Purchasing fixtures for any room, bathroom or kitchen, has never been easier. Whether building a new home and needing fixtures or replacing the current ones in the home, buying a new fixture is as easy as sitting at your computer.
Previously, before the advent of the Internet and mobile computing, it used to be necessary to take the old faucet or fixture off and take it to the store for a proper fitting with the new fixture. This is no longer necessary. In addition, many brick and mortar stores do not carry their complete line in stock. None of this is a concern or issue any more with places like Amazon.com, where it is as easy as a simple click to select the right fixture for the right price.
Haphazard Customer Service
When dealing with a brick and mortar store, customer service is often haphazard at best. On weekends and holidays, when many DIY folks are able to work on projects, the store is packed and it is hard for customers to get the service they require.
At a online marketplace like Amazon, this is not an problem as all the information is right before you. In fact, it is easy to see what other people say about the product and how they used it and the issues they encountered. That is not something you will find at a brick and mortar store.
Even when having to return an item, often the store will not take a item that has been attempted to be installed or open box. Sometimes it is limited to store credit or the same item. With an online marketplace like Amazon, there are no problems or issues.
Amazon is known for it’s great return policy and with getting it right the first time so there are no problems with returns. If an item does need to be returned, it is no problem to get a new one out to you as soon as possible.
Reviews Paint the Clear Picture
Mentioned above, was the reviews that items can have on a online marketplace like Amazon.com. In a brick and mortar store, when consulting the salesperson or employee you are only getting part of the story. The salesperson can only give you anecdotal information at best.
By scanning and reading the reviews on a specific product, you get the feedback about how the product performs as advertised, how it functions in the real world under real conditions and how easy it is to install. These are real people using the product and they offer unabashed information as to the usefulness and quality of a product from a wide variety of view points. This gives, you the consumer, a better idea of how the item or fixture will perform.
No Problems With Installs
Modern homes, those built after the 50’s at least tend to have standardization among their construction. This includes sinks, basins and other fixture elements. This means that purchasing a new faucet online does not come with the worry that the part won’t fit. Sinks and the like have been standardized in fixture attachments since the 50’s and this makes it easier for both the consumer and the manufacturer to deliver the product that people want.
For example, kitchen sinks have three or four holes for fixtures, Of these, generally they come in two sizes, either 1/2 or 3/4. Bathroom and kitchen fixtures come with parts that will fit either size. In fact, the most common complaint about fixtures in general is not getting the new one to fit but getting the old one out.
Easier Project Management
With online ordering there is one esoteric advantage that many people don’t realize. That is the ability to manage the project easier. By ordering online and scheduling the delivery it is easier to get the project done.
This, as opposed to taking the time to travel to the brick and mortar store, try to get the right fixture if it is in stock, get through the line and back to get the job done. All that extra time could be spend on getting the job taken care of and back to what is important. With the variety of delivery options available, it is even possible to get the fixture to you the very next day from ordering. This flexibility an advantage, especially to the do it yourself project person.
Utilizing an online market place like Amazon.com, the advantages of clear, product reviews, fast shipping and great customer service make purchasing a bathroom or kitchen faucet or fixture easy and effortless. With Amazon Prime, there is even free shipping which makes it even more competitive with the brick and mortar stores.
No spending extra gas and time to get to the hardware store, when a great looking, quality fixture is only a click away. The economy has changed where products typically only found in the corner store is now available online and ready to be shipped out. It is easy with no hassle and no wasted time.
Plus, the great customer service makes getting the right fit easy as well. In fact, the only thing an online market place like Amazon.com can’t do is install it for you. At least, for now.