When a company or individual upgrades office furniture there usually is a market for the previously owned furniture. Selling those items can help offset the cost of the upgrade. To sell office furniture is often five-step process that includes determining if there is a market, finding the avenue to sell the goods, preparing and pricing the furniture for sale, selling it, and delivering the furniture.
Begin the process of determining if there is a market for the used office furniture by reviewing local and online classified ads, local used office furniture stores, and online auction sites. The individual wanting to sell office furniture should verify that the type of furniture he or she has is being sold and if so, at what price. If there is a market, ensure that the going prices allow for the sale of the available furniture at enough of a return to make it worth the effort.
There are three relatively easy ways to sell office furniture, and the furniture owner should choose the method that promises the best chance of sale at the best price with the least amount of time and money invested. Online classified ads often are free and can be tailored to regional buyers, but beware that these ads often results in a rash of unwanted replies such as spam and solicitations. An online bid site typically is a safer and more targeted method to sell office furniture in which the seller pays a small fee to the site. The simplest method is to have a local furniture liquidator pick it up and sell it, but this is also the most expensive method as commissions can run as high as 50 percent of the sale.
Having determined the preferred method to sell office furniture, the next step is to prepare and price the furniture for sale. It is worth the time to clean the furniture and make those minor repairs that are easy and inexpensive to do. This relatively easy work up front can add significantly to the final sales price. Price the furniture based on the market as determined by the review of other furniture for sale. Be reasonable as it is unlikely any used furniture can be successfully sold above the going local prices.
The furniture seller should make clear whether the furniture will be delivered, shipped or must be picked up. Typically, the size of office furniture makes long-distance shipping cost prohibitive in the used market. It is common to expect local buyers of used office furniture to pick it up themselves.