Catalogue purchases fraught with danger

SEEING your new office equipment before you buy is essential for sound choices, says Hopkins Office Interiors manager Mike Hopkins.

Many businesses make decisions about purchases from catalogues and the Internet, but Mr Hopkins said it is important to physically view the quality of workmanship.

“To make sure you get what you’re looking for, you really need to sit on it and test moving parts such as powder coated rollers,” Mr Hopkins said.

“If you don’t personally check each piece of equipment, you may wind up with a desk that resembles Rolf Harris’ wobbleboard more than a piece of sturdy, reliable furnishing.

“Quality doesn’t cost a lot more. On average, if you spend 20 per cent more than the cheapest models, you will have equipment that is enduring in the long term.”

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