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7 Reasons to Buy Used Office Merchandise

Benefits of buying used office merchandise

As a business owner or finance manager, you’re constantly looking for ways to cut costs and save money without necessarily making the workplace uncomfortable or dull for your employees and visitors. In an effort to strike a balance between maximizing office space and giving employees their privacy, you need to decide between providing individual desks in an open space or adding modular workstations or cubicles that provide pleasant and productive work areas.

Next, you should decide whether to buy new or used office merchandise. Used items are not necessarily worn out and deteriorated. Generally, the age and condition of available items can vary widely. In fact, people often overlook the fact that many used items are usually as good as new. Of course, it is not unusual to find a few signs of use and perhaps neglect. But sellers and brokers are usually very particular when choosing the products to resell, as the state of each item needs to be evaluated from both the seller’s and prospective buyer’s perspective.

Moreover, the wide variety of items available allow you to choose the quality of products you want depending on your budget. Those that are as good as new will likely be in the higher end, and will not only give you greater value for your money, but will also allow you to give your new office as fresh and stylish of a look as possible.

Here are some other benefits of buying used office cubicles and furniture:

  1. Quality Branded Merchandise

The process for purchasing used items is more or less the same for all products, from vehicles to machinery to furniture. You can find a cheap, newish car, but its warranty will probably be limited, plus its resale value will be much lower. On the other hand, you can purchase a high end new car, but at a very expensive price. Generally, once you purchase a used item, its resale value depends on, among other factors, how well you care for it while it is in your possession.

When looking to purchase used office merchandise, it is possible to find quality, gently used items that are equipped with the newest amenities and can retain their value with proper care. In fact, there are some large corporations with big budgets that replace their high quality office furniture and equipment every couple of years before they get worn out and need replacement.

This means that you can find relatively new, top-notch furniture from some of the leading brand names in the industry, such as Allsteel, Haworth, Herman Miller, Knoll, and Steelcase at just a fraction of their original price. You can also get high quality merchandise from companies that are planning to relocate without taking their office furniture and equipment with them, or those that need to liquidate because they’re shutting down their operations.

Regardless of the reason, the right broker can help you find beautiful, high quality desks, seating, cubicles, and other used office merchandise at a fraction of the cost of new ones.

  1. Cost Effective

One of the challenges of purchasing used office merchandise is the ability to find the exact quantity of items you’re looking for. But, if enough used cubicles, office chairs, desks, and other merchandise are available to meet your requirements, then purchasing them can save you between 30 and 70% of the cost of comparable new items. Fortunately, most used items dealers maintain an extensive inventory in their warehouse.

Office furniture, especially cubicle systems, often look new for several years. And even if they don’t, you can always choose to have them refurbished with new work surfaces and fabric.

  1. Customization at a bargain

If you opt for refurbished used office furniture, you will likely pay between 60 and 80% of the cost of new items. Refurbishing allows you to choose the colours, designs, shape, and patterns of your furniture, work surfaces and fabric. The amount of customization depends on your budget, since the more customization you do, the greater the cost.

  1. Wide Variety

The second hand market is very big, with numerous items that can be used as they are, changed, reconfigured, or blended with some new items to meet the specific needs of your office. You can find identical products or varying designs for experimental purposes. You can also purchase all your items from a single seller, or mix and match from different businesses to suit your needs.

  1. Prompt Service

When purchasing used items, you simply select what you want, negotiate the price, and have it transported to your premises. You don’t have to wait for weeks or months for a manufacturer to produce or ship new merchandise to your area, and still charge you a lot of money for getting the products delivered early.

  1. Eco-Friendly – Keep Waste Off the Landfills

Many businesses today promote themselves as green, using recycled materials, and emphasizing eco-friendly practises. Purchasing used office merchandise gives your company a basis for joining the green movement. There will be no additional trees cut down, and no transport or energy for processing raw materials to produce new furniture or equipment. Your only carbon footprint will be in transporting the used merchandise to your premises.

  1. Room for Experimenting

Purchasing used cubicles can allow you to experiment with workstations that provide privacy and allow for personal initiative and interaction among employees compared to open spaces. Considering that cubicles have been available for several decades now, their original patents have expired. This means that many manufacturers can now produce quality and functional cubicles that are just as good as the top name brands.

Getting these cheaper cubicle models in the second hand market, and creating a good plan for your workspace, with smart selection and creative design, can allow you to come up with an amazing cubicle system that is affordable, highly functional, and aesthetic. Keep in mind that cubicles are extremely adaptable. Thus, the end result largely depends on your creativity, giving you a completely customized office at a bargain.

When it comes to purchasing used office furniture cubicles, and other items in general, it is recommended that you seek the services of a furniture consultant and space planner to capitalize on your budget. With their expertise, these professionals can advise you on the best way to mix new and used or refurbished items/components, and design your office space so it looks new, modern, and cutting-edge.

For more information, please call Michaels Global Trading at 1-888-902-7531 or contact us here.

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Marlon McPherson is the CEO of Michaels Global Trading, certified appraiser and liquidator in Toronto, Ontario. With over 7 years of experience in the industry, he has worked with companies such as Druxy’s Deli, Blackberry and Thomson Reuters. Marlon is very involved in the day to day operations of MGT from marketing messages to sales meetings. When not working Marlon enjoys spending his time wine tasting, travelling and cooking at home with his family.

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