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JUST HOW MUCH Do Ready-to-Assemble (RTA) Cupboards Cost ?
All set down a confusing rabbit hole? Then just start prices online RTA cabinets. Since it's such a competitive business, sellers are continuously changing prices, adding vague discount rates, and toying with the shipping costs. Although it can lead to frustration to you and greater profits for them, if you play the game right you can finish up saving big money.
In my search to get the cheapest RTA cabinets, I ran a survey of prices across 6 RTA dealers to see their charges for a single item.
The Shakertown Line
RTA cupboards don't really come under brand-names. You might find a general style like country oak, but this is not a brand. A good familiar cabinet style like Sienna Rope is no more a brandname; the trademark holder simply let the mark lapse plus they no longer enforce it.
I did manage to find one line*, Shakertown, offered by many online RTA dealers and usually using the same product code. It was a good point of assessment, since Shaker is a favorite style that almost every cupboard company will offer you. With its clean lines, Shaker provides a traditional-but-modern look for kitchen areas and baths. Shakertown is produced from the Shekia Group, or TSG, of Edison, NJ. TSG makes these cupboards under the Forevermark name.
THE TECHNIQUE: Size, Materials, Amount, and Shipping
One common cupboard type is the double-door kitchen base, 24" wide x 34 1/2" high x 24" deep (See Guide to Common Cabinet Sizes). This size has wonderful utility; it is the workhouse of the cabinet world and few kitchens go without it. Structure is 1/2" furniture-grade plywood boxes and all-wood doorways.
In each case, I costed 20 units of this item--which goes under the product code B24B--in order to force it to an even high enough to trigger free shipping, if the company offered this. After identifying total cabinet cost, I combined in the shipping charges for a grand total.
Balance Cabinet and Shipping Costs
For huge purchases like this, you need to turn it into a significant project. Build a chart or spreadsheet, if that can help you. I came across a $710.40 difference between the highest and lowest estimations. Isn't that worth a spreadsheet? .
Do not take the expenses below as sound and unchanging. This is a snapshot of a certain moment in time; it will change. Instead, let it be a testament to the wide variety of costs out there, and also to the pricing games that some sellers play.
Finding the cheapest cabinets means being aware of the interplay between cabinet costs and shipping costs. You need to balance the two out. Gravitating to "free shipping and delivery" alone is a red herring. So, too, is gravitating to low per-item costs without working shipping costs in to the mix. .
For instance, RTA Cupboard Store doesn't have free shipping. Sound bad? No, because using its low per-unit cost, the grand total makes this one of the lower-priced dealers. Conversely, The RTA Store advertised free shipping. But its high per-unit cost made this highest-priced dealer of all.
Here are the six prices, starting at the lowest and moving upward:
$3230.00 (Stock Cabinet Express)
Twenty units at $170 per unit resulted in an expense of $3,400, less $170 unspecified discount, for a complete of $3230.00.
Honestly, I still question about the reality of this quote, due to the fact it is an excellent $400 significantly less than another one (others vary among themselves by about $100).
Free shipping for orders over $3,000.
$3664.19 (RTA Cabinet Store)
The closest comparison to Shakertown B24B is what RTA Cabinet Store calls Autumn Shaker Double Door Base Cabinet 24"W, model BG24ASH. Ordering 20 models at $158.14 per unit comes to $3162.80. .
RTA Cupboard Store does not offer free shipping. Total shipping costs for this order: $501.39.
$3,765.80 (Cupboard Giant)
Cabinet Giant says that the initial price is $283. With a markdown, the purchase price results in $222.86. This is for 20 models.
Residential liftgate shipping costs $200. Pickup at nearest freight terminal is free.
$3,820.00 (Kabinet King)
Twenty units of B24B at $171 per device resulted in an expense of $3,420.00.
Continue to 5 of 6 below.
$3905.40 (Kitchen Cabinet Kings)
The initial list price is stated as $283.00, but with a markdown of 31%, resulting in $195.27 for the machine. This unit at a quantity of 20 equaled $3905.40.
One unusual thing happened. AFTER I was researching this, the price for this unit increased from $195.27 to $234.89. The very next day, the purchase price was back off to $195.27. I'm not sure if KCK's system was going through tests or if they really do intend to change the price. .
Purchases over $3,000 receive free shipping within the same door style.
$3,940.40 (The RTA Store)
The RTA Store does not have B24B, but it can have a similar product called Shaker Honey. Ordering 20 units at $197.02 leads to an expense of $3,940.40.
Shipping using the RTA Store is not yet determined. They don't state that they offer free shipping and delivery on RTA, only on pre-assembled RTA cupboard purchases of $1,499 or higher. Yet once i ran the order through, it determined that shipping and delivery costs were free. .