How To: Buy Equipment

The Internet

Office equipment sellers of all sizes are moving their sales onto the Internet. The superstores and mail order computer companies mentioned in this story offer online ordering; many smaller businesses, such as Two Jakes and JTF Business Systems, have Web sites where you can check out the products, then order by phone or fax.

Worried about placing orders over the Internet? A growing number of sellers use encryption technology to ensure credit card numbers don't fall into the wrong hands. Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer both use what is called "secure sockets layer" encryption to protect Internet commerce.

Chances are, no one retailer can fill all your needs. Wysocki and other business owners say they use numerous sources to stock their businesses and emphasize that it pays to shop around before plunking down your hard-earned dollars.

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This article was originally published in the September 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: How To: Buy Equipment.

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