No Picture
General Article

Kitchen Hardware – Negotiate For the Best Price

Kitchen Hardware – Negotiate For the Best Price

If you are in the midst of trying to figure out how to redecorate your house on a shoestring budget you may think you have looked everywhere for ways to cut corners and costs. But one important word may not have gotten into your list of options – negotiation.

When people think about negotiating in prices they often think that only works in the world of services or in visits to foreign country vending markets. But no, these days the art of negotiation can work in almost every arena.

We are in the midst of a down economy. That means all retail stores are struggling. They are not selling as much as they did lass month and substantially less than they did last year and the year before. So, they are trying to move inventory out to bring money in. That means if you are willing to do a little wheeling you may be able to get a great deal on the kitchen hardware you need.

Avoid the Chains

First and foremost you have to understand that there are still some stores this will not work in. The big chain home improvement stores are not going to give you this kind of discount. The people at the stores do not have the ability to make deals on prices so you are going to be stuck with what the price on the product is. The only exception you may find here is if you have a coupon to get a discount.

Don’t Be Excited

So, now that you know where to shop, you need to make sure you stay cool and collected during your shopping experience. As you walk into a local home improvement or home décor store you know there is likely going to be a salesperson that will come to talk to you and sell you on the items you are looking at. You need to let them think you could take or leave the items you are looking at.

This is not always easy to do. What if you walk in to the store and see the perfect kitchen hardware – just what you had been looking for – sitting right in front of you! You may want to snatch them up and run for the counter. But then you are going to be paying full price and we’re trying to cut costs here, right?

Take a deep breath and ask the salesperson if there is anything they can do on the price. Let them know you are interested, but aren’t sure if you really should be doing this project because you’re on a tight budget. If they think you are willing to walk away if the price is not as good as you want, they are going to do what they can to give you a discount. Often you can get 10%, 20% or more off of items by going this route. The key is you have to be willing to walk away if you aren’t getting the price you want. While you may cringe at this idea, if the difference is pretty small, chances are they will pull you back in the door before you get away.

If you can master the art of negotiation you will free up more money that you can use for other fun projects in the home.…

No Picture
General Article

Luma Projection Screen – How Do the Draper Luma Projector Screens Match Up?

Luma Projection Screen – How Do the Draper Luma Projector Screens Match Up?

The Luma projection screen brand has become quite popular among projector users. In particular the Draper Luma projection screens are renowned for their price-to-quality. In this article I will go into the pros and cons of this line of projection screens.

What Is So Great About Draper Luma Projection Screens?

As I stated above the brand has a great price-to-quality ratio. Price is certainly the key advantage of this brand, as in some cases it can even present a savings above creating your own projector screen. At the top end a Draper Luma can run around 500 dollars, and at the bottom end even less than 100 dollars. This is certainly a great savings above a premium electric projection screen which can easily run in thousands of dollars.

There are some who swear by the sturdiness of the Draper Luma brand. Some owners of this brand claim they still retract well after several years of use. The Draper projection screen company is known for producing long lasting screens, and typically provides a 12 month warranty with Luma projector screens.

Another advantage to consider of Draper screens vs. DIY screens is that they are cleanable. A material such as seamless paper or with screen paint will be difficult to clean and re-use. This is definitely something to consider if you are considering a Luma instead of creating your own.

What Should I Look Out For When Buying A Draper Luma Projection Screen?

The black border around many projector screens can enhance the quality of the picture. Some Draper Luma screens do not have a black border, but simply have a black metal bar at the bottom of the viewing area. Ideally there would be a black light-absorbing fabric surrounding the viewing area on all edges so be sure to consider this when you go to buy a projection screen.

Something else to watch out for is that you get the right ratio for your projector. The Draper Luma screens come in different ratios, for a HD projector you will want a 16:9 screen ratio. Otherwise, you will have to deal with wasted space on the viewing area which does not make for a good home theater screen.

Another thing to worry about with manual projector screens such as the Draper Luma is to keep the screen flat. If you are too rough when pulling the screen out, or rolling it is pack it is possible that eventually it will lose planarity, and possibly crease. This really is not a fault of the projector screen material, but of most manual projector screens that are not tensioned. You will need to decide if the cost savings vs. a motorized projection screen make it worthwhile.…