Did you know that one of the best times to purchase a new lighting fixture is in January? Just like car dealers, lighting manufacturers typically start to make way for new inventory for the coming year – at the end of the old year. This creates a natural push to rid warehouses of older models that might not have sold very well in the previous year. One can find outstanding bargains when manufacturers race to clear space for fresh new designs that they are anxious to sell!
The irony of these great sales is that some really beautiful and very expensive fixtures end up going for rock bottom prices – sometimes up to 85% off! These sales are called ‘clearance sales’, because that’s exactly what the manufacturers are doing – clearing their buildings of products they no longer want to house.
It’s been our experience that sometimes a stunning design or collection is put on clearance simply because it was originally thought to be a best seller. Then over time, the fixture failed to produce adequate sales numbers. Sometimes a design just won’t sell no matter how much is it promoted. And these low volume selling designs can actually be quite elaborate and beautiful. If one shops though the clearance sales – a true gem can often be found. Sometimes it can take a little longer to peruse through the clearance racks – but it is so worth it to do so! Elitefixtures.com has three sales sections where you can find great products at bargain prices…
MONTHLY PROMO’S – There are ‘sales and promotions’ that are dictated by the manufacturers on a month to month basis. Typically, a manufacturer will issue to us a count of sku#’s that they have decided to let go on sale. These are normally priced products that they will temporarily lower price-wise for a 30 day period; with the use of a coupon code offered. Sometimes they’ll simply allow us to lower the price on certain marked items for a designated period of time. One should always check the general sales and promotions tab first to see if there is a favorite brand that might be having a great and ‘current promotion’ going on. With over 100 manufacturers on board – there is always a very wide range of fixtures to choose from.
OPEN BOX SALES – There are also ‘open box’ sales. Though there is not always a huge selection of these items available, sometimes, by just clicking on the Open Box link for a ‘quick see’; that one tiny action can land you a really great bargain that you didn’t expect. Open Box items are items that are brand new, never installed, but the packaging may have been opened for various reasons. If you don’t mind that it’s not a brand new box, you can get a great price on a fixture.
CLEARANCE SALES – are always ongoing because we house over 100 manufacturers on site. These clearance items are usually soon-to-be-discontinued items that manufacturers just want to push out of their factories. So if you choose a fixture that has several shade covers, as in a vanity with four bulbs; it would be a wise idea to inquire about purchasing at least one extra shade just in case one breaks a few years from now. Though a fixture can last a decade or longer, most often it is a shade or a diffuser that gets accidentally shattered while cleaning it. Use your smarts and make the ‘extra shade’ purchase in that case. Then you won’t go through the headache of realizing that you can’t find a replacement shade ANYWHERE online, because it was discontinued 2 years prior! Inquire about additional shades or bulbs that you think you may need and make the purchase while the manufacturer still has some of them in inventory!
Sales are great any way you cut the cake. Everybody loves a sale. But GREAT SALES happen when you truly pay attention! Check the product details. Make sure it’s still in stock. If the stock count shows only one left – it’s worth it to call in or chat in to make sure that ‘one’ actually still exists. Better get cracking! 2017 lighting clearance sales, where you can save up to 85% – are going on now!