Ready to go down a confusing rabbit hole? Then just start pricing online RTA cabinets. Since it's such a competitive business, dealers are continually changing prices, adding vague discounts, and toying with the shipping costs. While it can result in frustration to you and greater profits for them, if you play the game right you can end up saving a lot of money.
In my quest to find the cheapest RTA cabinets, I ran a survey of prices across 6 RTA dealers to see their prices for a single item.
01 of 06
$3230.00 (Stock Cabinet Express)
Twenty units at $170 per unit resulted in a cost of $3,400, less $170 unspecified discount, for a total of $3230.00.
Frankly, I still wonder about the truth of this quote, considering that it is a good $400 less than the next one (all others vary among themselves by about $100).
Free shipping for orders over $3,000.
02 of 06
$3664.19 (RTA Cabinet Store)
The closest comparison to Shakertown B24B is what RTA Cabinet Store calls Autumn Shaker Double Door Base Cabinet 24"W, model BG24ASH. Ordering 20 units at $158.14 per unit comes to $3162.80.
RTA Cabinet Store does not offer free shipping. Total shipping costs for this order: $501.39.
03 of 06
04 of 06
$3,820.00 (Kabinet King)
Twenty units of B24B at $171 per unit resulted in a cost of $3,420.00.
$3,820.00Continue to 5 of 6 below.
05 of 06
$3905.40 (Kitchen Cabinet Kings)
The original list price is stated as $283.00, but with a markdown of 31%, resulting in $195.27 for the unit. This unit at a quantity of 20 equaled $3905.40.
One odd thing happened. When I was researching this, the price for this unit increased from $195.27 to $234.89. The next day, the price was back down to $195.27. I'm not sure if KCK's system was undergoing tests or if they really did intend to change the price.
Orders over $3,000 receive free shipping within the same door style.
06 of 06
$3,940.40 (The RTA Store)
The RTA Store does not have B24B, but it does have a similar product called Shaker Honey. Ordering 20 units at $197.02 results in a cost of $3,940.40.
Shipping with The RTA Store is not clear. They do not state that they offer free shipping on RTA, only on pre-assembled RTA cabinet orders of $1,499 or greater. Yet when I ran the order through, it calculated that shipping costs were free.