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The Guide to Buying from Used Furniture Websites

Why Buy Used Furniture? | 05.19.23 | Derek Brewster

Shopping on used furniture websites can save you money, help the environment, and make the buying process more convenient and enjoyable. However, it’s important to use caution and be smart when buying used furniture online

Some websites have inflated prices, extended delivery times, and a lack of customer service if things go wrong. To avoid getting caught in this frustrating and potentially costly scenario, High End Used Furniture is here to help. 

We are a small, family-owned business with over 20 years of experience in the used furniture marketplace. As experts who know this industry inside and out, we have the tips and tricks for getting the best deal when purchasing from a used furniture store online

Keep reading to learn our industry insights! 

Popular used furniture websites

There are many websites that sell used furniture, but which one should you purchase from? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular used furniture websites, how their items are priced, and what you should know about each of these websites. 

Chairish

Chairish is an online marketplace that offers both new and used furniture.If you’ve ever searched for a used furniture item, you’ve probably seen ads or Google results for the Chairish website. This is a marketplace where anyone can list their items—you don’t have to be an established business. 

Chairish has two major downfalls—high prices and no seller reviews. 

Pricing insights

When you purchase an item from Chairish, you will likely pay more for it compared to other sellers. This is due to the high commission that Chairish takes on each purchase. The specific amount Chairish takes depends on the seller’s plan, but it ranges anywhere from 20 to 40%

Even if Chairish only takes 20% of the purchase price, this is a significant amount of money that the seller loses. In order to make up for this loss, sellers must list their items at a higher price point to ensure they make a profit on the item. 

At High End Used Furniture, we list all our pieces on our own website, Chairish, Etsy, and eBay. You will see a significant difference in pricing when comparing items on our website to those listed on Chairish. 

Chairish takes 20% of each sale we make using their website. Because we are a small business, this means we must raise prices by 20% to offset the commission cost. For example, if we list a table on our website for $500, we have to list the same table on Chairish for $625 to make the same amount of profit. 

For this reason, we always encourage buyers to purchase items directly from the seller’s website for a lower price. 

Website insights

Another downside of Chairish is that seller ratings aren’t listed on their website. When buying from used furniture websites, it’s important to do research to ensure you are purchasing from a reputable seller. Unfortunately, that’s not easy to do when you buy from Chairish. 

Etsy

Etsy is a marketplace that sells just about any item you can imagine. From handmade crafts to vintage collectibles, if you’re looking for something specific, you can probably find it on Etsy. 

Pricing insights

Etsy takes a much lower commission than Chairish. Etsy gets 6.5% of the purchase price, so it is more reasonable for sellers to list their products at a more competitive price. 

At High End Used Furniture, you will see that the prices on our Etsy page are the same as those on our website. However, if you buy directly from our website, we can offer you a better deal than what is listed on Etsy. 

We offer customers 10% off of their purchase when they buy directly from our website. If you want the best deal on your next piece of high-quality furniture, contact us and we will work to give you the best purchase price. 

Website insights 

It’s easy for anyone to open an Etsy shop, so it’s important to research before purchasing from a seller. Some sellers will open shops and not fulfill orders, not accept returns, or send something different than what is listed on the site. 

Research becomes especially important when making a large purchase. We encourage prospective buyers to only purchase from reputable Etsy sellers who have positive reviews. 

eBay

eBay might be the most well-known site on our list, as it has been around the longest. With this online marketplace, sellers can list items for auction or at fixed prices. As a result, it is a popular platform for both independent sellers and established businesses. 

Pricing insights

eBay takes a 10% commission on every product sold. While this is higher than Etsy, it is still significantly lower than Chairish, so you’re more likely to see better prices. 

When we list furniture on eBay, you will see the same price that we have listed on our website. However, like with Etsy, you can actually get your item for a lower price when you purchase through our website. You’ll save 10% off our listing price and even more when you buy multiple items. 

Website insights

As with all online marketplaces, there is a risk of scammers and disappointment when you purchase from eBay. Some sellers are notorious for posting poor-quality images of the product, vague descriptions, and a lack of important information (like dimensions and the condition of the furniture). ? 

If you want to purchase a product from eBay, make sure you know who you are buying from. Look into the seller’s return policy in case the item doesn’t show up as promised. 

Benefits of buying directly from High End Used Furniture 

When you buy directly from the High End Used Furniture website, you can feel confident knowing:

You’re getting the best deal

We can give customers the best price when they purchase directly from our website. When third-party used furniture websites are not involved (like Chairish, Etsy, or eBay), we can give you a lower price on your item. 

We always offer a 10% discount on purchases you make through our website. If you are interested in multiple pieces of furniture, we can give you an even larger discount. Just contact us and we will be happy to work with you! 

Your item will arrive as promised

At High End Used Furniture, we make sure you know exactly what you are buying before it arrives at your doorstep. We only sell furniture in excellent condition from nice and clean estates. We photograph our pieces to show every angle in a home-style studio with home-style lighting, so there won’t be any surprises when it arrives at your door. 

Fast and reliable shipping

High End Used Furniture is centrally located in the US for affordable and reliable shipping. Our small business has developed relationships with the most trusted delivery service providers in the business. These delivery companies have experience in safely transporting high-quality furniture, so you won’t have to worry about damage during transit. 

Your satisfaction is important to us

As a small business, we care about the satisfaction of each and every customer who shops at High End Used Furniture. If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, we will work to make it right for you. You can pick up the phone and speak to one of our team members for any questions or concerns you have about your purchase. 

Customers are happy with their purchases

We are proud to have great relationships with our customers. Take it from our reviews! 

This chair was perfect. Also, before purchasing, I called Derek and he answered all questions I had regarding the chair. The chair is like brand new and the shipping was excellent. I would definitely buy from High End Used Furniture again.” – Carol

PERFECT chair! OUTSTANDING packaging, fast delivery! I can’t say enough!” – Donna

I looked at/had this Drexel end stand in my cart for quite some time. It’s the “perfect” piece of furniture to go next to a comfy reading chair in the corner of my staircase and floor to ceiling bookcase. Great price, and excellent shipping (made it to my house through a Montana snowstorm!) Derek has a wonderful collection of furniture in his shop. He has detailed photos of each piece of furniture. I’m very pleased with my purchase! Thank you!!” -Mel

Shop at High End Used Furniture for the best in used furniture websites

High End Used Furniture is a small, family-owned business that has sold used furniture for over 20 years. Our furniture has provided stories, memories, and functionality to over 10,000 happy customers. 

Centrally located in the US, we ship furniture for competitive and affordable prices. Over our many years in business, we have developed a reputation for quality products and superior customer service. 

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