Attorneys have been laid off from large law firms and have to set up a New Office – Go Used!
by Andrew Spriegel
December 9, 2010
Being an attorney and having attorney friends that have been laid off, I see those friends quickly rent cheap office space, rush out to Office Max and buy inexpensive furniture that does not exactly ‘WOW” a prospective client.
I am suggesting you go USED! One of the large law firms I used to work for bought their furniture from Office Furniture Warehouse at 4100 Payne Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103, 216.431.2700, 216.431.7778. This is not a paid advertisement or endorsement. There are used furniture stores all over, I just happen to like the team at their store, the great furniture at the store and I have purchased a lot of it. I would never consider buying new office furniture for my office or home again.
Here is one of my latest purchases, I wanted additional two 5 drawer Steelcase (Great Product) lateral files. The files look brand new and they were approximately $379 each plus $75 deliver or about $833 + a $20 tip for the deliver guys, so a total of $853 TOTAL. The files look brand new, have the keys for locking the files and they shipped them with an abundance of dividers! By the way the drivers are great and very careful in moving the furniture. Below is a picture taken off of Office Furniture Warehouse website.
Just for comparison I called a local company (Canton Ohio) for a quote on new Steelcase in “case” I needed more lateral files in the future. I try to shop locally as much as possible or in Ohio.
Here are drawings/informational sheets and the attached quote for the new lateral files:
So here is the actual quote from a company located 7 miles from my home in Jackson Township, $2586.25. So I SAVED $2586.25 – $853 = $1753.25. So to all my clients and future clients, let me say I am not cheap, I am saving you money by reducing overhead and going green (the cabinets look better in my office than a landfill) so that I can pass that savings along to you. So if you read this post please ignore the tiny, almost imperceptible ding on the lower cabinet door on the right side cabinet. I interviewed Allen Ferber, the owner of Office Furniture Warehouse.
Question: Where do you get your furniture?
We get out furniture from mostly very large companies who are either moving and/or purchasing new furniture. More than half comes from the east coast, about a quarter comes from places like Chicago and Detroit, and that balance from metro Cleveland.
Question: How do you advertise and promote you business?
People find us in many ways. We advertise on Television, the internet, various print media – business magazines and newspapers. We also get a lot of our business by word of mouth.
Question: How far do you ship furniture?
We ship mostly in the eastern half of the United States, however 80% of our business is within a hundred miles of Cleveland.
Question: What type of furniture do you sell?
We sell mostly high end office furniture and some nice home office furniture, with very little lower end furniture.
Question: Where are you located?
Our business is located about 3 minutes from downtown Cleveland.
Question: Where can I see you furniture?
A cross section of the furniture is put on our website. – we encourage people to call with their needs and we can within a few minutes e-mail pictures of various items that may be of interest.
Question: Can I get get a discount on my next purchase for writing this article?
Andrew, I have a call coming in on another line, I have to go, let me call you next week.
Yo Allen I am still waiting for your call! Either way you have saved me a lot of money!
Take Away: So if you are looking to opening a new firm or business I recommend buying used. In addition, if you are a new client think of the money I am saving you! Not to mention the great work/services we perform.
Office Furniture Warehouse at 4100 Payne Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103, 216.431.2700, 216.431.7778.