Granite Countertops—$39 S/F!??



There it is!

That “bargain price” that draws those consumers in that are looking for a deal. I don’t blame them really. Everyone likes a good price, especially in today’s economy—but is that so-called bargain price really a deal?

Most companies aren’t in business to lose money, but when you find a granite fabricator who is selling their granite countertops for $39 S/F, most likely that is exactly what is happening.  Sure there are other ways to cut corners and bring that cost down, but here are some things you might want to take into consideration when shopping for a granite fabricator:

Things to consider when shopping for a granite fabricator:

  1. Have you seen the granite fabricators installation trucks, or vans driving down the road before? If not, they may use a snowmobile trailer, to transport their countertops, or some other smaller trailer, possibly with hay coming out the sides? (Yes-hay!)
  2. Does the fabricator have a showroom and fabrication facility, or do they work out of their garage, or barn? (Yes-barn! Where do you think the hay comes from?)
  3. What kind of equipment do they use? Do they have any bridge saws, CNC mills, straight line polishers, etc.?
  4. Does the fabricator have a blog site?  How about a website?
  5. Does the fabricator answer their phone when you try to call them, or do you only get voicemail?
  6. Do they have voicemail? Does the phone just ring?
  7. What does their bid look like? Does it include only a price? Does it give any sort of description of the project? Any details? Any square footage listed?
  8. Have you seen any of the fabricators work? How about seams and undermount sinks? Have you seen any curve work?
  9. Can they do curve work?
  10. Does the fabricator have insurance and proof of it? If not, what will happen if someone gets hurt on your property?
  11. What will happen when you have a problem with your installation? Will they come back out to fix it? Probably not, when they aren’t really making any money in the first place.
  12. Does the fabricator belong to any trade organizations such as the MIA? How about the BBB?
  13. Does the granite fabricator speak english?
  14. Do they employ illegal immigrants?
  15. Do they have any employees?
  16. What will happen when the fabricator goes out of business and you need something serviced, or fixed?

I could keep going, but I will stop now. My point is that all of these things cost money, which in most businesses, is what sets the price. If you do your homework, you will find that most reputable fabricators price their countertops reasonably the same. It is usually the “hack shops” that try and get business by practically giving it away, and are also the ones that give the whole stone industry a bad name, and consumers a false sense of a deal.

At PGC, we sell our granite countertops at a competitive price and take pride in what we do. Our philosophy has always been to be “The Best,” instead of the cheapest, and when there is a problem, you can count on us to be around to fix it.

While there will always be competition, keep in mind you get what you pay for, and most likely you’ll never get “Peace of Mind” at a bargain price!

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite on February 18th, 2009 by Barb | | 2 Comments



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  1. on February 19th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Well said.

    Check out our site, let me know if your interested in cross linking, it helps you positioning in searches.

  2. Barb said,

    on February 19th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Steve:

    I appreciate your comments and for reading my blog.

    Thanks!
    Barb



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