As consumers in Australia, we seem to be getting less value for greater expense. When we purchase expensive furniture from retailers, not only is delivery extra, but it comes in a flat packed box and we are expected to spend many frustrating hours building the furniture, only to have spare pieces or bolts left – and not being sure if you have done something wrong, or if there were spares.
So where did old fashion service go? With the increasing cost savings being made by retailers to source their furniture from overseas, increasing profit margins and saved man hours through the assembly, we have just succumbed to the fact this is ‘just how things are’.
Is it any wonder that more and more people are purchasing their furniture online, where many companies offer free delivery, great service and essentially the same products to customers?
Not only this, but Australian jobs have been well and truly made redundant with saw mills and highly skilled craftsmen going out of business, as the international imports are simply too cheap, too easy for retailers to make money, even if they are not to the same great quality.
There is nothing wrong with Australian design and ingenuity, from the Hills Hoist, Wi-Fi to the black box flight recorder, we know how to make things great. So, as consumers in Australia, we need to look harder for great Australian made products, sporting the Green and Gold kangaroo, and make sure we are supporting the companies that support our economy, our jobs, and our innovation.
Australian made furniture comes with guarantees of quality, of craftsmanship and if something goes wrong, you can speak to the people that built it to find out why. It would be very difficult to speak to the Malaysian factory that produced your flat packed table from one of ‘Australia’s best furniture retailers’, wouldn’t it?
Looking around at Australian Made products, the Balcony Koncepts table is one such product that is made on Queensland’s Gold Coast and is changing the way people enjoy the outdoors. From outdoor dining, creating a great functional workspace or giving the kids a place to do arts and craft in the fresh air, this is a game changer.
Designed in Germany, owned and built in Australia, Balcony Koncepts are supporting Aussie jobs, using recycled materials and providing solutions where the big retailers had none. Check them out today at https://balconykoncepts.com.au