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Empire Today - Empire Carpet: Overpriced, Shady Sales Tactics, Lame Selection
Last night we had a lady from empire carpets over the house to measure and give us an estimate. I have several complaints.
First, I asked her why in this day and age she would use a tape measure instead of a laser tool to measure. She claimed tape measures are more acccurate. yeah, maybe in a house of mirrors! Well... when I held the tape measure for her against the wall in one of my cluttered rooms and watched the tape measure sag greatly in the middle while she wrote down numbers I understood. She's overmeasuring!!!! I objected and she re-measured. After that she went out and got samples from the car for me and the wife to look at while she had roamed the house free of my scrutinization. I knew right then it wasn't going to turn out well.
So, we're looking at the samples and are not impressed. Of the syle we selected we were given only 12 that were of any decent quality to select from. They all had the same ugly speckles in them. There was only one that we even kind of liked so we told her we were interested in that one. We were told the selection is limited because they only warehouse the most popular styles and that's why their prices are so low.
Speaking of not so low prices... let's get to the estimate. So after playing with her calculator for about 5 minutes she starts writing down numbers. She starts off around 13k (this is for 150 sq yds of carpet). She adds various discounts. One of the discounts is $850 for fast installation. In other words, if we sign a deal right then and there, otherwise we lose it. Yeah right.. what a lame high pressure sales tactic. If I call back tomorrow in this economy they won't give me that price? Give me a break!
The final price is 7k. I"ve gotten estimates 2k lower for much nicer carpet. I ask her for a breakdown. I'm told they don't do that. That's how other carpet companies rip you off I'm told. They just give you a bottom line that includes everything. Here's the best part.... She told me she can't break it down because they're just given "functions" that they plug numbers in to and get a final price. In the same breath she tells me she factored in the fact that I ripped up the carpets already. How's that possible if their just given "functions"?
Listen people... if a company can't tell you what they're charging you for then they are scamming you. The bottom line on empire is that they have a terrible selection, are grossly overpriced, and shady.
Oh, and the best part was she couldn't tell us whether our credit would be approved until AFTER we ordered the carpets.. which we would have to put a deposit down for. LOL. *** off empire!
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