Vent about tile sales person

lincolnduncanJune 21, 2013

I know this is petty but here it is. I get so annoyed when someone is just trying to rip you off. We are doing a big renovation. Basically the whole house including 5 bathrooms. The master and powder are going to be really nice and I'm not skimping on tile (not going Waterworks crazy, but not cheap). The other bathrooms (a basement powder room and 2 kids baths) are going to be very simple white subway tile. So she's trying to sell me Florida tile for about $5 sq ft with a chair rail at $7 a piece. So I ask why I would possibly do that when I can get daltile at Home Depot for a lot less. From everything I've read here, Florida and daltile are basically the same thing, but she was giving me the hard sell on hers and insinuating that I was being cheap. So irritating Vent over : )

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You came to the right place. Your best friend may find your tile shopping incredibly tedious, but we understand. :)

As for that incompetent salesperson, oh, well. Let's face it, we're all precious jewels, but if Tory Burch fell of a ship one way and her purse went the other, everyone would go after the purse. (And I'm not talking design here. She's now a billionaire courtesy of those purses.)

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 12:50PM
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Looks like you've done your research! It is endless. Good job!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 12:57PM
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I hear you on tile prices, OP. When we rec'd the tile allowance firgures from our builder, my initial thought was "omg, we're going to have garbage tile in our supposed-to-be-gorgeous new home!".
My reaction was predicated on the monstrously inflated prices that many tile mfrs/suppliers charge, which many of us have been conditioned to accept without question.
However, once I dug in and did some research, I determined pretty quickly that we'll be in fine shape with our allowances if we steer clear of most of the "name" tile people.
I mean, does anyone REALLY care what "brand" of tile is on your floor, on your wall, and in your shower, as long as it looks good and was properly installed?? Do people really try to obtain status and/or ego boosts through tile, for pete's sake?!?

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 1:12PM
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All tile is not created equal. Name brands can offer a better, known quality of manufacture and materials as well as good company backing of the product. I'm not referring to the extremely high end designer tiles though where you do pay a lot for the name. Those prices are insane. But can be extraordinarly beautiful! That does take effort and talent. Pricing is still rather extreme, imo.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 1:35PM
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Not sure Dal Tile at HD is the same quality as at Dal Tile showroom stores. I've scanned HD/Lowes American Olean (bought by Dal Tile) too. Maybe you might visit Dal Tile itself.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 1:43PM
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