GT Writing Task 1: Sample 32 - Shopping centre has cheap second-hand furniture

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have just rented an unfurnished flat and a friend has told you that the Opportunity Shop in the shopping centre has cheap second-hand furniture.

Write to the shop owner describing what you need and asking whether they have these items and what they cost.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir or Madam


Model Answer 1:  

Dear Sir or Madam,

I have just arrived from overseas and purchased a flat which needs some furniture. A friend has recommended me your store and told that you sell budget-friendly second-hand furniture and I am writing to inquire about a few of them that I intend to purchase.

Regarding my intention to purchase furniture, I would like a single bed, a kitchen table, four chairs, a cupboard for clothes, a bookcase and a wooden cabinet. If you sell home appliances, I would like a microwave oven, a television set and a rice cooker. The furniture must be in good condition and the electronic goods must be branded products with at least six-months' valid warranty remaining.

I would really appreciate if you could inform me of the availability of those items along with their prices and details. I hope you can offer a good bargain as I am looking for something cheap. If you do not supply electrical goods, can you recommend another shop which does? Also, could you let me know when can I come and inspect the items in person?

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours faithfully,

Garcia Hall


Model Answer 2:  

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing this letter to inquire about the availability of some furniture I wish to purchase. A friend recommended me your store for purchasing inexpensive second-hand furniture which happens to be in the shopping centre in the Blue Bird square. I have recently purchased a flat and need some furniture.

In this context, I would like to know the cost of certain items which I require for my unfurnished apartment. I would appreciate a quotation for a pair of sofa set with two side tables, a dining table comprising of eight chairs, a centre table and items required in the bedroom like the king size bed, a dressing table and one wooden almirah of not more than seven feet height.

Please send me the best possible price which you can offer for those items. Apart from this, you must categorically mention any other cost that might incur from the purchase including the transportation cost and VAT.

I have also been informed by my friend that you offer a cash discount for purchase over $500. In this respect, I would further like to inform you that I will pay the total amount in one go and purchase items more than 500 dollar's worth. So I am expecting a discount.

In anticipation of an early reply.

Yours faithfully,

Neeraj Mehra

[ Written by - Neeraj Mehra ]

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+2 # Paul 2017-03-24 07:48
Model Answer 2 is not a good answer. The tone is even up to the point of being impolite. The long sentences also make it difficult to read.
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