Office Furniture: Should You Buy New or Used?

01 Oct 2019
Office Furniture: Should You Buy New or Used?

If you are thinking of renovating your office space and would like to buy furniture, then you may be wondering if buying used or new is best. However, there is no clear answer, as which option is best will genuinely depend on what your individual or unique needs are as a business owner. For instance, if you are on a tight budget, then perhaps going with used office furniture would be the better fit, at least for the foreseeable future.

However, if you own a high-end boutique, then your clients may have high standards that you want to meet. In such a scenario, perhaps opting for new furniture items would be the better fit. The good news is most office liquidation companies in Toronto will offer both used and new office furniture. Your unique needs will be meet regardless of which option you prefer.

Here, our goal is to discuss office furniture in order to help you determine whether buying new or used would be best for you.

When to Go With Used Furniture

Some of the lesser issues that you may come across when shopping for used furniture include minor cosmetic defects in the furniture. In addition to this, the selection at your disposal will be limited. You will also usually have no warranty on the pieces that you buy if you take the pre-owned route. Still, there are some great benefits to buying used furniture.

For example, if you have a small budget, then buying used may be your only option. The resale value on used furniture may be higher than the resale value of new furniture, especially if you plan on re-selling your pre-owned furniture within the next five years.

If you plan on moving to another office in the not too distant future or are thinking of expanding your business, then perhaps going with a short-term solution would be best. In other words, if you are currently working at an impermanent office locale, then buying used would be the better option.

Besides, if you are an environmentally conscious entrepreneur, then buying used will reduce your carbon footprint. Buying used will ensure that no new chemical agents will be produced during the production phase and no new materials will be extracted or stripped from it in order to manufacture new furniture or appliances.

Another reason to go the used route is if you require the furniture to arrive as soon as possible. The delivery time for used pieces will be much shorter than for new items. The goods will only need to be transported from the store that you bought them from to your office. You will not have to deal with third party transport times, nor will you need to concern yourself with manufacturing waiting times, which can take weeks in some cases.

When to Go With New Furniture

If you decide to go with new furniture, then your startup costs will be higher. The time to deliver new goods will be much longer than the time required to deliver used goods. The time to assemble new pieces of furniture will further extend the amount of time you will need to wait for the parts to arrive. Still, despite the significantly increased costs and possibly lengthy delivery and assembly times, there are definitely many reasons to go with new overused furniture items.

If you have a particular style or look that you wish to incorporate into your office’s decor or ambiance, then going with new furniture may be the best solution. This is because the number of options and styles at your disposal will be far greater if you are looking for a specific design aesthetic.

If you want a sophisticated, sleek and modern look for your office space, then new may be best. You could create charging stations at each desk if you own a tech company, along with ergonomically designed furniture if your employees put in a lot of extra hours. In sum, going with new office furniture will allow you to obtain all of the bells and whistles that you may have trouble finding in second-hand pieces.

Another reason to go with new furniture is if you want your furniture to last as long as possible. New future will, generally speaking, last far longer than used pieces, which have likely undergone some wear and tear over the years — as such, going new will serve as the long-lasting investment.

Going new will also ensure that you will be protected with manufacturer warranties if your furniture is damaged or breaks down over time. Thus, you can rest easy in knowing that you will be covered in the event of any issues. And, you will not be required to get new furniture, as the manufacturer will either fix or repair it for you.

Finally, going with new furniture would be advisable if you want it to be in pristine condition from the moment it arrives at your office. That is, if scuffed or scratched furniture is a major no-no for you, then your only option may be to buy new items that are damage free.

Michaels Global Trading

If you would like to buy or sell used and new office furniture in Toronto, then please visit our website or give us a call at 888-471-5066 for a free, no obligation quote and consultation. Michaels Global Trading is a fully bonded and insured liquidation services company, specializing in office furniture. We guarantee a high level of transparency through every step, as well as concise, timely, and clear communication.

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