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If you need to buy office equipment, one fear is how expensive it can be. Whether you need electronics (computers, printers, copiers) or furniture (desks, chairs, cabinets), purchasing used office equipment can be a great way to save money and salvage a budget.
Many warehouse stores provide access to used office furniture, and you may have one of these office supply warehouses in your town. Just because they are a chain company does not necessarily mean they will have good deals. Be sure to call your local office supply warehouse and inquire about what types of used office equipment they actually offer. Ask for any current or upcoming discounts.
Although Ikea sells new furniture, they offer returned or damaged new furniture at lower rates. Sometimes the damage is so small it's worth the low price and new piece of office furniture. Usually these items will be at the back of the store in a separate section.
Checking Craigslist.com is a great way to find deals on electronics and furniture, where bartering is extremely common. Also, check for yard/garage sales on the weekends, and participate in bids on Ebay.com to find more of a selection at lower costs.
There are also many warehouses that sell online, and online auction sites can also be a good way to find the supplies. However, if you buy online, you will want to be aware of freight or shipping costs that you may have to pay. If the shipping is too high, you could defeat the whole purpose of saving money.
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