample from them, only Rite Rug can!? Sigh.

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  3. B.S.!!Customer service, what's that?

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  4. Like Brian mentioned, you'll be able to get samples/scraps as everything is installed. You might want to check with Lowe's or Home Depot to see if they sell the same laminate. Their samples are usually free or only $1 or so. They had our hardwood, but I didn't bother checking for the vinyl.

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    1. I will stop by them this weekend and check it out! If they are more accommodating than the folks supplying my floors it will be shameful.

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  5. That is too bad they want to charge so much. Hopefully you can get some from the site!

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    1. Thanks, fingers crossed we get something to help pick furniture, otherwise we may be sitting on the floors the first few weeks! lol

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  6. We're about to start the process of obtaining samples. Looks like the others already answered a question I had about pilfering samples during construction. Hope you're able to find all the samples you need!

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    1. You as well. Let me know if you're able to get some.

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    2. In our area, Home Depot (HD) has free flooring samples while Lowes charges like $1-3. For cabinets, others have mentioned the Timberlake cabinets are basically American Woodmark in HD or Shenandoah at Lowes. We're getting hardwood, but its not typically carried at either store, so I may have to just order a sample online ($5 direct from Armstrong/Bruce, but may use Tammygirl's tip to save on shipping).

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    3. I ended up ordering some samples from wayfair.com (cost $20 shipped for 4 samples). I was able to get daltile tiles (bathroom and kitchen) and our bruce hardwood sample. Carpet and vinyl samples seem to be harder to come by. Our flooring invoice definitely helped since the sku# on wayfair matched up with what was on our flooring invoice. You can also sign up for their newsletter and get a 10% off coupon immediately

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  7. I was able to find samples of my flooring at Wayfair.com while I was building. I think for the hardwood it was $4.99 with free shipping.

    After that I was browsing Home Depot and they had two different sizes of free samples of our hardwood.

    Try them for your laminate, maybe?

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    1. I've tried several lowes and home depot with no success :(

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