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How To: Buy Equipment

Get the most for your money without shopping 'til you drop.

This story appears in the September 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

As a new owner, for everything from clips and pencils to a computer and a can be overwhelming. Your goal: to find the best deals, widest selection, most helpful service, best post-sale support, most liberal return policy and greatest convenience.


Over the past decade, computer and office superstores have swept across America. They win the one-stop-shopping contest hands down, typically carrying more than 7,000 different products per store. Because of volume buying, superstores can often sell products at 30 percent or more below manufacturers' list prices.

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