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These days, online shopping has become an essential part of modern living. You can find almost anything you could possibly need on the internet, from groceries to clothes to entertainment and, of course, furniture!

It is not just well-known furniture retailers that have moved online. Many of the best websites for buying furniture operate entirely on the internet without needing any physical stores, simply because they can offer both outstanding convenience and top-notch prices. Better still, these companies are so large that there are PLENTY of reviewers ready to praise or scorn their services, letting potential customers know exactly what to expect.

That said, it is important not to take this for granted. Depending on which websites you look at, you could find a variety of different delivery options, not all of them timely or even reliable. It will also be important to consider the costs of delivery. Sadly, this will rarely be free, and in some cases you may have to shell out for a courier service. Much of the time you may even be required to choose a furniture courier of your own in order to get your new belongings from A to B.

Considering all of this can sadly take some of the convenience out of buying furniture online. However, taking the time to find the best possible deal will allow you to avoid overpaying or, even worse, endangering your delivery items!

Here’s what you can expect in terms of delivery from some of the biggest online retailers out there!

Furniture delivery for eBay

eBay pretty much wrote the book on online bargain hunting! For over 30 years, savvy shoppers have been heading to eBay looking for bargains, sniping other bidders to get incredible prices on first and second-hand goodies.

Unfortunately, when it comes to larger purchases from eBay, the delivery options can be somewhat lacking. In the words of ebay.co.uk, ‘people do not want to spend time sorting out delivery,’ and many items are for local collection only.

On the one hand, this can give you a chance to find a terrific bargain if you are willing to search in your local area. You could save yourself the cost of hiring a courier or paying postage by making a short trip in the car, though reaching sellers based further afield can still cause the costs to stack up.

eBay itself recommends finding a ‘cheap courier’ for delivering items like ‘office equipment, white goods, electrical appliances, garden items’ and ‘sporting equipment’. Luckily, most sellers on eBay will make clear how large and heavy their items are when writing page descriptions. This should help you let your courier know exactly how much space they will need to transport your purchases.

Our eBay courier services start from as little as £26.

Furniture delivery for Gumtree

Ah, Gumtree. Most Brits who have experimented with online shopping will have a story from the advertisement and community website. You can pick up virtually anything here, from furniture to cars to jobs, pets, local clubs and even new properties! If you have the patience and know-how, Gumtree could become your portal for planning the next phase of your life (though personally, we would start with a new chest of drawers).

Another thing that Gumtree offers is a whole host of furniture delivery companies and courier services. Most of these pages are localised, so that even if the website does not offer adequate services of its own, you can still find a selection of nearby firms to compare.

That being said, there is no reason to use one of the services advertised with Gumtree. It can still be worth taking a look on your own, while also collecting instant quotes from reputable nationwide courier services like Anyvan. You may even want to make this a priority before looking for furniture on Gumtree, so that you can have a clear idea of what you will need to spend on transport before making your purchase.

Furniture delivery for Preloved

Preloved, that delightful website with all the cartoon, boasts a mission to ‘become the UK’s most loved and trusted community of creators, buyers and sellers.’ We certainly wish them the best of luck, and with over 500 categories of items on offer, they could be on the way to achieving their goal!

Unfortunately, Preloved also does not offer its own furniture delivery service. That said, the website does provide some useful advice on how to stay safe when buying second-hand furniture online, such as meeting buyers in person wherever possible, knowing your budget, taking measurements for the space you need to fill and always inspecting the condition of what you are purchasing.

It even draws attention to its sister website, ‘Freeloved’, for when you are shopping on a tight budget. Just keep in mind that quality control will be DOUBLY important when dealing with sellers who are willing to offload their belongings free of charge.

Furniture delivery for Facebook

Even with the odd bad story in the news, most of us continue to use Facebook for pretty much everything: communication, research, entertainment and even online shopping are available with the king of social media.

Introduced in 2016, Facebook Marketplace has become a popular source of household goods, gadgets, services and furniture. However, the same rules will still apply here: try not to trust any second-hand sellers who advertise their goods using photos from magazines or product websites, as opposed to accurate photos of what they are actually selling. You will also want to check reviews from the previous customers of each of your potential sellers. Facebook is so large that word of two-bit furniture dealers can spread quickly, so it is definitely worth taking the time to assess a seller before making a purchase.

What’s unique about Facebook is that a huge variety of furniture companies already have a presence there. However, if you were looking for brand-spanking new pieces then you wouldn’t be checking out this article! Couriers like Anyvan are quite familiar with picking up furniture from Facebook sellers and should have no trouble providing advice on how to plan everything out.

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