The box stores are all trying to convince you that they are the cheapest place to purchase carpet. This is simply a great marketing ploy, and is not true. If you shop this type of store you will find it difficult at best to find a salesperson who knows much about carpet. Secondly, you will find that all the carpet has been private labeled so that you cannot compare apples to apples. Furthermore, if you do select a carpet from their showroom, most of these companies charge $50 for an estimate, and the only way you get this money back is to purchase the carpet from them.
You will find that most Carpet Speciality stores DO NOT charge for an in-home estimate.
Finally, the contract labor pool that the box store must draw from does not assure you of a quality installation.
The Nomad Carpet Store
This is the carpet installer selling out of the back of his truck,or out of his house. This is often a poor option for the consumer. First, you have little or no selection. Second, this person cannot buy directly from the manufacturer which means you pay more, not less. Also, the Nomad Carpet dealer has no influence with the carpet suppliers, and therefore no support to handleany claims for manufacturing defects.
Local Owned Dealer
Here is your best place to shop for carpet.
This person has a stake in the community in which you live. Furthermore, you will not have far to go for service after the sale. You can also be assured that issues will be handled quickly, as you are his neighbour. You should enjoy yourself when selecting new carpet. If you feel like just a number at other carpet stores, try your local store. You will find good old fashion service with professional concern for your particular floorcovering needs. Ask your neighbors about your local floorcovering store.
You may find the best deal right in your own backyard.