If you're looking for quality secondhand furniture for your business, Arnolds Office Furniture is a great resource. Jay Berkowitz, the company's Founder and CEO, shares information about buying and selling used office furniture in this exclusive interview.
Saving Money with Used Office Furniture
LoveToKnow (LTK): What are the most important benefits associated with purchasing used office furniture?
Jay Berkowitz (JB): The first benefit that comes to mind for most companies is cost. You can get used office furniture for a fraction of what it costs to buy that same furniture new -- sometimes up to two-thirds off. During a recession, that's something worth considering. And then there's the fact that the used furniture we're talking about isn't exactly curbside pickup. The pre-owned furniture that Arnolds offers is very gently used. Our customers tell us that their employees and clients can't even tell the difference.
(LTK): How much money can new entrepreneurs typically expect to save when purchasing used furniture?
Generally, you can expect to pay about one-third of what you'd spend on brand-new office furniture, although of course that varies depending on what you're looking for and what's available at the time you're buying.
LTK: What type of secondhand office furniture seems to be the most popular?
JB: At Arnolds Office Furniture, our biggest seller is office cubicles. This is probably because office cubicles are incredibly expensive to buy new - a decent cube can cost thousands of dollars, making it one of the biggest expenses for new startups, or companies that are moving offices. If you can get them for a fraction of that price, why not?
Working with Arnolds Office Furniture
LTK: How does Arnolds Office Furniture work with buyers to meet their needs?
JB: We offer a full range of services. We specialize in used furniture, but we also have a selection of new furniture, and we offer office planning and design consultation as required. We provide white-glove delivery service for all our office furniture, where we'll bring the furniture to your office and install it on the spot. The most important thing to us is that you get what you need and save money doing it.
LTK: Does Arnolds purchase used furniture from businesses that are closing or redecorating? How does that work?
JB: Arnolds buys furniture from a range of businesses for a variety of reasons. We've bought out small offices that are closing, moving or redecorating, and we've also bought out entire office buildings. A lot of the time, we buy furniture at auction, but people do contact us directly from time to time to sell used office furniture.
LTK: What can customers expect when working with Arnolds to find secondhand office furniture?
JB: Customers can expect to benefit from our expertise. We've been doing this for 72 years, so we know what your office needs. We help clients figure out exactly which furniture to buy and how to get the best deal. And then our delivery staff will make sure that everything gets to you in showroom condition.
LTK: What geographic area does Arnolds serve?
JB: We buy and ship all over the world, but we also have a 100,000 square foot showroom for people who are located near our headquarters in Bridgeport, Pennylvania, or who like to pick out their furniture in person.
Final Advice for Used Office Furniture Buyers
LTK: What tips do you have for furniture buyers who are looking for great deals on secondhand furniture?
JB: First and foremost, deal with a reputable company. Second, remember that quality counts. One of the great advantages to buying used is that you can afford to get higher-end furnishings from brands you trust, brands that have a reputation to uphold and won't make furniture that falls apart in the middle of your board meeting. And lastly, make sure it's comfortable. Presentation counts for a lot, but at the end of the day, your workers need to be able to get things done.
Thanks to Jay Berkowitz
LoveToKnow would like to thank Jay Berkowitz for sharing his expertise about used office furniture and wishes him continued success in the used office furniture market. For more information about the company, call 866-836-9824.