If you’re in the market for a new custom cushion for your sofa, you’re likely scoffing at the ridiculous prices that most retailers are listing them at. What many people look to do as an alternative is find one a used one online. But, because they’re used, do they automatically qualify as a hard pass? Ultimately, the choice is yours. This article is designed to showcase how you can snag a gem without even knowing it.
Purchase from a Reliable Source
Many buyers make the mistake of purchasing a cushion from an unreliable website or retailer. This can cause all sorts of problems. For one, if you think that something’s too good to be true, it likely is. You want to make sure that the site you’re looking into is reputable and will deliver the product that you want. The last thing you’ll need in your life is to be scammed out of a used couch cushion.
Read the Seller Description
One most sites, the seller will usually write a brief description showcasing what damages the cushion has, if applicable. It’s important that you read this description prior to clicking on the picture right away to determine whether it’s suitable for you or not.
If you’re unsure there may be a way to directly contact the seller so you can ask for more specific details like whether there are any tears or if there are stains that aren’t picked up in the photos. Get as much information as possible because after all, you’re going to end up with the cushion at the end.
Scan the Pictures
While pictures can speak a thousand words, on the Internet any type of image manipulation is possible. The images that you see might not even be the actual photo that the seller took. Or, if they really want to go the extra mile, they’ll edit the image to look cleaner and less worn. If you’re not satisfied with the generic images that are uploaded, you can always request updated pictures or even areas that you want zoomed in so you can double-check for any tears, stains, or other discrepancies.
The Foam Factory, a seasoned foam manufacturer, recommends that you do a full inspection, as much as you can, before purchasing a used cushion to ensure that the product is exactly to your liking. Don’t be afraid to pass on the item if you have your doubts – you might end up dodging a bullet so to speak.