Which Look Suits You? Knowing When to Go New, Refurbished or Used


question mark diceYou’ve decided it’s time for a change.

Your company’s identity has taken a turn for the better over the past year, your branding has transformed and you want the inside of your office to reflect the momentum that’s taking place outside its walls.

We specialize in helping you decide how to make that happen. Part of that process is deciding whether you should choose new, refurbished or used office furniture.

Our clients find themselves in all types of situations, including the one we just mentioned. You may be downsizing to a smaller office and want a new palette of furniture colors and styles. Or, you might be upgrading to a bigger office but need to clear some budget space by opting for refurbished or used furniture.

Over the next few minutes, we’re going to explore the advantages and disadvantages of these three types of furniture. In the meantime, head to our website to check out our latest offerings in new, refurbished and used products.

The Advantages and Disadvantages to Buying New Cubiclesnew

In an ideal world, every business would have the means to purchase new furniture when they relocate or when their cubicles, desks and chairs are starting to show their age.

A new fleet of cubicles and furniture punctuates the momentum your company is already feeling. Plus, it gives employees a morale boost. They feel great walking into an office filled with brand new workstations.

Think of this from a new business perspective, too. When you’re trying to attract new clients, you want your office to communicate the professionalism and quality of the services and products you offer.

Our lineup of new cubicles has three different styles: a manager workstation (11’x8’), a standard cubicle (6’x6’) and a call center setup (3’-4’ wide). These three cubicle styles typically cost $2,300, $800 and $650, respectively.

As you can see, an office with dozens or hundreds of employees might find new equipment to be cost-prohibitive. In our opinion, that’s the major disadvantage of buying new.

The Advantages and Disadvantages to Buying Refurbished Cubicles

If an office full of new cubicles doesn’t fit within your budget, the refurbished route is an excellent choice for you. One of the main advantages of going this route is the matter of customization.

Many refurbished furniture providers are able to build your orders on demand, which means you can work with them to create cubicles designed for your specific workspace. Buying used or “as-is” pieces from a supplier or warehouse doesn’t give you this option.

As you can see, the flexibility with refurbished cubicles gives you a nice middle ground between the formidable price of new products and the low-price, low-customization used products. Ultimately, every growing business would prefer to shape their cubical choice around who they are, not the other way around.

For environmentally conscious companies, refurbished furniture also gives you the plus of recycling previously used cubicles rather than purchasing new ones.

The downside to refurbished cubicles is that, depending on the company with which you work, you could be paying a relatively large amount of money for customized projects. In some cases, it may be worth it to buy new instead of paying high prices for refurbished cubicles.

San Diego Cubicles’ refurbished products are repainted, fully upholstered and remanufactured. Our typical pricing is as follows: manager workstation, $1,600; standard, $1,200; call center, $400.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying Used Cubicles

If you’re ready to launch your company and you need the basics to get your office started, used cubicles are a reasonable option for you.

These products typically come without customization options. What you see is what you get. If you’re a thriving company looking for a cost-effective but customizable solution for your office space, refurbished cubicles are your best bet.

You’ll notice that used cubicles are also much more affordable than new or refurbished. Unlike those first two options, you aren’t going to be guaranteed that the products have been repainted, reupholstered or cleaned. However, that doesn’t mean you’re going to be stuck with furnishing that’s seen better days.

Some of our current used options are in excellent condition and from well-respected manufacturers. Expect to pay about 60% – 75% less than you would for a new cubicle. Our current used prices typically fall in the range of $700 for manager workstations, $500 for standard workstations and $275 for call-center workstations.

Check Our Website or Give Us a Call

We’re constantly updating our new, refurbished and used inventory, so stop by our website to get an up-to-date listing of what we’re offering. You can also contact us with any questions you have.


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