Buying kitchen cabinets is a large purchase. Often hidden in the price you are quoted are shipping charges. These days, that itself has a hefty price tag. But there are ways to save.
First, the factory that builds your cabinets is going to charge to get them to the dealership or showroom where you placed your order. It is often built in to the price you are quoted, not something you will see.
Some homeowners go to big box stores because their displays are obvious and it seems easy. But consider that most of their products come from overseas. So ask where your cabinets are coming from because the cost to get them, built or in parts, to the US, is part of what you will pay. Consider that some big box stores are buying parts from China from where they travel on a huge cargo ship across the world to a US harbor. Then they are trucked to a dealership. Then you’ll need to pay for shipping to your home.
Given current gas prices, it’s clear that shipping is going to be a big part of your cost. Realize that the shipper is charging the manufacturer who is charging the dealership which is charging you. Everyone is marking up their prices because each is a business. All of this ultimately gets passed to the consumer. Beware of buying mediocre quality but paying premium because, with all that shipping, only then can the cabinet dealer make a profit on a sale.
Are there ways around this? How can you spend your money on the best quality cabinets without also paying thousands of dollars to cover all those shipping costs?
Buy American. Buy brands that are at least assembled in the US. Few manufacturers can claim 100% American made these days. Hardware especially would cost a fortune. Even high quality hardware is made overseas.
Our line is built right here, in California. It is built to order. And, best of all, once your cabinets are built at the factory, you can arrange to have them shipped directly to your home, cutting out the middleman! This can save you thousands but it will also enable yo to buy higher quality cabinets because the greater part of your money is paying for cabintry and not shipping.
This is kind of unique. We recommend you look twice at how this works because the numbers are much higher than with many other household purchases. Be smart. Buy American. Support smaller busimesses. And save!