Remember last week when you guys voted on console tables for my office? I bought one, and it wasn’t even one of the six I had asked you to vote on:
Here is is at for $1020 at almost every store (here, here, here) and a bit less here, and substantially less at Wayfair for trade members (here). I almost always end up buying from Wayfair because it is almost always the best price (and customer service is incredible).
But I didn’t really want to paint the legs. So I decided to take my own advice and do a Google Image Search on the one with gold legs and see if I could find it for less, or at least something similar for less. And it worked. I got it for $510 – exactly half of the Joss & Main price.
It. Is. Invaluable.
I save thousands and thousands of dollars a year on everything from furniture to shampoo (true story – I decided I needed an $80 shampoo and got it for $30).
If you are pretty familiar with how to do this, skip to Step 8, where I have my tips for getting the best results.
Ok, here we go….
Ok, lots to show you from the results I got.
A. The Search Bar
The bar at the top is telling us that Google interpreted this as a “black glass console table.” I did not type this is – it’s what Google found. Sometimes it makes sense, sometimes it doesn’t. Here, it came up with that because this table is offered in black, too, and that is the primary image on most sites, so Google actually kinda-sorta got it right (i.e,. the results will show the table I want in both colors):
B. Click Relevant Links
The blue links are pages that Google thinks have this image.
If they are blog posts, they are not usually as helpful as if they are stores. So I click the stores. In this case, Polyvore, Wayfair, Zinc Door, etc. pop up and take me right to the table when I click them, so I can compare prices. There are a few non-relevant results here, (Fads, Burke, etc.) so just ignore them, and click the ones that look like stores selling the table:
C. Searching Deeper
If you want to take it further, you can. I call it “deep searching” and it is really where you get the best deals. Up to this point, it’s pretty much like doing a word search, like “white console table”- you’ll get the same results. It’s these next steps that usually pay off more.
Method 1: Click the “Visually Similar Images” that pops up every time you search an image. Here, none of them are the same, but when you click in you never know what you’ll get:
When I click it, sure enough some come up that I am interested in. This is REALLY useful for when you know you’re item is discontinued, you know you can’t afford it, etc., because it shows you SIMILAR products from all over the internet. I find a TON of products this way, and honestly don’t know what I would do without it. I wouldn’t click all the results, but there are a few that I would (and did):
After exploring those, I then do this next and final search:
Method 2 to “Deep Search”:
Go back to your initial Google Image Search “Results” page. Remember how it said “Black Glass Console Table”? CHANGE that text to something more accurate, like “White and gold console table” and hit search with the image still uploaded.
Here is what I get. MUCH better:
Then do the same as before – click the relevant links, click the visually similar images.
I put about 10 minutes into this, and found my exact table here:
Here is another one I did today. I like this rug, but what if I only have a photo and don’t know the name of it? I can go to Google and search “teal rug,” and after about a week, I might find it. But no guarantee!
And Another Example
I’m really excited about this one. I saw this chair on Overstock last night:
But I found it here for a lot less:
And if you want to help me, pin this image for me. You all know how rotten Pinterest has been lately, and I could use the help getting things seen…
See you tomorrow