Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58
...(once you've found a chair that suits you by trial you can always look online for bargains)
I disagree with that last bit of advice. Using a bricks and mortar store to find what you want, then buying elsewhere online is a shameful practice that is unfair to the store that went to the trouble and considerable expense to display an item so a shopper has the opportunity to physically see and even try out something. It's people doing exactly what you suggested that is driving the bricks and mortars out of business.
In this case, if the OP physically tries out chairs at brick and mortar stores (which, I agree, is the best way to shop for something like that) and finds what he likes and needs at one, then the store deserves to be compensated for the expense of having stocked and displayed the chair.
One legitimate way to possibly save money at a brick and mortar on large ticket items is, after finding what one wants, is to ask to speak with a manager and tell the manager you want to buy an item but would rather pay the online price. Many bricks and mortars will be willing to cut a deal rather than risk losing a sale. In fact, many of them already have price matching policies that often include online prices.