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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 paperclips and pencils to a computer and a can be overwhelming.Your goal: to find the best deals, widest selection, most helpfulservice, best post-sale support, most liberal return policy andgreatest convenience.


Over the past decade, computer and office superstores have sweptacross 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 30percent or more below manufacturers' list prices.

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