Used Office Furniture - A guide
Tips on finding used furniture
If you are looking for the best bargains around, then used office furniture could be for you.
The first rule when purchasing second hand is to check out the reputation of the person or company that you are purchasing from. Goods advertised online, especially through online auction sites will often provide previous customer satisfaction information, so you’ll have a better idea of whether the seller is trustworthy or not.
So, what do you need to look for when buying used office furniture?
The most important thing is that the desk meets your requirements. If it is fully functional and all hinges and drawers are in good working order but the desk top has scratching all over it, don’t be too worried. When you have your phone and computer and various documents in place, a few scratches will probably become invisible. However these superficial scratches may mean you get an even better bargain so make sure you bring the seller’s attention to such imperfections.
If you are buying the item ‘unseen’, in other words you are basing your purchasing decision upon the vendor’s description without seeing the furniture for yourself, then ask them to evaluate the condition of the goods by giving it a mark out of ten. This ‘grading’ system will give you a good idea of what to expect and can help you to avoid items that are in a really bad state of disrepair.
Some so called ‘used’ office furniture may only have been bought from new a few months earlier, so do not always dismiss the term ‘second hand’ as equaling worn, antique tables and chairs.
Other Places to Check Out!
1. Rental Companies continually update their wares – so try and catch a bargain from clearance centers run by rental chains such as Brook Furniture Rental (www.bfr.com).
2. Showrooms! – did you know that it is possible to get discounts of up to 50% on pieces that were originally set aside for top designers. No well get down to one of the following:
Seattle Design Center - www.seattledesigncenter.com
For L.A. Mart, Chicago’s Merchandise Mart - and other consumer events and Trade Shows please check out www.merchandisemart.com
3. Government Auctions – Legit and by the book. For a small fee (just under $40 p.a.) you can be filled in on all auctions that are taking place and find some killer deals - www.government-auctions-guide.com
If buying over the internet, always use sites that provide a photograph of the product as you will not then be relying solely on their grading of the item. Similarly if you can find an offer that provides a money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with the furniture, then this is a useful tool in case of disappointment or misinformation on the part of the seller.