Buying & shipping sofas from the UK

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I have seen a couple of sofas in XXX Lutz I really like.

They are large 2 seater leather sofas with reclining seats.

They are comfy and would fit in the lounge as when they recline they move forward rather than moving back (the latter requires more space behind the sofas which I don't have)

The only thing I don't like about them is the price about 4400€ for the pair...and more for better leather and even more with electronic function rather than manual!

I spoke to my brother in England and his seemingly similar sofas from Furniture Village 'only' cost about 2500 Pounds.

The prices here just seem so expensive compared to all the UK furniture warehouses.

Has anyone else thought of or actually ave bought furniture in the UK and had it shipped over here?

If so which shipping company did you use?

Here it is all about buying the model that you want rather than looking around and seeing what you get for a certain amount of money...

Tell us what you want and we'll tell you the price seems to be the shop mentality here! Rather than seeing what you can get for a decent price

 

Any ideas anyone?

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We spent ages looking for an attractive, affordble sofa here in NRW, and eventually bought one second hand (via eBay Kleinanzeigen) an original piece from the 1930s, otherwise we would have had to go for an Ikea one.

It seems that furniture is just expensive in Germany, possibly because a lot of it is made in Germany, but also the choice is not great, you basically have 3 choices: the crap from the likes of Poco and Domäne, Ikea, or expensive replications of Danish classic pieces. Where we live, people still go for the hideous glass 'n' steel 90s look.

Buy second hand is my advice.

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Talk to This company

 

I know that they do specialist stuff, but if you are in no rush, then he may have a truck coming back from the UK thats half empty..

 

The Owner, Julian is British and is very very nice to deal with!

 

Regards

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Furniture is on permanent sale in the UK, which means that the "original" price is basically a fairy-tale figure no-one is ever going to pay, so furniture companies have to mark up their prices, i.e. the sale price is the real value and you are not getting as good quality as a German chair of the same "original" price. Or at least that was the message I got from a BBC programme about sales pricing the other week.

 

I agree that nice-looking furniture is still more expensive, though. I think the trick is to go to the showroom when they have one of their sales days on, where you get 25% off everything or whatever. Interested to know whether shipping costs would make a UK purchase worthwhile too, though!

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have to agree with anne, theres often sales weekends or promotions that can save a fortune on expensive stuff

 

for instance Höffner have a VAT free offer now, so 19% off basically (well, its 19% of the pre-vat price but anyhow, its a substantial discount)

 

For your €4400 sofa that brings the price to a few euro under €3700 which is 3073 pounds.

 

Thats a difference of 430 pounds between germany and uk but you'd be doing fairly well to get it transported for that little.

Even if you owned a van, the ferry and fuel would be more than that.

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4400€ is an already discounted price!

I have checked online and have found I can order it online for about 200€ less in total... But then I am worried if something goes wrong and XXX Lutz would be easier with any problems (I am guessing) than an online company

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It's wise to think about the possibility that things might go wrong and you rightly say it would be easier to deal with a local retailer than with a remote online company, but you don't mention that it could be a nightmare dealing with a quality problem with a sofa ordered even more remotely from the UK.

Additionally, I have never been to or bought from XXX Lutz, but I read here on TT that they can be a pain in the neck, so you might even want to reconsider choosing them!

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How about contacting a UK furniture company that ships to Europe?

http://www.dfs.co.uk/recliner-sofas?searchTerm=recliner&ddkey=http:SolrNormalSearchCmd

http://www.bedsite.co.uk/relaxateeze-teresa-three-seater-action-recliner.html

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Agree about the price of furniture here. I was in a Mann Mobilia XXXL store the other day, couldnt believe the prices. The XXXL bit obviously refers to the price level. Seems the Germans like expensive furniture, I get the impression they just wont buy stuff if its low priced. Its like the thing with expensive kitchens here - they go for Miele and stuff, but Aldi and Lidl when it comes to groceries.

 

Wont be buying anything from Mania Mobilia, theyre having a laugh (only not at my expense!)

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Having this issue myself. We are doing some redecorating/refurbishment in our home and I am not impressed by the selection of stuff I am finding in the German-speaking part of Europe. It seems to either be IKEA or really expensive stuff that is just not my taste (in the U.S. would be shopping at places like L.L. Bean's home collection and Pottery Barn, to name two.) If anyone knows of good sources for this sort of thing in central Europe I would love to hear them.

 

(Yes-- I suppose I can compromise-- but part of the idea behind the project is to make the place look and feel more like my home.)

 

We have XXXLutz in Austria too and honestly I am not impressed with their service or the wares on offer.

 

IKEA is great for some things and I shop there often for smaller things- and I really like my IKEA kitchen-- but I do not want an IKEA sofa or bed, for example. Personal preference based on the products I have seen for myself here.

 

A friend works in home design and gave me recommendations from the UK-- and none of the places on her list shipped abroad into continental Europe.

 

I will take a look at a few of the links mentioned in this thread.

 

(And yes-- I know there is an int'l shipping option on Pottery Barn-- but the shipping coupled with the customs charges is just too much to do too much of!) I had thought that using UK-based shops would be cheaper and easier.

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I understand what you mean about prices and sales ... never buy when it's not in the sale... however we are looking at buying a kitchen range ... same product is around 800 euros cheaper in the UK.

 

It will be a few months before we are ready, (I have to finish rebuilding the dining room first) ... but if anyone wants to share a van then...

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Have you checked out Laura Ashley? At the moment they have up to 60% off their "normal" prices - most of the time they seem to have 30% discounts! But last year we managed to get a further 10% off for signing up for their emails and then more off for using Quidco.com. They deliver out here for £175 no matter how much you order, making it fairly expensive for one sofa, but not so bad for more than one item. We found this a much cheaper way of getting what we wanted than buying in Germany - comparable sofas in Mann Mobilia would have cost us a huge amount more.

 

I'm getting quite frustrated at the moment when international/British firms start having separate German websites and then charge far more. Discrepancies over exchange rates and delivery charges don't seem to account for the difference...

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Check out http://made.com - it's a UK based furniture retail site with a huge choice of affordable and not so affordable stuff. I know the UK economy is built on imports and consumerism, but he shopping experience there is a totally different experience compared to any other country in Europe, choice, competition and therefore prices are generally better than elsewhere, especially Germany.

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We got a nice, large L-shaped sofa from Segmueller for 550€ last year. Saw it at Moebel-Hoeffner a few weeks later for about 1200€+. I think we must have visited at least 5 large stores until we found anything like that, most of it is Ikea-likes or the kind of thing my grandma would buy.

 

I saw a lot of nice stuff in Segmueller for around 1k, but maybe you're not in to their kind of stock. Not really sure since examples were linked so far! :)

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I had a friend move from Dresden to Cambridge and she used this website to find someone who would ship her things. The idea is you put in what you want moved and companies bid on your offer. She said the offers she got were much, much better than the offers local shipping companies gave when she called and asked. It would be even cheaper if people shared a van- I might be interested in sharing a van. We're trying to decorate a nursery, and all the cribs we've found here look so flimsy. I can't imagine them standing up to an active 1.5 or 2 year old. Plus they all look like little jails, not pretty cribs.

 

Shiply

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Check out http://made.com - it's a UK based furniture retail site with a huge choice of affordable and not so affordable stuff. I know the UK economy is built on imports and consumerism, but he shopping experience there is a totally different experience compared to any other country in Europe, choice, competition and therefore prices are generally better than elsewhere, especially Germany.

 

Made.com only deliver to the UK and Ireland, not mainland Europe. They've had a note on their site for at least two years saying that they're looking into offering delivery elsewhere, but when I contacted them just before Christmas they said there's nothing on the horizon just yet.

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I had a friend move from Dresden to Cambridge and she used this website to find someone who would ship her things. The idea is you put in what you want moved and companies bid on your offer.Shiply

 

Interesting, the website quoted above lets you look for shipping from the Bahamas (to Germany), but *not* from the USA. ;)

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On 16.01.2014, 10:50:14, sasmitsu said:

I had a friend move from Dresden to Cambridge and she used this website to find someone who would ship her things. The idea is you put in what you want moved and companies bid on your offer. She said the offers she got were much, much better than the offers local shipping companies gave when she called and asked. It would be even cheaper if people shared a van- I might be interested in sharing a van. We're trying to decorate a nursery, and all the cribs we've found here look so flimsy. I can't imagine them standing up to an active 1.5 or 2 year old. Plus they all look like little jails, not pretty cribs.

 

Shiply

 

Try Clicktrans  as well :) 

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