A SHOPPER has revealed a money-saving trick to get hundreds of pounds off the price of a DFS sofa.
Mum-of-two Nikki Matthews, 29, from Bristol, ordered a grey four seater sofa from DFS in May, which would arrive in 12 weeks.
The sofa costs £1,165, which she opted to pay in interest-free monthly instalments over four years.
But as she was waiting for it to be delivered, she noticed that DFS had slashed the price to £999 in the sale.
Nikki’s friend, who was also waiting for a sofa from DFS, tipped her off that the shop would match the new price of the sofa if it hadn’t arrived yet.
Calling her local DFS branch with her order number handy, Nikki asked whether she would be able to get the discount on the sofa.
She was told the £165 discount would be knocked off her final payment.
Nikki told The Sun: “I had an email the next day saying they had adjusted the cost by £165.
“It’s a really good saving, especially as I have a young family, and the money will most definitely be put to use elsewhere.
“I did go and buy my friend some of her favourite fancy dark chocolate as a thank you though.”
However, there's no guarantee you'll get the same discount as DFS told The Sun that it has no company policy in place where it price matches items in the sale.
It added that there may have been other factors involved as to why money was knocked off Nikki's sofa.
It is also worth noting that some retailers allow stores and managers to offer discounts at their own discretion.
The savvy saver shared her bargain in the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Facebook group, and hundreds of shoppers liked and commented on her post.
How to compare prices to get the best deal
JUST because something is on offer, or is part of a sale, it doesn’t mean it’s always a good deal.
There are plenty of comparison websites out there that'll check prices for you – so don't be left paying more than you have to.
Most of them work by comparing the prices across hundreds of retailers.
Here are some that we recommend:
- Google Shopping is a tool that lets users search for and compare prices for products across the web. Simply type in keywords, or a product number, to bring up search results.
- Price Spy logs the history of how much something costs from over 3,000 different retailers, including Argos, Amazon, eBay and the supermarkets. Once you select an individual product you can quickly compare which stores have the best price and which have it in stock.
- Idealo is another website that lets you compare prices between retailers. All shoppers need to do is search for the item they need and the website will rank them from the cheapest to the most expensive one.
- CamelCamelCamel only works on goods being sold on Amazon. To use it, type in the URL of the product you want to check the price of.
A number of shoppers said they had tried the hack with DFS following Nikki's post, and had also been given money off their sofa.
One happy customer said: "We did it as well. Very easy. Just phoned them and they sorted straight away."
Another said: "[I] got £200 refunded."
Nikki said: “I only posted it as I figured if i didn't have a clue about it, I would imagine loads of others didn't as well.
“Plus, I was pretty chuffed with the saving and wanted to share it.”
Jordon Cox, dubbed Britain's Coupon Kid for his savvy saving ways, said shoppers shouldn't be shy in trying to get money knocked off their bill.
"Haggling on the high street should be more common than it is – especially when buying high ticket items like white goods and furniture," he said.
Retailers like John Lewis, Currys PC World and Wickes have policies in place which allow customers to ask for price matches with other retailers on goods.
Jordon said shoppers should make the most of this benefit.
"You can use this to your advantage by having the retailers haggle over the items themselves trying to give you the best price.
"That’s why it’s always worth shopping around and seeing where you want to buy it from."
But before you splash out on any sofa, make sure to compare prices online.
You might find the same – or similar – couch going for less elsewhere.
DFS isn't the only store where you can get furniture bargains.
Next has launched it's infamous seasonal sale, and there's up to 70% off items including homeware.
Aldi also slashed 40% off items from chairs to bedside tables in a Specialbuys offer.
Meanwhile B&M is selling homeware dupes that cost up to 67% less than Wayfair or Dunelm.
Plus, Ikea launched a massive summer sale with up to 50% off furniture last month.
That's as well as launching its own "buy now, pay later" scheme letting shoppers spread the cost of buying new furniture without paying interest.
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