DEBUNKING THE “We will meet or beat any Written quote”  Claims  ……Buying Cheap can be very expensive. 20151113_101513 This cheap inside door use as an outside door . How often do consumers fall into the trap of buying from retailers, manufacturers and salespeople making claims that they will meet or beat any other competitor’s price. When one competitor’s price is within 5 to 10 percent  difference from competitors it can be understood. Be extremely careful for unbelievable offers. For instance  an offer for  a wooden front door of R850-00,  whereas   the competition’s prices is R1650-00 for a door similar door. Looking closer, you will find the difference is that  the cheaper door should  only be used as inside door.  The customer based his decision purely on price instead of value. The more expensive door is a solid door, whereas the cheaper door is a semi -hollow door. This  covered with a layer of veneer to look like the first one.The  much more expensive door has been made from solid  wooden material . This was made specifically for the harsh South African conditions. The poor customer have never been informed that their is a big difference in the 2 doors.  The door  also do not carry any guarantees. The more expensive door carry a 5 year guarantee. A mistake like this will prove to be  very costly with a lot of  frustrations. This  inevitably resulting  in removing the new (old) damaged door . Again  spending money, wasting  time in sourcing for right door. Then re-instalment and re-applying of good quality sealant. It is advisable to  consult an expert in a specific field or getting a second opinion before making wrong purchase decisions. Especially when the price seems to unbelievable to be true,it is most likely not true . Contributed by Stewart Murdoch Windorpro (Pty)ltd Window and Door lifestyle Consultant.