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It's my "stand" against the establishment....
As an ex-retail buyer who did business with several of the manufacturers that make some of Pottery Barn's merchandise, I know that they often mark their stuff up 300%. Yep! How do they sleep at night? (Umm, fat & happy would be my guess!)
I'll admit I'm a PB junkie. I devour their catalogs & drool over each page. Still, I can't understand actually buying anything (unless it's on final clearance) knowing what I know about their pricing. But lots of people DO buy from PB, and often. I get a catalog from PB every week practically. They're obviously selling a lot of merchandise to fund such a huge marketing budget!
One of my favorite
"Inspired" by these...
PB's very PROUD price? $150 a pair. My cost? $45 a pair. Not bad, eh?
I would like to spend the rest of this post talking about PB FURNITURE. You may or may not know this, but often it is made in the same factories overseas as other retailers, like Wal-Mart and Target. Yep, that's right! PB is manufactured right alongside their mass competitors! And sometimes the items are identical, only the label is different! Case in point, check out JCPenney and Wal-Mart's new Canopy line of furniture. Hmmm, some of the pieces eerily resemble PB, yes?
One of the best places to get the PB look at a fraction of the cost is Ikea
If you don't have Ikea, find the one nearest you and plan a road trip. And you might want to take a U-Haul...a big one!
Here are some of PB's bestsellers in furniture and a cheaper version I found at Ikea. Were they made in the same factory? Maybe not, but DARN they look close.
PB Basic Grand Slipcovered Sofa $1899 and Ikea's Ektorp Slipcovered Sofa $399. Can you spot the PB sofa?
Yep, the one on the left is PB. That Ikea sofa is looking pretty good, right?
Price difference? $1500!
PB Basic Sectional $2799 Ikea Ektorp Sectional $799
A whopping $2000 price difference!
Pottery Barn Aaron Dining Chair $159 Ikea Ingolf Chair $59.99
Price difference? $99! And when you're buying multiple chairs that can really add up.
Is PB's better looking? Yes, admittedly so, but $99 better? Hmmmm.....
Now one thing I always check is the construction, because if you're comparing hardwood to particle board, that's just really not fair, is it?
In the case of this X-Back chair, PB's version is made of kiln dried hardwood and Ikea's version is made of rubberwood (a hardwood from the para rubber tree, which is grown in Asia).
PB Aris Pedestal Table Ikea Liatorp Pedestal Table
Extends to 66x45" $799 Extends to 61x43 $249
Sure the PB table is a little bigger, but are those few inches worth an extra $550? The PB table is constructed of veneers over MDF and the Ikea table is birch. Both have handpainted white finishes.
PB Logan Media System $2449 Ikea Liatorp Media System $1329
A difference of $1120! I don't know about you, but I like the style of the Ikea system better!
Check back for tomorrow's post about Pottery Barn accents & accessories that YOU COULD MAKE for a fraction of the cost. Several fellow bloggers have done it, and I'll include links to their tutorials.
Sssshhhh, it's our secret!