What big box and online stores aren’t telling you
Beware cheap imitations
Big box and online stores sell fixtures that appear to be the same as ours, from the name, to the style, to the manufacturer, all at a bargain price. But what they’re not telling you is that they fill their fixtures with low-quality, sub-par parts to make their products as cheap as possible. They make you think you’re getting a bargain on a great fixture, when you’re really just getting a poorly made substitute.
That great deal just got very expensive
That faucet may seem like a bargain, but there’s no bargain when it breaks quickly, and you need to replace it instead of doing simple repairs. Tearing out that beautiful Corinthian marble to replace cheap parts is much more expensive than paying more for fixtures that work and last.
Hello? Is there anybody out there?
That faucet might look great online, but will the finish match your other fixtures? Can you get the parts to fix it or install it here in town? Does that shower come with the valves you need? When your information comes from a kid in an apron with just one week of plumbing training, or from a website with seemingly endless choices, you won’t get the help and expertise you need to make your entire project a success.