Everyones worst nightmare is to make a large deposit towards a new floor only to find out you have been scammed. This is a rare occurance but believe me, it happens. There was recently (2 weeks ago), a flooring company that was on the verge of closing. They took deposits from several customers, knowing that the store was on the verge of going under. Instead of refunding the customers deposit for these pending orders, the owner decided to pocket the money. It is sad, that people like this really exist. That is just one example of how a consumer can get scammed. So how can i minimize my chance of getting scammed? The answer is PAY YOUR DEPOSIT WITH A CREDIT CARD! If a dealer decides to run with your money, your credit card company will refund the funds and go after the merchant. If you pay with cash or check, it will be almost imposssible to get your money back. Also, try to shop with companies that have “in stock” items, so you can pick up your materials the same day.