March 25, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Choosing designer furniture products can be a tricky – especially with the rise of overseas knock-offs selling online for discount rates. And let’s not even get started on the bulk warehouse furniture stores in Sydney posing as genuine designer furniture outlets! The below is a guide on how you can stay ahead of the curve, be savvy, and identify shoddy Sydney furniture stores trying to pass off copies of original Australian furniture designer signature pieces.
1. Don’t be fooled by the price tag!
Whilst these copies don’t come “cheap”, the take-home price will still likely be invariably cheaper than the original designer furniture model, so avoid being tempted to even consider an inferior product. What you must keep in mind is that whilst the initial price tag may seem small in comparison to an investment piece; designer furniture rip-offs are often manufactured using inferior raw materials and can not guarantee the quality and longevity produced by master craftsmen with years of experience creating living design furniture. Your fine modern furniture showcase pieces must be sold by premium designer furniture stockists!
2. Pay close attention to the details
You will easily be able to spot the difference between genuine imported italian furniture and counterfeits, as the latter tend to be shoddily manufactured. Study the lining and fastenings around upholstery on your fine designer furniture to see if the seams are sewn unevenly or with the stitching hanging out. Especially for leather sofas furniture, make sure the joinings are stitched rather than glued, and all joints have a clean swivel.
3. Beware of flashy ‘sales speak’
A easy way to tell if a designer furniture store is trying to get the best of you by selling you fake expensive ‘italian’ furniture in Sydney and around the world is by visiting their website prior to buying – any product listings for living design furniture which have the words ‘in the style of’, ‘inspired by’ or question ‘what is an original?’ are most likely trying to fool you into thinking their design furniture store sells the real deal, when in fact, they do not.
4. Check for logos, trademarks and serial numbers
One surefire way to make sure your designer furniture purchases are genuine is to ensure they carry the original manufacturers logo as well as any relevant italian or australian furniture designers registered trademarks. For fine bedroom furniture, modern furniture accessories and original designer furniture pieces you can check for the designers signature or a serial number. If in doubt – contact the original designer furniture manufacturer and ask how you would be able to distinguish their product from copy-cats.
5. Get materialistic
Original designs – whether they be of stylish dining chairs, italian stools or any other fine modern furniture – are guaranteed to be lovingly hand crafted using the highest quality materials. As a rule, if your designer furniture feels uncomfortable or looks unsturdy and hastily made, you should definitely be suspicious. Make sure materials are not substituted for substandard products (such as switching solid wood to using veneer or another mass produced particleboard).
In the end, the only way you can be certain that the fine modern furniture showcase pieces you are buying, is to buy from premium designer furniture stores in Sydney which you know you can trust! Have you ever bought designer furniture you thought was real, only to find out that it was a fake copy?