Wal-Mart, IKEA, and Home Depot are part of the world’s largest department distributors. For small purchases and more essential items – such as a dining table – stores like these help a lot of people.

However, like any business, these stores face positive and negative aspects that, when it comes to decoration and furniture, should be noted.

Advantages of department stores

Since this article focuses on the purchase and sale of dining tables and chairs, in that area the benefits are as follows.

Affordability in prices

Neither Wal-Mart nor any of its counterparts are characterized by selling luxury furniture. Therefore, for those who need to save and take advantage of every penny, department stores are the right choice.

Not only do they have a varied catalog in colors and designs, but they are characterized by such an abundant stock that, although not very exclusive, it allows them to minimize the prices of their products.

This kind of stores also adds to its economy the seasonal sales, especially during the Christmas holidays and the arrival of summer.

Value for money

Although prices are often the determinant of purchases in department stores, you can never accuse them of selling poor quality furniture. In fact, what is acquired for what is paid crown to these stores as large distributors of dining and related tables.

Departmental businesses handle sales and enviable offers. Clearly, not all products are of the highest quality, but most are characterized by their durability and strength.

In the case of dining tables, its catalog transits from folding models to copies of wood and glass.


As mentioned before, stock in department businesses is anything but limited. The furniture they have to offer is almost always mass-produced and available in various colors and models.

Disadvantages of department stores

Just as the dining tables of these stores stand out in certain aspects, there are others that do not quite convince customers.

Mass production

The abundance of equal items is the strength of these establishments. However, what for some is an advantage, for others it becomes a point against the lack of exclusivity.

Going beyond the unique and different products, the real problem with the mass production that IKEA or Wal-Mart distributes is its vulnerability to damage.

To buy by the department is to have the total security that hundreds of people – sometimes thousands – acquired the same table. And that, unfortunately, does not suit everyone.

Raw Material Limitation

The economy of the departments is strongly insisted. And it is true that it helps in quantity to customers with a narrow budget, but just as some products stand out for their excellent assembly, others leave much to be desired.

It is not for price or brand reasons. However, when shopping in stores of this nature it is recommended to evaluate the thicknesses of the plastic, the firmness of the legs on the folding tables and the wood -if it is authentic- of other furniture.

The economy of these stores is also that their raw materials are limited. The furniture, of course, is not part of the exception.

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