Dozens of offers, commercials, and promotional campaigns exist by now, which promise you the ability to buy a kitchen complete with household appliances or a full leather sofa, for only a few hundred Euros.
This may be true, but what are we really buying? Do we know the the materials and the invisible costs of these products?
We can take the kitchen as an example (household appliances included). Structures in the chipboard, the poorest and the most toxic one, deriving from the mincing of our old furniture, ended up at landfills rather than by railway sleepers impregnated with creosote.
So we didn’t know exactly what we take home, since wood, brass, glass, iron, plastic are first separated (to verify the separation methods) and then mixed to create panels glued on with formaldehyde-based glue, a substance recognised as cancerogenic from 2004.
So it is to exclude the presence of other refined materials like laminate or varnish-based finishings, too expensive and delicate for a low cost product. Only paper ennobles these panels.
Design without much expectation and no attention to the details.
Daily use then puts a strain on this “furniture”: swelling of the work-top due to contact with water, yielding of doors, bowing of shelves subjected to load, and so on.
It is almost impossible to carry out renovations or alternations of any kind and it is often cheaper to replace than to repair.
A little note on household appliances that comes with these kitchens: they are of an energetic class below the standard thus, they consume more and savings are non-existent after a couple of bills!!!
If, then, we talk about invisible costs, it is almost impossible not to mention the compartment of the living room – this is where big brands rely on ghost companies, run by the Chinese who uphold inhumane working conditions and who utilize warehouses and sheds as primitive shelters, just to produce their over-publicized sofas for these rooms.
The allegations brought from Pasquale Natuzzi, the leader of the pack, leaves little room for doubt (http://economia.panorama.it/aziende/Natuzzi-guerra-poltrone).
So dear customers, careful what you buy. Count on quality, even if spending a bit more Euro. Buy solid wood, blockboards or Italian poplar multilayer furnitures, created by artisans who invest in the attention to the detail and in the personalization, making the products unique pieces in their every inch.
Ultimately, you have to believe in the old proverb: “You’ll save when you spend more”.