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your not going to find real leather from any brand for cheaper than the fake leather from the Kmart offerings. One member said the finish of the faux leather on the display units was far from acceptable so I would question the durability in this case...Vinyl is prone to cracking and peeling, light/sun fading, etc so one cannot expect a top notch product for $200 per chair. Spend a bit more and you can much more value for your money. A fabric or microfiber is better than most of the faux vinyl leathers, some faux leathers are good but they are closer to the cost of real leather.
For example the Coaster Matinees also mentioned in this thread are available in both microfiber and vinyl and the microfiber is a few dollars more per chair than the vinyl. That's how cheap this stuff can be. Now i'm not going to condone these Kmart chairs because I havent seen them in person but i would hate to see any member spend $200 a chair and get 1-2 years out of it (if that) before the finish begins to deteriorate. I'm sure those display models have been up for a few months max and with the bright lights are appearing to deteriorate already...You get what you pay for, i'm sure the chairs look and feel great when new so if that's what makes members happy then that's all that matters. For other members, spend a little more, get real leather or microfiber and your dollars actually stretch much further because the chairs will last a long time so members can look at the amount spent per chair times the amount of years of use. That equates to the best deal and best value for one's money...Hopefuly this helps.
Cheaping out is not the way to go, trust me on this. I'm baffled at members spending a grand on a new amplifier, new screen or what have you but they will not spend that thousand or fifteen hundred for 3 chairs which is the most used pieces in the room. Furniture is just as important as anything else. Heck we have had people spend thousands on custom cabinetry (even DIY) and that last and just as important component which is the furniture not have the budget or cheap out on chairs to finish the room properly and be comfortable for years to come. That's where everyone sits, chairs are equally the most used component in the room so this baffles me to this day...and to answer the last few members questions you are not going to find Berkline at $200 or less per chair, much less any other worthwhile brand.
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