Faucets online vs plumbing showroom
I've searched for this on the forum, but couldn't find an answer. (not sure the search engine always works)
I met with the designer the builder recommended at the kitchen/bath showroom yesterday to pick out all the plumbing and fixtures for the kitchen and 3 baths in our new build. I didn't get any high-end stuff, mostly middle of the road, and no vanities or counters in the bid. I got the quote today, and it's nearly $10,000. I'm a bit in shock. I asked the designer yesterday if Moen faucets and sinks puchased from Home Depot or Lowes were the same as the ones she sells if the part # was the same, and she said absolutely not. She said they make two different grades,and the stores sell the lower quality.
I also went on-line today, and I can easily save 30-40 percent off her quoted prices at Faucets Direct. And right now Faucets Direct has free shipping plus an additional 10% off the listed price. I called the builder and asked his opinion about buying on-line, and he frowned on that. Told me he's had trouble with parts missing, etc. And then the plumber wouldn't warranty it. I've built several custom homes, and I've never had a plumber warranty anything. So I'm confused on that statement.
What is your opinion? Thanks for the advice.