I am used to buying things online. I bet you are, too. It saves a lot of time and sometimes it can save you money as well. It can make finding something you’ve been looking for very easy, too. There are all kinds of things that you can find for sale on the internet.
As I said, I’m comfortable buying a lot of things online. However, I have been hesitant to buy furniture online. For one thing, I really like going antiquing in different places and going on the hunt for a new piece. For another, it can be hard to tell the quality of an item through photos online. There’s also no guarantee that the photos you see are of the item you’re going to receive.
I do have a lot of faith in people in general, but I am also realistic. I understand that there are people out there who knowingly (or unknowingly) sell forgeries, restorations, or replicas. Some people do it to make a quick buck and others may honestly believe they have the real thing – I was told by one antique store owner that almost everyone really thinks they have a genuine Tiffany lamp.
There are also times that people misrepresent the condition of whatever they’re selling. Maybe their piece is actually a reproduction or has been refurbished or restored. All of these things would change the value of the piece you are looking at, and might be easily discovered if you saw it in person.
While I don’t think that buying online is something that would work for me, as I like to see things up close before I make a payment, I don’t want to discourage you all together. There are apps and websites that allow you to do a bit of both.
There are some sites that allow you to connect with people nearby and the items that they are looking to sell. You can look on these sites and then meet up with the other person to check the validity of the ad and make your payment. You might luck out using one of these to find a piece you want or that will look just great in your home. Just be sure to meet them in a public area that is safe for both you and the seller.
While not everyone on the internet is a thief or a liar, the internet does seem to an easy place to con people. So, I do recommend you use a site or an app that either allows you to purchase the item in person locally, or one with a good return policy in case what you ordered is not the item you receive.