A common assumption from most buyers is that one will always spend less money when purchasing used office furniture. Sometimes this is true, but more often than not, it isn’t. There are many variables to consider if you are considering used office furniture for your space:
1) Used office furniture is just that…..used. Some will look better than others, but it WILL look used. There is really no such thing as new looking used office furniture. This is most apparent in upholstered goods like chairs and sofas which show wear and staining more so than desks.
2) Color selection is very limited. If you have a certain color palette in mind, used will prove to be very frustrating, as what you see is what you get. There are no color choices in used furniture.
3) Size and configuration limitations. Same deal as color….what you see is what you get. If you need left return desks, I may only have right return desks at the moment. If you want a 10ft conference table, I may only have 8 ft and 12 ft at the moment.
4) Hodgepodge. Getting 3-4 or more of anything in used that is the same style and color is a real challenge. When we do get in a large grouping that all matches, it will usually bring a higher price because it is in high demand.
5) Adding to it later. If you expand and want to outfit more space later, the odds are slim to none that you will be able to match up to your original used purchase.
6) Contemporary look. If you want your look to be current with a today’s look, then used may not work. Keep in mind that used is what the look was in years past. The open and collaborative look with low panels that allow for more open spaces is very hot now, but it has not translated to the used market yet. Used always is yesterdays look, and always will be.
7) Pricing. Used at most dealers is approximately half of what the item would have sold for new….so the higher end the item was new , the more it will usually cost used. Most dealers do not keep low end furniture in used inventory, it rarely holds up well the second time around. I have access to new product that often prices out for less dollars than some used furniture, and is still contract grade quality. If spending the least dollars is your objective, then let me show you how new can maybe be more cost effective than new.