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How Much Can You Save with Used Office Furniture?

ByDave Thomas, Last Modified
Jun 28, 2012
> Business Basics

We as small business owners, no matter the various industries we work in, all have at least one thing in common: we're keenly aware of our bottom line.  Whether your small business is self-funded or is assisted by a bank loan or line of credit, we all have to be a little stingy with the dollars we spend, particularly when we're getting started. As such, we're always on the lookout for an opportunity to save some money.

One of the best ways to do that when you first start a business is to look into used office furniture. From office cubicles to conference tables, to desks, chairs, and filing cabinets, you can save a large sum of money while still getting high-quality furniture for your space.

Jay Berkowitz of Arnolds Office Furniture tells us why you should consider buying pre-owned office furniture:


Why might a small business owner choose to buy used furniture for their office?

Simple. Small business owners often see a huge savings when buying used office furniture. And, in most cases, you can't tell the difference. It's also in stock and available quickly, as opposed to a long lead time from the factory.

How much money can a small business really save by purchasing used furniture vs. new?

We save our customers, on average, about 70 percent in comparison to the same furniture new. For example, to outfit a small business start-up with 25 employees, it would cost about $150,000 in brand new furniture. At Arnold's, it would cost about $50,000 for the same exact furniture.

What are some misconceptions that people have about using pre-owned furniture for their offices?

The biggest misconception is that the furniture is already worn out and of poor quality. It's also commonly thought that pre-owned furniture won't hold up as well. This could not be further from the truth.

Many people think that buying used furniture is equivalent to buying a used car. It's not. The fact is that furniture has a life expectancy longer than our own, so it will last as long as you need it to -- whether it is used or new. As far as it being worn out ... well, not at Arnold's. We only sell gently-used, pre-owned office furniture, and it looks as close to new as you can get after we deliver.

What's the best way to figure out exactly how much furniture you'll need?

Its simple -- just send us your space plan, and we will do a professional analysis and AutoCAD design for you to see exactly what will fit in the space, while also being mindful that it will fit your budget.

What furniture pieces or office items can small businesses typically find used that they might not have realized?

Everything you can imagine -- from furniture for the lunch room to the board room and everything in between. We are a one-stop shop and pride ourselves in offering the customer a huge line of the highest-quality, pre-owned office furniture and one of the largest selections under one roof.

Did you purchase pre-owned or used furniture for your small business? What kind of savings did you realize? 

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