Posted by Administrator on 8/4/2010 to Competitive Edge Product Reviews
What is the difference between Flash Furniture's and National Public Seating's Folding Seminar Tables?I just had a customer call a moment ago saying that they found a cheaper seminar table online at a competitor's site and wanted to know if I knew anything of the quality of those folding seminar tables. The model is question was model DAD-YCZ-180-GW-GG.The customer was comparing it to our Bt1872 folding seminar tables.On the surface, everything looks to be about the same for about $30 cheaper. However, a closer examination showed some key differences that future customers ought to consider.
Folding Hinge Design on the Seminar Folding Table Frame:The first thing that will stick out to the careful investigator is that the Flash Furniture model uses a single folding hinge to support the frame and table top. The singe hinge is very flimsy; and, the likelihood of a table collapsing is increased with just one hinge to support. The National Public Seating model, on the other hand, uses a double-hinge support. The hinge on the NPS model also does not merely fold up at will; it also uses a push pin to keep the frame from folding up when you do want it fold up.
Weight Capacity of the Folding Seminar Tables:The issue of weight capacity is a little more difficult to ascertain. Our competitor's website showed two different numbers: 220 lbs. and 299 lbs. When I went to the manufacturer's website, they did not have any additional information. So, I will assume the higher number is correct for argument's sake. Even at this higher number, the weight capacity does not really compare to the BT1872's 700 lbs. capacity. While most uses probably will not require the full utilization of all 700 lbs., this is pretty heavy (pardon the pun) evidence of the lower quality of the Flash Furniture model. Finally, there are several other points of comparison that require a little bit of speculation because of the dearth of available information.
Other possible differences between these Seminar Folding Tables:These final points I will make are speculative - once again because of the dearth of information - but will have good reason for stating them as differences. First off is the warranty. National Public Seating warranties our tables for 5 years. Our competitor does not show any warranty on the Flash Furniture model, though I am pretty sure they have some sort of guarantee. When I saw the lack of warranty information, I went to Flash Furniture's website again and found this as their stated warranty for their products:
- "Most of our chairs have a 2 year warranty for parts. If a replacement part is needed, simply fax in your parts request, and your part will usually be shipped within 24 hours. "