1. I agree that the best deal or sale is usually end of the year (Dec) clearing old stock to bring in new stocks. if only you can wait or not in urgent need. Otherwise you still need to research and shop to your best ability. 2. I also agree that It is also important not to buy from the 1st shop but visit a few shops to consider the design and compare prices 3. it is sometime sad to see good small furniture shops closing, example galanga living. Yes, probably it is best to pay the minimum, personally I do not have bad experiences from any furniture shops in this regard.