Discount Window Blinds

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Not so long ago, "discount" anything implied less-than-wonderful workmanship and shoddy craftsmanship. The "D" word was not something bandied about proudly; rather it was sort of shameful, and not something that most buyers were comfortable talking about. You paid your money and crossed your fingers and hoped that no one would ever be able to tell that whatever you'd bought was not as spiffy as the variety found in a regular high-end retailer.

Discount: "Smart," Not "Settling"

But times have certainly changed. In the 1980s, enormous warehouse style stores proudly offered major brand-name products at lower prices, and slowly changed the image associated with discounted merchandise. Being able to buy top-of-line merchandise in huge quantities gave these retailers the opportunity to "pass the savings on to you." Slowly, "discount" came to mean smart and economical. Appreciating the difference, many of the finest stores, including Nordstrom's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and a variety of high-end clothing and home-store retailers now proudly feature dedicated outlet stores, where their gold-standard merchandise is sold at bargain basement prices.

The Internet, too, has had its own impact on discount merchandise. Many e-stores don't have to worry about all the costs of maintaining a brick and mortar establishment. They don't pay warehouse-size rents, nor do they staff entire fleets of employees. They buy or make the products, and sell them directly to the public. With such low overhead, they can offer the same high-quality merchandise found in regular stores at a much lower, "discounted" rate.

Today, nearly any item may be found at prices lower than one would pay at the local mini-mall. Clothes, furniture, personal accessories, appliances, home improvement products like paint, lumber and hardware, even cars, can be purchased at enormous discounts if one practices a little patience and research. It's a given, then, that discount window treatments are available from a variety of sources, which provide top of the line craftsmanship and style-savvy at bargain-basement prices.

If you're in the market for window blinds, be they schoolhouse 1940s-style roll shades, bamboo shades, cellular shades, wood or vinyl venetian blinds, or even fine fabric Roman shades, rest assured that there are many online sources that offer both excellent workmanship and affordable prices. With so many opportunities and outlets available, one doesn't have to settle for "whatever's on sale." Instead, make the decision first about what particular kind of window treatment you desire, then set about finding its most affordable option. With so many discount retailers available, decorators don't have to settle for second best; they can purchase the very best, at a price they can live with.

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