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These days, around one in ten people buy their modern furniture direct from outlets such a certain well-known Danish superstore. They have developed an enviable trading environment that attracts couples and families in their droves to shuffle around the store on a Saturday morning. But is it an 'enviable' experience for their customers? One school of thought, probably more of a male viewpoint, says that the sooner you can get out of the place, the better.

It is something of a procession. If you don't follow the directional arrows, you're at great risk of becoming completely lost. The place is packed out and, having almost broken your back to lift off your purchases from the dexion shelving, you then have to queue for ages at the cash tills. After that, getting all your stuff to the car in the enormous car park is an added headache, especially if you can't remember where you parked the damn thing.

Right at the other end of the scale is the traditional craftsman who will make any piece of furniture to your specification. Even though it's a 'traditional' process, you can still expect to receive some modern furniture direct to your door - he'll probably load it into his van and deliver it personally. But at what cost? Very few of us would be prepared to pay such money for a simple piece of furniture for everyday use in the home.

One story that came to light recently was that of a traditional furniture craftsman in Nottingham who makes all his products by hand, using mainly oak and sweet chestnut sourced from Sherwood Forest. Now how much more of a truly British and time-honoured profession could you get than that? But it's a dying art. He has said that he's in a dead-end profession, and young people are not inclined to learn such a trade these days. People like him are also under the constant threat of consumers turning to imports from Poland and China, rather than investing, at some considerable expense, in their local craftsmen.

There is of course an alternative scenario. Online shopping. It's a phenomenon that more and more of us are resorting to. In fact, this Boxing Day saw one of the highest levels of online purchases ever recorded - some 113 million visits were made to retail websites just on that one day, and actual online sales rose by 17.8 per cent over the same day in 2011.

For modern furniture direct, online shopping is becoming ever more popular, even though you will probably end up with a few Chinese imports around your home. You have the choice, but it's the pound in your pocket that dictates so many of our purchasing decisions today.


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