I have heard many times, “Hey I got a really great deal on cubicles” Well most of the time that great deal,” costs you a lot more than buying from a reputable dealer. Parts come up missing, the cubicles can’t be put back together properly because it is so old it is destroyed during tear down or installation, and the parts you need to complete the job are not produced and/or available anymore. So, what should you look for when buying used cubicles?
Brands: Many Herman Miller (HM) products and clone versions such as AO1 and AO2 are still widely reproduced and also available used. Some dealers also specialize in Steelcase and Haworth used products but the parts are not as readily available. Some other brands parts are available new but the cost can be prohibitive. Many old products are impossible to find parts for. Also the quality of the partitions and components vary widely with brands and lines within brands. If the quality is poor some products just fall apart when tearing down and reinstalling the cubicles. This is why it is important to ask what the Brand and product line is when purchasing used cubicles.
Expansion: Do you plan on expanding in the future and do you want the product to look the same? Again availability of certain brands will allow a seamless look. Also many Herman Miller products can be refurbished with new paint and fabric for a uniformed look.
Resale: Certain Brands such as Herman Miller Clone can have value in normal markets. Older and off brand products you may have to pay someone to tear down the cubicles and transport them to the disposal facility.