I saw some big discounts on some home furnishing items today and I actually did needed some of them. However, I am not exactly savvy about them either and so I usually rely on all the marketing literatures that are presented to us about it. However, the other method I used in this case was I tried to go to a community of people that would definitely be enthusiastic about this kind of stuff and seeing if they would actually buy it or not.
Sure enough in this case they were and the important thing was they were mentioning all these industry specific lingos that kind of gave me an idea on what to research to make sure that it was actually a good product. I did ended up buying it after doing my research. Kind of shows that sometimes all you need to do is find the people passionate about the items instead of trying to figure everything out yourself.