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Office Chairs

Office Chairs Support Your Most Important Money Makers:  

Your Employees

Although it may seem daunting, shopping for good, quality office furniture is a must.  A Staples Advantage survey from early 2011 found 86% of office workers reported discomfort from office equipment, and almost 50% said they would be more productive with a more comfortable workspace.

When small business owners purchase office furniture they are doing more than simply stocking workspaces with chairs, desks and files – they are investing in employee productivity.

Companies can create healthier and more productive workspaces – “the goal of ergonomics” – with upgrades to office furniture.[1]

Some things to consider before shopping are whether you would like new or used office chairs. We go over the pros and cons of each in Desks For Dummies, by Joe Desk. You should also consider whether using a broker or dealer would be the best choice to assist you in this purchase and we will go in to that in another article coming soon.

When you do get out to look, there are some key features that you’re going to want to keep in mind. This week, we’ll focus on office chairs because, if you work in an office, chances are you will spend much of your workday, five days a week, sitting in a chair.

Chair Buying Do’s & Don’ts

Every manufacturer is trying to reinvent the wheel coming up with some wild features. Have you seen the office chairs that give you a vibrating massage? Don’t be fooled by all the bells and whistles. Most of these features never get used. Some of the ergonomic features and benefits you will find are listed below.

The most important features are underlined:

Height adjustment: Most chairs adjust up and down by pulling up on a lever under the seat

Arm adjustments: Adjustable arm height, width, pivot and arm tilt

Tilt chair: Some but not all office chairs are designed to rock back and forth.

Tilt lock: Keeps the chair locked in an upright position

Forward tilt: Allows the chair to lean forward at a 15 degree angle

Lumbar Adjustment: A separate adjustable cushion in the lumbar area of the seat back

Seat tilt: Adjusts seat angle

Back tilt: Adjusts back angle

Seat slide: Allows seat to slide forward and back

Memory Foam: Upgraded foam padding

Mesh back: Very popular and comfortable. Our best selling style of office chair in NJ

Seat back adjustment: Can be ratchet style which can be adjusted while being seated or a knob adjustment requiring the user to get up to adjust[2]

This checklist is a great starting point when beginning your search for office chairs and ergonomically designed workspaces.  Or just call us! We are Office Furniture Outlet, the Home of JOE DESK, South Jersey’s best family operated office furniture dealer serving anyone looking for new or used office furniture in NJ or within a two hour drive of our South Jersey location. Visit us on the web at www.ofonj.com or www.joedesk.com or call us at 856-439-9500.


[1] www.mybusinessmag.com – Feb/Mar 2012

[2] Desks For Dummies, by Joe Desk

 

The new home of JOE DESK

Our move is complete.  Now you can see 25,000 square feet of new and used office furniture all under one roof.  We know we have the overall best prices, largest selection and most organized showroom within a 2 hours ride in any direction of our new showroom.  No wonder 1/3 of our customers come from more than an hour away.

Easy to get to, only a mile from Exit 4 on the New Jersey Turnpike.  2080 Springdale Rd. in Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

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Down load our Free buyers guide, Desks for Dummies at http://www.joedesk.com  Each download has money saving coupons at the end of each chapter.

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When you need furniture for your office you have to check us out. Come for the price, come for the selection, come for the service, or just come for the experience.

Joe Desk is on the move

Have you heard the news?  Joe Desk is moving to a new bigger and better location.  We just signed a lease on Springdale Rd. in Cherry Hill, NJ for a 27,000 sq ft combination showroom and warehouse.  In the Spring of 2011 we will be moving our RT 73 Showroom & our Mt. Laurel warehouse all under one roof.

No more traveling between the 2 locations to see everything we have to offer in both NEW & USED Office Furniture.  One stop shopping is what I’m talking about.  And wait to you see the size of this place.  If you can’t find what your looking for here then you probably can’t  find it anywhere.

We are still going to be only a couple miles off exit 4 of the NJPK so if your coming from a distance we are easy to find.

Stay tuned and keep an eye on our website: www.joedesk.com or www.ofonj.com  for more information.  You can also go to our website and sign up for our newsletter to stay informed.

Buy Now or Pay More Later

I’m one of those guys that studies the economy, listens to all those so called experts and reads all those books.  I was first in line on opening day to see the new “Wall Street…Money Never Sleeps” movie.  Not as much fun as the first one but a worthy follow up.

I can tell you one thing for sure.  Prices ARE going UP.  The Government has told us that they want to see some inflation.  They want it to inch up 1 % next year.  You can not tinker with the economy and think you can control such a small bump.  By the time it kicks in…BAM…it’s going to overshoot the 1% and end up much higher.  QE 2 is the method to their madness.  Dump more money into the system and destroy the value of our dollar.  Guess what when the dollar goes down, commodities go up.  Everything we use and consume are effected by the cost of commodities.  Think gas, oil, metals, food, you get the idea.

Most of my suppliers and manufactures have already informed me of a 5% increase comming the first of the year.  This is just the beginning.  If the cost of oil goes any higher we are all going to see those fuel surcharges that became all to familar a few years ago.  If you are not aware of it, there was a 1-3% fuel charge attached to most suppliers invoices when gas was up at $3 a gallon.  Most retailers ate the cost because times were good.  Don’t expect that to happen in this economy.

All in all you will be paying more for everything next year  and in the years to follow.  So if you have a need for office furniture or any other major purchase, do it now before the year is over and we all see that 5% bump.

Shop at www.ofonj.com or www.joedesk.com where you will always save money no matter what the economy is up to.

JOE DESK

Desks For Dummies by Joe Desk

It’s here and it’s FREE.  Check out the NEW Office Furniture Survival Guide at www.joedesk.com .  Think of it as your Desk for Dummies Guide.  There are chapters on new office furniture vs used office furniture.  Tips on how to buy a desk, how to buy a chair, how to buy a file and how to buy a workstation.

                                      

This buyers guide is a quick read and it will help you save money.  And at the end of each chapter there is a Money Saving Coupon.

This is only available from Office Furniture Outlet in Maple Shade, NJ.  It is only available for FREE.  It is only available at www.joedesk.com .  Download or print your copy HERE .

21 Things You Should Never Buy New

I found this great article And  Used Office Furniture made the list….

21 Things You Should Never Buy New

Posted on28 June 2010.

Garage SaleIf you’re looking to get the most value for your dollar, it would do your wallet good to check out secondhand options. Many used goods still have plenty of life left in them even years after the original purchase, and they’re usually resold at a fraction of the retail price, to boot. Here’s a list of 21 things that make for a better deal when you buy them used.

1. DVDs and CDs: Used DVDs and CDs will play like new if they were well taken care of. Even if you wind up with a scratched disc and you don’t want to bother with a return, there are ways to remove the scratches and make the DVD or CD playable again.

2. Books: You can buy used books at significant discounts from online sellers and brick-and-mortar used book stores. The condition of the books may vary, but they usually range from good to like-new. And of course, check out your local library for free reading material.

3. Video: Games Kids get tired of video games rather quickly. You can easily find used video games from online sellers at sites like Amazon and eBay a few months after the release date. Most video game store outlets will feature a used game shelf, as well. And if you’re not the patient type, you can rent or borrow from a friend first to see if it’s worth the purchase.

4. Special Occasion and Holiday Clothing: Sometimes you’ll need to buy formal clothing for special occasions, such as weddings or prom. Most people will take good care of formal clothing but will only wear it once or twice. Their closet castouts are your savings: Thrift stores, yard sales, online sellers and even some dress shops offer fantastic buys on used formalwear.

5. Jewelry: Depreciation hits hard when you try to sell used jewelry, but as a buyer you can take advantage of the markdown to save a bundle. This is especially true for diamonds, which has ridiculously low resale value. Check out estate sales and reputable pawn shops to find great deals on unique pieces. Even if you decide to resell the jewelry later, the depreciation won’t hurt as much.

6. Ikea Furniture: Why bother assembling your own when you can pick it up for free (or nearly free) on Craigslist and Freecycle? Summer is the best time to hunt for Ikea furniture–that’s when college students are changing apartments and tossing out their goodies.

7. Games and Toys: How long do games and toys remain your child’s favorite before they’re left forgotten under the bed or in the closet? You can find used children’s toys in great condition at moving sales or on Craigslist, or you can ask your neighbors, friends, and family to trade used toys. Just make sure to give them a good wash before letting junior play.

8. Maternity and Baby Clothes: Compared to everyday outfits that you can wear any time, maternity clothes don’t get much wear outside the few months of pregnancy when they fit. The same goes for baby clothes that are quickly outgrown. You’ll save a small fortune by purchasing gently used maternity clothes and baby clothes at yard sales and thrift stores. Like children’s games and toys, friends and family may have baby or maternity clothing that they’ll be happy to let you take off their hands.

9. Musical Instruments: Purchasing new musical instruments for a beginner musician is rarely a good idea. (Are you ready to pay $60 an hour for piano lessons?) For your little dear who wants to learn to play an instrument, you should see how long his or her interest lasts by acquiring a rented or used instrument to practice with first. Unless you’re a professional musician or your junior prodigy is seriously committed to music, a brand new instrument may not be the best investment.

10. Pets: If you buy a puppy (or kitty) from a professional breeder or a pet store outlet, it can set you back anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. On top of this, you’ll need to anticipate additional fees and vet bills, too. Instead, adopt a pre-owned pet from your local animal shelter and get a new family member, fees, and vaccines at a substantially lower cost.

11. Home Accent: Pieces Home decorating pieces and artwork are rarely handled on a day-to-day basis, so they’re generally still in good condition even after being resold multiple times. If you like the worn-out look of some décor pieces, you can be sure you didn’t pay extra for something that comes naturally with time. And don’t forget, for most of us, discovering a true gem at a garage sale is 90% of the fun!

12. Craft Supplies: If you’re into crafting, you probably have a variety of different supplies left over from prior projects. If you require some additional supplies for your upcoming project, then you can join a craft swap where you’ll find other crafty people to trade supplies with. If you have leftovers, be sure to donate them to your local schools.

13. Houses: You’re typically able to get better and more features for your dollar when you purchase an older home rather than building new. Older houses were often constructed on bigger corner lots, and you also get architectural variety in your neighborhood if the houses were built or remodeled in different eras.

14. Office Furniture: Good office furniture is built to withstand heavy use and handling. Really solid pieces will last a lifetime, long after they’re resold the first or second time. A great used desk or file cabinet will work as well as (or better than) a new one, but for a fraction of the cost. With the recession shutting down so many businesses, you can easily find lots of great office furniture deals.

15. Cars: You’ve probably heard this before: Cars depreciate the second you drive them off of the dealership’s lot. In buying a used car, you save money on both the initial cost and the insurance. It also helps to know a trusty mechanic who can check it over first. This way, you’ll be aware of any potential problems before you make the purchase.

16. Hand Tools: Simple tools with few moving parts, like hammers, hoes and wrenches, will keep for decades so long as they are well-made to begin with and are well-maintained. These are fairly easy to find at neighborhood yard or garage sales. If you don’t need to use hand tools very often, an even better deal is to rent a set of tools or borrow them from a friend.

17. Sports Equipment: Most people buy sports equipment planning to use it until it drops, but this rarely happens. So when sports equipment ends up on the resale market, they tend to still be in excellent condition. Look into buying used sporting gear through Craigslist and at yard sales or sports equipment stores.

18. Consumer Electronics: I know most folks like shiny new toys, but refurbished electronic goods are a much sweeter deal. Consumer electronics are returned to the manufacturer for different reasons, but generally, they’ll be inspected for damaged parts, fixed, tested, then resold at a lower price. Just make sure you get a good warranty along with your purchase.

19. Gardening Supplies: This is an easy way for you to save money, and all you need to do is be observant. Take a look outdoors and you’ll likely find such gardening supplies as mulch, wood, and even stones for free or vastly reduced prices. Used garden equipment and tools are also common goods at yard sales.

20. Timeshares: Buying timeshares isn’t for everyone, but if you decide that it suits your lifestyle, purchasing the property as a resale would be a better deal than buying it brand new: on average, you’ll save 67 percent on the price for a comparable new timeshare. If you’re new to timeshare ownership, give it a test run first by renting short term.

21. Recreational Items: It’s fairly easy to find high ticket recreational items like campers, boats, and jet skis being resold. Oftentimes, they’re barely used at all. As long as they’re in safe, working condition, they’ll make for a better value when purchased used than new.

– U.S. News

Lynn Truong is the co-founder and 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, debuted as the #1 Money Management book on Amazon.com.

Where is my office furniture?

The delivery dilemma.  Why can’t it be here on time.

I don’t want to make excuses, I just want to vent.  Office Furniture Outlet made the decision a long time ago not to use a third party delivery service like most of our competition does.  As a result we have much more quality control in getting our deliveries out on time and on the day promised.  We only have to bump a delivery once every month or so.  Our delivery team has been with us for years and we get many more complements than the occasional complaints.

Predicting the exact delivery time is not an exact science.  After 20 years I’m pretty good at it but like the weatherman and your stock broker I don’t always get it right.  If I was a stock broker my win to loss ratio would make you very rich.  Delivery times can be effected by the weather, traffic, mechanical problems, last minute changes from customers, unforeseen delivery obstacles at the previous delivery and tricky installs and also from human error (our fault).

My advice….If you need a specific time because you intend to stand around and wait for the arrival then (1) ask to be the first delivery of the day and (2) let your salesperson know.  We can always call you when we are 1/2 an hour away so that your time is not wasted.

Joe Desk