My experience in the office furniture industry was primarily in new furniture sales. Although my experience with used office furniture is minimal, I do have some suggestions. In some situations purchasing used furniture can be cost effective.
Let me start by saying that used furniture is a great choice for a home office. Businesses look for matching furniture for several people. If you are shopping for only one office, your choices should be many. This is an opportunity to find high quality furniture at reasonable prices.
It is not difficult to find used office furniture in very good condition if you know where to look. Unless an office furniture dealership stocks used furniture, you won't get the best price from them. One reason is because they want to sell you new furniture and another reason is they are the middle man. So, to get the most for your money, go directly to a company that specializes in used furniture or has a used furniture division.
You can find used chairs, desks, tables, workstations, files, and much more. Start in the area where you live as it's much better to actually see what you are going to buy. Freight and/or delivery charges will be less also.
You might try searching the web, too. There are networks of companies that work together, so don't be afraid to contact several and see what they have to offer.
One thing to remember if you are considering used workstations/cubicles, the delivery and installation charge will probably be the same as for new product. And, if you purchase this furniture while it is still installed, you will also pay for knock down.
All in all, purchasing used office furniture can be a cost-savings endeavor. Unless you are located near a used office furniture company, don't wait until the last minute to start looking. Make a list of what you are shopping for with quantities. If you will accept different styles, paint colors, fabrics, etc. , arrange the information by room or area. Also note any other preferences you have such as sizes of desks or tables, colors, etc. Have this list available to fax or email to the people you contact. This can be a time saving for everyone involved.
About the Author: Janet Vogel, who is retired from the office furniture industry, is now the owner of Homemade Gift Basket Ideas which she created to supplement her retirement income