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Purchasing Used or New Office Furniture

We will be taking premises at Technopark on 1 February 2016 for a 62.5m2 space for a startup technology firm. Initially, we will be two people in Zurich and would like to purchase office furniture (used is fine).

2 Office Desks
2 Office Chairs
Small Conference table to seat 4, with supporting chairs.

Ideally, I do not want to troll the Brokenhaus, nor pay the prices at Swiss furniture stores (will just go to Germany or Italy and pay less than half for the same items). IKEA is a temporary option, but would prefer to find something that is good quality and a good price.

Are there any auction houses in Switzerland that purchase used furniture, or allow others to purchase them? Thoughts and advice are welcomed.
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Re: Purchasing Used or New Office Furniture

You should have a look at anibis.ch

Be sure to specify what you are looking for in German and you will get the ads for your end of the country (since anibis is 80% the French area). You can also do it by specifying the location which will restrict the ads to your area. You might find something there.

Frankly, with any start up, cheap and cheerful wins the day. Do not spend any more $$ than you need to. The advantage of the Ikea option is that as/if you grow, you can buy more furniture in the same style. If things don't work out, the Ikea stuff is easy to unload.
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Re: Purchasing Used or New Office Furniture

I'm not sure the Ikea stuff is so easy to get rid of. There is a huge market for used USM Haller stuff, which is really good quality, looks great and is easy to offload, should you need. The only issue is that it is not the cheapest. If you do decide to go this way, you can contact USM Boerse, in Zurich. Prices range depending on the condition, so if you don't go for 'as new' you could be ok.
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Re: Purchasing Used or New Office Furniture

Thank you for the tips. I will look into both of them.
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I'm not sure the Ikea stuff is so easy to get rid of. There is a huge market for used USM Haller stuff, which is really good quality, looks great and is easy to offload, should you need. The only issue is that it is not the cheapest. If you do decide to go this way, you can contact USM Boerse, in Zurich. Prices range depending on the condition, so if you don't go for 'as new' you could be ok.


We had USM and regretted buying it as only qualified USM technicians know how to assemble it correctly. If you never plan to move it is not an issue.


The price for used USM furniture is still very high.
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Re: Purchasing Used or New Office Furniture

Nice advice. Thanks. I've been looking around for a while myself
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Re: Purchasing Used or New Office Furniture

Friends of mine recently set up a coworking space (200m2) and bought the furniture second hand from the Post. Apparently the Post (and other large Swiss companies) have entire warehouses full of high quality office furnishings which can be visited and bought at bargain prices.

Unfortunately I don't have further concrete info, perhaps your best bet would be to Google or contact the Post directly. Good luck!
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