Carpet Shopping at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Empire or Costco?

It’s always smart to be cautious when shopping for new carpet or flooring for your home.

Carpet scams are common and are often hard to foresee. Here is some sound advice from a trusted carpet expert you might want to consider before you agree to buy new carpet or flooring from any nationally advertised corporate retailer like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Costco or Empire Today.

Learn the Truth about Choosing New Carpet wisely, How to quickly spot common retail Carpet Scams and make Smarter Carpet Choices!

Carpet Scams and Rip-offs at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Empire or Costco?

Costco Carpet Display
Costco has been taking down their carpet displays and now just have a brochure.

Don’t Fall For Those Relentless TV Ads about their Free or low-cost Carpet Installation Specials!

The last time I checked, all four of these Giant National Carpet Retailers use OTHER private companies to facilitate their carpet sales, measuring and installation services.

That means if you ever have a carpet problem or complaint, you may have a hard time finding anyone to help you or take responsibility for making things right. If they do return your calls, they usually blame the other guy, or they blame you for choosing the wrong grade of carpet, or for not maintaining the carpet properly.

Have a Carpet Complaint? 

If it is a carpet defect, you’ll have to contact the carpet manufacturer to come by and inspect your carpet, if the carpet is still under warranty.

If you have an installation problem you’ll have to contact the carpet installer directly. The installer will take a look at your carpet if you are still within the standard 1-year warranty.

Did the retail salesperson misrepresent the product you purchased? Did they say it was a good choice for your home? Good luck with that, as you are solely responsible for making wise and informed carpet and padding choices that can meet your needs, goals and lifestyle. 

Take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to help determine what Grade of Carpet you should choose for your home.

Carpet Shopping at Costco?

Costco members may be shown a small display with a rack full of miniature carpet samples or brochures. (Lately they have been taking the samples down) See the photo at the top of this page?

Costco Brochure 2021
Costco’s New Carpet and Flooring Brochure for 2021

If you grab their free brochure you will be provided with a phone number to call to start your in-home Carpet Consultation Process. A commissioned salesperson will bring samples to your home and be happy to write up your order and arrange for installation.

While they may carry some good quality carpet, be prepared for sticker shock when you see what the total cost for carpet, padding and installation will be.

Private Labels on their Carpet Samples?

You can’t comparison shop easily because they change the carpet brand name, style names and color names to thwart you. You would need to take their carpet samples with you into other local carpet stores to try to compare both samples side by side. It’s definitely not fun or easy to do, and is time consuming. Not to mention that they will not leave all their carpet samples with you.

If you are in the market for new carpet or flooring of any kind, I think you should consider buying new carpet from one of the recommended carpet stores I have listed in my Preferred Carpet Dealer Directory.

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Buying Carpet From Lowe’s, Home Depot, Empire or Costco?

Carpet Buying Guide | Stainmaster 6.6 Update

Stainmaster Brand Update 2021

The Stainmaster® brand, well-known for it’s Nylon 6,6 fiber, was recently purchased by Lowe’s. I think this is a sneaky sales tactic designed to force homeowners to buy carpet from them.

Carpet Sample Rack
Carpet Sample Display

I never recommend buying new carpet from Lowe’s, Home Depot or Empire Today.

But from now on, the only way to purchase new carpet with the Stainmaster® brand name, is to buy it at Lowe’s. They have spent a lot of money buying the Stainmaster brand.

 

The good news is you don’t have to buy carpet from Lowe’s to get the exact same benefits that Stainmaster Nylon 6,6 is so well-known for.

 

Stainmaster brand carpet has always been made with the Nylon 6,6 fiber.

Carpet Samples

The same exact Nylon fiber known as Nylon 6,6 is available at other local carpet retailers under different names.

It’s the same fiber, manufactured by the same fiber company, but it just doesn’t have the Stainmaster® brand name attached to it.

 

So, you don’t have to shop for carpet at Lowe’s just because they bought the Stainmaster® brand name.

You can still buy new carpet made from Nylon 6,6 at many local carpet stores and enjoy all the same benefits without having to pay more for the Stainmaster® brand name.

So don’t buy Stainmaster brand carpet at Lowe’s, Choose new carpet made with the Nylon 6.6 fiber at  a local recommended carpet store near you!

Watch out for new TV advertising from Lowe’s about Stainmaster® Brand Carpet.

I’m sure Lowe’s has a big advertising game plan on its way to try to convince homeowners to buy Stainmaster Branded Carpet now that they own the Stainmaster brand name. My advice? Don’t fall for their advertising sales gimmicks.

See my complete list of free articles here

New Carpet Buying Guide

Discover What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Selecting New Carpet…

    1. What makes one carpet More Durable than another?
    2. What carpet fiber is best able to tolerate Heavy Foot-Traffic?
    3. What makes one carpet able to Resist Stains better than another?
    4. Best ways to avoid common Carpet Scams and Rip-Offs
    5. How much should you spend on new carpet?
    6. The Best and Worst Places to Buy New Carpet!

These are just a few of the super important things you should learn about before you ever begin shopping for new carpet.

See My Complete List of Free Articles

As a consumer advocate, my goal is to help educate and inform homeowners. I want to make sure you choose new carpet wisely and end up happy with your carpet or flooring purchase for many years to come.

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Do Not Choose the Wrong Grade of Carpet!

Be careful who’s opinion you trust! You might hope to buy carpet that will last for 15 years. What will you do when it wears out in just 5 years?

You should never blindly trust the information or advice provided by a carpet salesperson.

 

Take the time to learn Your Carpet ABC’s before you begin shopping for new Carpet.

Choosing the right grade of Carpet is not as easy as most folks think. It’s not like it was 20 or 30 years ago when most carpet was very durable.

Today there are thousands of different colors, textures, patterns, grades and quality levels to choose from.

Choose the right grade of carpet today and I guarantee you will be happy with your purchase for years to come.

Visit my free consumer website to learn a whole lot more. How to Choose wisely, Save time, Save money and Avoid common retailer carpet scams!

Take my free Carpet Foot-Traffic Test to see what grade of carpet you might need to choose for your home based on your own unique needs, goals and lifestyle.


Carpet Dealer DirectoryIt’s hard to find an honest and reputable carpet store these days! That’s why I created my own special hand-picked list of locally-owned carpet and flooring stores. They give free estimates, offer fair prices, have knowledgeable staff, provide honest measuring and use qualified installers. Are there any recommended Carpet Stores Near Me?