Getting Appliances for a Kitchen Showroom
1. I want to make realistic looking kitchens in the showroom, maybe up to 5 or 6 kitchens. I would like to include appliances in the design but can't afford to go out and buy 5 or 6 ranges, dishwashers and etc. Are there any other ways to do this? Would plastic replicas work?
2. Have any of you had any luck getting distributors to donate items such as hardware, doors, specialty items? I want to give customers lots of options but again, I can't afford to buy everything.
From contributor T:
Full size laser photos on foam core are a lot less expensive than appliances and very realistic looking and most appliance cut-outs are interchangeable for different brands. This works well for electronics too.
From contributor R:
We don't pay for anything in our showroom. We're a pretty big company and we give our suppliers a huge amount of business, we ask, they give. Look at it this way - you're building a showroom which not only will increase your business, but theirs as well. You're footing all of the fixed costs of setting the place up, and you'll be paying all of the bills and costs of keeping the place running. They're effectively getting free advertising while you spend the money. At the very least you should expect your major suppliers to support you. As for appliances, talk to some retailers and get a hold of some sales reps from the appliance companies themselves - if you're making a nice, quality showroom they'll more than likely be happy to consign some stock.
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