Who Buys Used Office Furniture?

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So you've signed on the dotted line, leasing that office space your business needs. One of the first things you must do next is furnish the office for your employees. They need desks and chairs and phones and everything else they'll use in the course of doing their jobs. Office supply companies sell brand new, top-of-the-line furniture, and it comes at a commensurate cost. People who buy used office furniture are bargain seekers who want to provide their employees with comfortable work spaces at a reasonable cost.

Temp Time

  • Sales at clothing and toy companies reach their peak during the holiday season. An office manager may need to hire additional accountants, for example, to keep up with the additional numbers. People who need to provide temporary/seasonal workers with places to sit may be particularly interested in used office furniture, as those chairs will need to be removed in January, anyway.

Bargain Hunters

  • Unless a piece of furniture looks particularly ugly or seems to be falling apart, an employee probably won't mind being assigned to use it. Patrice Holman, writing for Recession Global, points out that you should select furniture for its comfort, rather than its appearance. Coupled with the reduced cost, both employee and employer are happy.

Startups

  • If the ink on your documents of incorporation is still drying, purchasing used office furniture is practically a necessity. Fresh entrepreneurs who are just starting their businesses frequently purchase used office furniture from one of the many vendors that can be found on the Internet or around town.

Keeping Up Appearances

  • People who buy used office furniture are demonstrating to their venture capitalists that they care about keeping costs down. When taking visitors on a tour of the office, it can truly help to brag about how little you paid to put your work space together. If you made a particularly shrewd deal on, say, cubicle walls, revealing this might convince others that you are a good businessperson.

Environmental Concerns

  • Office furniture, as you can imagine, contains pieces from lots of different resources. Purchasing used office furniture, as the Environmental Blog points out, means that one fewer tree must be cut down, less petroleum must be turned into plastic, and so on. Further, preventing perfectly good furniture from being thrown away keeps landfills from filling up. Letting your employees know they are using used furniture also spreads the attitude that your company is eco-friendly.

References

  • Photo Credit "Developer workstation" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Wyscan (Robert Simmons) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
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