While buying used office furniture can allow you to save money and stretch a limited budget, it’s critical to ensure that a piece meets your needs before you buy it. Otherwise, you risk spending more money in the long run by replacing poor purchases with other used items. Ask these 4 questions before you buy.
- Why are you getting rid of this item? Asking this direct question may uncover some useful data. For example, a company may be downsizing their office space and selling used file cabinets or they may be getting rid of the item because of a broken lock. When you know the full story, you can decide if it’s a good investment in the long run.
- What signs of wear exist? It’s critical that you know the wear and tear present on an item. If a supply closet storage unit has scratches, you may not care. Yet if a coffee table has scratches, you risk paying more in the long run to refinish it.
- What is the make and model number? When you know this, you can look up online reviews of the item and the original price. Performing independent research allows you to form your own opinion of an item and can help you determine a fair price.
- Can I sit on it? Don’t be afraid to ask whether you can sit on an office chair or sofa. For maximum productivity and ergonomic comfort, these items should be comfortable without being too soft or too firm. Sitting on it allows you to test the piece of furniture before you buy it.
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