Monday, October 12, 2015

A GUIDE TO OVERCOMING 11 COMMON POOL TABLE BUYING MISTAKES - Mistake #11

By far this is the most important part of our guide, and why we saved this best one for last.  Just like Dad used to say, "You get what you pay for".

As we began this book by saying, you should view a fun home is an investment in your family, friends and yourself.  An investment that will pay dividends to you paid out in happiness and quality of life

As an industry we attempt the myth that a $1500 pool table will provide an adequate experience.  But, it will be for a short period of time, most likely 2-3 years.  Regardless of what the warranty says, life of a $1500 pool table is the realm of 3-4 years.  It will no doubt last the warranty period.  All pool tables last.  But warranties simply cover workmanship and materials, not quality of play and long term happiness for your family and friends.  Can you afford not to have that?

It is very important to know a pool table that sells for $1500 is not the pool table of the past that could be handed down from generation to generation.  Remember what dad said, "You get what you paid for".

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A GUIDE TO OVERCOMING 11 COMMON POOL TABLE BUYING MISTAKES - Mistake #10

Although the biggest brand names have approximately 60% market share, there are many other manufacturers, most of which produce products without the name brand overhead, cost/debt structure, and advertising costs.  Most of these manufacturers purchase components from the same sources, so at the end of the day it is the level of overhead that is applied to the pool table and what amount of that must be recouped in the retail price.

In the end, the biggest name brands have a dominant place in the market; they share 60% of it.  Typically, you will find the name brands have the best value in the most price ranges.  Often you will find pool tables from the "imported off brands" for under $1300.  When shopping above $1500 you will find the American Made suppliers like Olhausen offer compelling values that the other name brands can't compare to.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

A GUIDE TO OVERCOMING 11 COMMON POOL TABLE BUYING MISTAKES - Mistake #9

A common tactic most pool table sales people use is what we call “Deflection”. What we mean by this term is a sales person will try to deflect all of your attention on one thing and one thing only. You may think that one thing may be the style or finish, but most likely they will focus squarely on price.

The reason they try this “Deflection” tactic on price is very simple. They lack the knowledge to focus on
anything else or more than likely, they have nothing else to focus on.

In our opinion you want to consider a manufacture or retailer who helps you put the entire puzzle together. Not just one piece.


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A GUIDE TO OVERCOMING 11 COMMON POOL TABLE BUYING MISTAKES - Mistake #8

Mistake #8 - Not protecting your pool table from yourself

It is important to protect your pool table from yourself. No matter how clean you are, there are some simple things that everyone does that cannot be controlled… these simple things are known as accidents”:

• Spill drinks
• Drop food
• Pet Accidents


These “accidents” and more can create a dirty and stained playing surface. They can be distracting and just downright ugly. Worst of all, they could have been avoided.

In the span of 3 to 5 years, a normal bed cloth will lose most of what is referred to as the knap. Therefore loosing consistency and accuracy. Not to mention body oil and sweat from your hands can also cause discoloration. Add pets into the mix and you can include hair to the list of items
affecting your game.


Traditional table covers do little to prevent stains; however they are great for keeping pet hair and dust off your pool table. In addition to a quality cover we suggest a stain proof pool table cloth that will keep all of the “spills” from staining the playing surface of your table. Cloths come in over 30 different colors to perfectly match your d├ęcor. Spills can be wiped away with a clean rag.

Use a table cover and stain proof cloth together for the ultimate 1-2 punch and your pool table will be
clean and new looking for years.



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Monday, December 29, 2014

A GUIDE TO OVERCOMING 11 COMMON POOL TABLE BUYING MISTAKES - Mistake #7

Mistake #7 - Purchasing just a "STOCK" pool table

There are three ways you can buy a pool table. First is what you see is what you get. No custom options, ZERO. Second option is you have tables that you may be able to choose a 2nd finish… WOW! Or you may even get lucky and have the option of a 2nd leg style also… exciting stuff, we bet you can barely contain yourself.

In our opinion, when you are investing in your new pool table why not get what you want, how you want it. The third way to buy a pool table is “total customization”. The options are almost unlimited such as:
  • Table size
  • Wood species
  • Rail style
  • Sight material and shape
  • Finish
  • Leg style
  • Cloth color with embroidering
  • Name tags engraved with your family name

The problem with option #3 is there are very few manufactures that can pull this off since most pool tables are made overseas. Any American made manufacture “SHOULD” be able to do this and have it delivered to your home within 30 days.

Why settle for the same ol’ same ol’? Your Home Entertainment professional should be able to show you 100’s of options so you can build the table that “fits” your style and budget perfectly.

 

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

A GUIDE TO OVERCOMING 11 COMMON POOL TABLE BUYING MISTAKES - Mistake #6

Mistake #6 - Selecting the wrong size pool table

How could this even be possible, you may ask? You would be surprised at just how many people order a 9’ pool table only to find that it doesn’t fit downstairs. Or, maybe you thought that an 8’ Professional meant something other than a 46” x 92” pool table size.

There are many reasons to change the size of pool table you are shopping for, not limited to the following:

• Other furnishings in the room
• Room structural restrictions
• Increased/decreased room dimensions
• Age or skill level of players

When able, it is best to select the biggest size pool table your room will allow. However having the room to “roam” while playing will result in less interference during play and ultimately create a more enjoyable game.

ROOM CHART
This chart will help you choose the table size that’s best for your playing area. (The 4’ x 8’ is by far the most popular size table for the home and the standard cue length is 58”.) If you have any questions about room dimensions, cue length, or table size.


 
 
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Friday, September 19, 2014

A GUIDE TO OVERCOMING 11 COMMON POOL TABLE BUYING MISTAKES - Mistake #5

Mistake #5 - Buying the feature and not the benefit

This is easily one of the biggest mistakes you can make when purchasing a pool table. Our industry is one of the worst perpetrators of beating you over the head with technical mumbo-jumbo and many other “names” of features. But what do all of these features mean?

When you’re shopping for a pool table most salespeople will be quick to spout off 5-6 features about the table you are considering, give you a price, and ask if you would like to purchase now. That is the game.

We do not view your experience as a game… well you know what I mean. We view it as a higher calling, helping you invest in your home and making the most out of every day.

We will always ask you questions, and listen to what it is you need out of your pool table. As covered in Mistake 7, pool tables are no longer just a wood and a metal box with a green felt, they are so much more than that today. This is why it is important to believe in the benefit of feature, and get the most benefit from each feature.

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT:

FEATURE
Slate - this is a feature found in most tables $1500 and higher today, so it is very prominent and popular. But do you know what slate does for you? No doubt if you have been shopping for a pool table you have heard this feature pointed out before.

BENEFIT
Slate - provides the finest stone playing field available which will hold its shape for the life of your pool table.

If the sales person you are working with is not able to communicate to you the benefit that each feature provides, run away from the store or website. The person or company in front of you is not a home entertainment professional and has simply memorized, at best, the features of each pool table he or she is presenting. Honestly, just read most of the signage on the table you are looking at and you can do the job for them. A true home entertainment professional will be able to explain the feature, advantage of the feature, and each and every benefit on the table you are considering.


Feature vs. Benefit


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