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Deal or Dud?

Deal or Dud?

by John Loecke

Do you know how to spot a well-made chest of drawers or a sturdy rug from across a crowded sales floor? Take our quiz to find out just how savvy a shopper you really are.

Price is the ultimate indicator of quality.
1 of 7 questions

Option A

True

Option B

False

When shopping for a rug that will be placed in a high-traffic area, you:
2 of 7 questions

Option A

Choose a stylish outdoor rug that you can clean often

Option B

Select a high-pile rug that caught your eye. It sheds a bit, but that's what vacuums are for.

Option C

Bid on a rare antique Persian rug at an auction (It should probably be showcased under glass, but who cares?)

Option D

Find a cheap rug on sale at Big Lots

Which sofa is the best buy?
3 of 7 questions

Option A

The $399 corduroy-covered special you spot the moment you walk into the furniture store

Option B

A sleek brown leather floor sample marked down to $1,500 from $3,000. You didn’t want leather and you’re not wild about the shape, but the price is such a bargain.

Option C

A $2,000 classic roll-arm style with loose cushions in a down/foam blend, an innerspring seat and a sturdy wood frame. Although the shape and the pale brown Ultrasuede cover aren’t exciting, it fits in with your living room furnishings.

Option D

A $2,000 classic roll-arm style covered in a snappy stripe with foam cushions and a frame made of metal and wood

Sleeping around (i.e., lying down and testing as many mattresses as possible at the bedding store) is the key to selecting a mattress that will help you get a good night's sleep.
4 of 7 questions

Option A

True

Option B

False

The best way to evaluate the quality of two seemingly similar sets of sheets that appear to differ only in price is to note their individual thread counts. The higher the number (400 as opposed to 250), the better the bedding.
5 of 7 questions

Option A

True

Option B

False

Which of the following should you closely inspect when shopping for a chest of drawers?
6 of 7 questions

Option A

Overall weight of the piece

Option B

Joints — especially those on drawers

Option C

Finish and hinges

Option D

Both b and c

When shopping for art to hang on your walls, it's better to buy the work of an unknown artist than a copy of a famous painting.
7 of 7 questions

Option A

True

Option B

False