Used Office Furniture Sales Kalamazoo MI
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Used Office Furniture Sales
Aside from tips on used office furniture selling, one of the most sought after information online is how to maximize used furniture sales. Apparently, there are as many offices trying to sell their old things as well as people looking to buy used old furniture. There are many venues for you to find dealers who are selling Furniture this cheap, and websites that provide office furniture sales information. But what you really need right now are realistic tips on how to make the most out of furniture sales.
Why go for used items?
A lot of people wonder why one should look for old office furniture instead of just buying new ones. You can get different answers for this question, but the most honest answer will be this: these used office furniture are cheaper than brand new ones. If you know an upholsterer who can fix the surface of an old office couch, you can save up to 50% of the total expenses compared to purchasing a brand new one. If you’re only starting out as a business, this is a big thing. Saving $100 to $200 on furniture expenses can do a lot for you in the long run, so you should really think twice about buying brand new items even if you have a lot of capital to burn.
Where to find used office furniture sales
You can find ads about these sales all over the internet and on offline print media. This includes the classified ads of your newspapers and frugal shoppers’ guides that specialize on these used furniture sales in particular. Some offices contact warehouses that deal with second hand or used things in general, and it will also do you good to check the yellow pages for these stores. Most of them can give you very good deals not only on used office furniture but also computers and other office appliances. Some of these have only been used for a year, but because it’s protocol for big companies to update everything on a yearly basis, smaller companies like you can take advantage of the sales.
Things you should be looking for
Finally, you’re on the sale. Now what exactly should you be looking for? After traveling for about two hours, you’re disappointed. The surfaces of the tables are scratched, and there’s nothing in the lot that looks decent as it is. Fret not, because you’re looking at the goods from the wrong angle. Of course, they’re less than perfect. They’ve been used, after all. These small imperfections are to be expected. What you should be looking for should be the possibilities after repair. For example, if you’re looking at a couch, don’t look for one that has a perfect surface. Look at the frame instead. It’s very easy to repair a tear in the upholstery, but is the frame strong? As long as the frame of the furniture is as good as new, you can always repair it so it can look brand new.
Can you still haggle?
In used furniture trades, you can always haggle, as long as you do it politely. You don’t want to offend the seller but you don’t want to appear overly eager about purchasing the product either. Start by pointing out the small imperfections of the furniture first. Say, “Oh, the frame’s strong, but I’ve noticed a big coffee stain in the middle of the couch. I’ll probably have to spend so and so to have the couch reupholstered. I’m not sure if I have enough budget for it. Do you think you can bring down the price a bit more?” Then smile.
Sometimes, when you point out both the good and the bad aspects of the furniture, you can make the seller see that you’re not exactly naïve enough to fall for just any price. It will also make the seller realize that you’re a serious buyer, because you’ve already considered the repair costs before negotiating. Try to look professional and knowledgeable when you’re haggling for a good price, and you should be able to bring down the tag price by a notch or two.
When should you haggle?
You can probably inquire about the last price of an item as you’re canvassing, but don’t haggle too much if you’re not sure about buying the item first. If you’re looking at items from two or three dealers, you can probably make inquiries about the furniture’s state online, and then inquire about the price. When you visit each one of the dealers and look at the actual price, just ask for the last price, then say you’ll think about it. Go back to the dealer who has the product you think is easiest to repair, and then haggle seriously. Things can get pretty heated up when you’re bringing the price of a used furniture down, and you can end up annoying the seller if you’ve haggled for half the price and then just walk away.
Double check your repair expenses
If you’re not very good at shopping for used items, you should probably shop with someone who actually knows how much these repairs cost. A friend who had his/her couch reupholstered recently, or had old tables repaired, should be a very helpful consultant. When you go shopping for old furniture, talk to your companion first and try to estimate how much the repairs should cost. Knock on the wood if you think it looks old enough to house attract termites, and look at the frame of tables and cabinets to check if they’re still stable.
If the furniture is cheap but it seems like you’ll be spending too much for repairs, just walk away and don’t even bother negotiating with the seller. Remember, dealers of old furniture are also trained to make you believe that certain repairs are possible even if they’re not. Try to look at the goods from a very objective angle, and don’t purchase anything which you’ll be throwing out as well in a month or two. Purchase only repairable furnishing that can still last you for at least one year. Don’t purchase anything that has already been too damaged to begin with.