If you work at home, you will want to use more than astrology to make your business successful. To increase profitability, you’ll want to save as much as possible on the equipment you need to conduct your business. Reducing overhead can free capital for marketing to increase revenue from sales or just improve your balance sheet.
This article will consider seven resources available to help you find the best prices on office equipment.
Online Comparison Shopping
Using powerful algorithms, online comparison shopping sites have popped up for a variety of products and services including office equipment. Sites such as PricingCentral.com can direct you to eCommerce stores with the best prices and include researching additional features such as free shipping or local delivery. Comparison shopping is not new, but these online tools save driving around town to find a bargain.
In the past, consolidators of leftover, unsold inventory were not easy to find for those not in the know or well connected in an industry. Now, websites like Overstock.com and ReStockIt.com make it easy to find bargains on everything from office equipment to office supplies to industrial equipment.
Buying up inventory, consolidators offer new products at a fraction of the cost. Of course, you never know what might be available at any given time, so it’s best to check back often for current information. Many consolidators offer a price match guarantee, as the industry is highly competitive, and most still have fair return policies.
Often it’s possible to find suitable equipment for a fraction of the price you would pay if you were to buy it new. Sometimes you might have to travel a little farther to purchase an item you find on Craigslist, but even factoring in the cost of transportation will still yield a bargain.
It’s important on Craigslist to take safety precautions such as dealing with local sellers to avoid scams, but more often than not, good deals can be found.
eBay is an online resource that works well for some people in search of bargains on office equipment. If you enjoy eBay and find it user-friendly, this can be a way to score deals on both new and used office equipment that can truly save you money. Be sure to check merchant ratings to ensure you are buying from a trustworthy seller.
Local Print Ads
Finally, don’t forget to look in old-fashioned print media for bargains on office equipment. Although many people think searching online is the only option these days for finding good deals, actually, the classified ad section of newspapers can sometimes unearth some surprising and promising leads in your hunt for office equipment bargains.
Refurbished from Manufacturers
Buying refurbished equipment from the manufacturer can mean having a product that is almost like new. Often refurbished equipment means a product was simply returned due to duplication and has never actually been used, although the box may have been opened.
Don’t ignore leasing as an economical option when sourcing office equipment. A great feature of leasing is that you’ll have the most current models, and often service is included. Prices are a fraction of a new machine, of course, and you can deduct the costs as an expense, rather than having to capitalize on your tax return.
Good business management requires managing cash flow. Finding best prices on office equipment will help you send more dollars to your bottom line.
Sarah Boisvert is a business writer who has extensive experience in marketing, public relations, and sales. She also covers topics in manufacturing such as 3D Printing and digital fabrication.