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Inquiries can often lead to astonishing bargains. Ask suppliers if they are trying to unload any merchandise that is slightly damaged, out of the package, or otherwise difficult to sell retail.
Appliances. When shopping for the heavy appliance such as stove and refrigerator, ask outlets if they have slightly damaged models in the back of the store. You may find exactly the kind you want with a dent in the sides or rear that will never show. Floor models are often deeply discounted. So, too, are appliances taken out of their packaging and returned for some reason. Some may have been repaired by the dealer, but still, come with a warranty. All these appliances are usually in perfectly good operating condition but are far less expensive than perfect and packaged models.
Wallpaper. Ask wallpaper suppliers which styles they are trying to move in a hurry. Usually, there will be many styles that are selling for 25 to 90 percent off their original sale price.
Ceramic Tile. Ask ceramic tile dealers if they have small lots in their warehouse, usually, there are many styles available in quantities of less than 50 sq ft that can be had for 25 to 50 percent off.
Paint. Ask paint suppliers if they have mistake tinted paint. Even if such paint is not exactly the color you want, you can use it as an undercoat, saving 25 to 50 percent.
Other Construction Items. Never stop asking. I have heard of people buying huge, $200 double glazed glass panels for $50 -someone had ordered them in the wrong size, the buyer refused to accept them, and the dealer wanted them off his hands. I have heard of people buying slightly damaged but repairable $350 fiberglass bathtubs for $50. Others have bought display models of $500 pre-hung, insulated, metal exterior doors for $75.