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post #1 of 15 Old 12-11-2015, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question Floor model, but no discount?

Hi All,

my first post here. I'd love to get your thoughts on this situation. I spoke to my local Hammer dealer today about purchasing an A3 31 jointer/planer. He said he has only one on the showroom floor that has had two boards run through it. Other than that, it won't be until late January before others come. I asked him if there was a discount because it was on floor unit and used and he said no, no discount at all. I'm struggling with this at the most basic level. In my mind, floor model or used and especially both should have a discount.

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Our local Woodcraft store will have machines set up on the floor, but not used at all. These are not normally discounted just for being set up, unless they're on sale. If a machine has had any use, to me, it's not brand new anymore. There should be some kind of dicount for that. Go somewhere else.
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I have actually had that occur to me at a local Lowes. When the appliance I wanted wasn't going to be in for 2-weeks, I asked about the floor model. I was told okay but no discount as they would have to replace it with the next one that came in. I was told that unless theres something wrong with the floor model or it was the last one, there wouldn't be any discounts.

I guess it boils down to how bad do you want it...

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Two boards doesn't constitute 'used' to me but it says 'demonstrated, tested, and working just fine'. Same as getting a new car with 20 miles on it because someone else drove it around the block a few times. That car is still new and that jointer/planer is still new.

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I never understood discounts on floor models. The only difference between a floor model and one in the box is the floor model has been assembled. As long as the floor model hasnt been abused or neglected, its a brand new machine, same as the one in the box. Like difalkner mentioned, calling a floor model 'used' is like saying a brand new car is used because theres 4 miles on the odometer, it just doesnt make sense.

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I do not understand why you would expect a discount for a floor model. And, I also would not consider that running two boards would make it used.

If you want the machine buy it. If not then look somewhere else.

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I agree that it's not used and unless there is some damage to the unit, scratches, dents etc not sure why you would expect a discount.

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Always good to ask for a discount as some stores can and do give them for seniors, military, cash, or demonstration models - which is different from "floor models". It is up to you to decide how badly you need/want the item and what $ fit your budget. Be safe.
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You were fortunate the store even agreed to sell the floor model, many will not. Even though they are out of stock they still want you to see the item and will take your name to call you when new stock arrives, one store I frequent actually has signs attached to some tools stating, "Display Item, Not For Sale".

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They should charge more since it's already assembled.

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I was in Sears one day and observed a guy assembling a 14 inch band saw. I finally had to walk away. He had no clue of what went where.

I am always leery of floor models. Are they put together correctly? Are all of the parts in place? Paperwork?

I know some of you have seen some shoddy assembly work of floor models before. I know I have several times.

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It's not like Hammer is a commodity tool that needs to be discounted to sell.
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They should charge more since it's already assembled.
That's my thinking as well. Only expect a discount if parts were missing from a display.
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I disagree with those of you that say no discount is warranted.

Have you ever stood and watched what customers and tire-kickers DO to those floor models?

I have seen people twist parts out of alignment, run a saw blade into metal, drop a fence, etc.

I would not only want a discount, I'd probbaly insist on waiting for a new machine to come in!

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I was in Sears one day and observed a guy assembling a 14 inch band saw. I finally had to walk away. He had no clue of what went where.

I am always leery of floor models. Are they put together correctly? Are all of the parts in place? Paperwork?

I know some of you have seen some shoddy assembly work of floor models before. I know I have several times.

Just sayin'
Are ANY of the screws installed during assembly tight?

I'm in the group that wouldn't expect a discount on the floor model in this case. If you can't wait till they can order one in you pay for what they have.

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