When I purchased the flooring for the living room I bought a few extra boxes because I wasn’t sure how much scrap I would end up with from the cuts and knew I planned to carry the flooring straight through into the kitchen so the extra wouldn’t be wasted.
The end of January I laid the rest of the flooring in the kitchen. My thought was that by getting as much of it done as possible I would be able to make a more concise estimate on the amount needed to complete the kitchen floor without having my money tied up in material that would need to be returned when the job was finished.
Since then I have been living with a kitchen half completed and can’t find the flooring to finish the room. Why? It’s simple, Greed.
I, or my son, have been visiting or calling all the stores in close proximity to both our homes trying to find the flooring. We are told another shipment is on the way, even the day it will arrive but when we check the store is sold out.
Yesterday, a salesperson finally admitted to us why the flooring never makes it to the shelves of the store. It’s being bought in bulk by contractors. Every store in the area has a back order list for contractors who have claimed shipment as it arrives. The store says they must fill those orders before they can put the product on the shelf for other customers.
Here’s where I ran into the problem. When I selected my flooring I looked at the color samples online and choose the color I liked best. At the store I found that color and one other shade were on sale. Score! I thought I’d lucked out for once. Unfortunately for me this color, and the other one, are always on sale. I saved $1 per square foot.
It’s this savings that has contractors stockpiling this flooring for future projects and making it impossible for me to purchase the last four boxes I need to finish my kitchen.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand the reasoning behind stockpiling flooring that saves you money when you are in business but it would be nice if even one of the contractors would be willing to let me purchase four boxes to finish a job I am in the middle of. Nope, when called not one will part with a single box to help me out. What bothers me the most is they aren’t even using it right now. They don’t know when they will use it, they just want as much as they can get NOW and continue to put holds on the product.
I was told that I could try and purchase the flooring online, this would add an additional $50 to my cost to cover shipping. Fine, $50 won’t break the bank at this point. Guess what. None are available online because all the stock the company has is being used to cover what the contractors are ordering.
The salesperson also informed me that it’s a very real possibility that the manufacturer may run out of the flooring by filling the contractors orders and I may not be able to purchase the remaining four boxes I need any time soon.
I mentioned that there is one other color, much lighter than I selected, that is always sold at the same reduced price. That flooring is also back ordered and is being held for contractors when it arrives. By purchasing the entire inventory of the only two shades available at the reduced price it leaves the average person who wants to improve their private home to pay a higher cost for the same product by being stuck purchasing shades that are more costly.
I’ve attempted to purchase the flooring from the manufacturer, to avoid the retailer all together. Can’t be done. The manufacturer has an exclusive contract with this one home improvement store making it impossible to purchase it any where but from that one store.
So here I sit waiting with half the kitchen floor done, paper and cardboard protecting the glue strips down the middle of the room and no way to finish the job. I can’t help but think how greed, and our views on getting the most for our money, have landed me in this position.