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There is something that just blows my mind here and I hope someone can shed some light on it. I am currently trying to set up an apartment in east of France and for the life of me, I can't understand why everything takes so long to get? I mean... WEEKS!!! We ordered a bed and its going to take until the end of July to receive it.

When shopping online AND in brick and mortar stores, the general time frame for these items is 5 to 6 weeks. Does France have ZERO stock of everything they sell? Is it all dropped shipped from China? This is insane and I wonder how people set up places for the first time. I can't believe that everybody anticipates it will take weeks to get couches, beds, etc.

Appliances seem to be ok but those are taking a couple of weeks to get as well.

I guess I am just use to the USA where you get things the next day or a couple of days later. I mean, are there no warehouses with things in them here? By the way, same goes for cars, takes around 9 months to get a car if you want one that isn't on the lot.

What gives?
 

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They tend not to hold stock of furniture (with the exception of eg. Ikea) - reasons include cost of storage space and stock on hand. They also don't do JIT forward ordering. However, French furniture stores usually sell off their floor stock during the sales.

You can get most appliances straight away (even same day) from the grandes surfaces and some specialist electrical stores.

Time for cars depends - not usually 9 months though (unless perhaps you are purchasing an uncommon vehicle manufactured in a non-EU country)!
 

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It's not just France. I went through pretty much the same thing when I moved to Germany.

A couple factors, in addition to the business practices Everhopeful mentioned:
Europe has far less physical space than in the US and the cost of space is higher, so it's much more expensive to maintain large warehousing facilities for "instant delivery" here.
In the case of furniture, I suspect more of it is produced to order than in the US - or rather "customized" from partially made up products that then has to be upholstered or finished to order. Relates to the space issue. (Less to customize on major appliances, I suppose.)

Cars tend to take 6 to (perhaps) 9 weeks, not months. But again, it depends on a number of factors - including factory closings. Many factories take a collective summer vacation when the whole place shuts down rather than trying to schedule around individual holiday preferences.

But now that you're over here, you just get used to the idea that everything takes a bit more time than back in the US. Believe it or not, at some point, you'll even start to appreciate that little difference. (I know I do.)
Cheers,
Bev
 

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It's not just France. I went through pretty much the same thing when I moved to Germany.

A couple factors, in addition to the business practices Everhopeful mentioned:
Europe has far less physical space than in the US and the cost of space is higher, so it's much more expensive to maintain large warehousing facilities for "instant delivery" here.
In the case of furniture, I suspect more of it is produced to order than in the US - or rather "customized" from partially made up products that then has to be upholstered or finished to order. Relates to the space issue. (Less to customize on major appliances, I suppose.)

Cars tend to take 6 to (perhaps) 9 weeks, not months. But again, it depends on a number of factors - including factory closings. Many factories take a collective summer vacation when the whole place shuts down rather than trying to schedule around individual holiday preferences.

But now that you're over here, you just get used to the idea that everything takes a bit more time than back in the US. Believe it or not, at some point, you'll even start to appreciate that little difference. (I know I do.)
Cheers,
Bev
 
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