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Magazine & Display Racks – Plastic, Metal or Wood?

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Magazine racks and display racks come in all shapes and sizes. These range from floor standing to wall-hanging designs. Although these are available in different designs, they are also available in different materials. The most common materials used in building display racks are plastic, wood and metal.

The least common of the three is metal. This isn’t because they are ugly or don’t work, but most metal display racks are created in a wire design. These styles are commonly used for displaying books, DVDs and other material for resale. They are not as common for displaying magazine and brochures. The most common color for metal display racks is black, although some chrome designs are available. You can find our metal display racks here.

Plastic display racks are commonly found in office lobbies, grocery stores, churches and schools. They are good for use with multiple products and are especially popular due to the transparent properties of the plastic, which makes it easy to see material. Magazines are especially popular for use with plastic (acrylic) display and magazine racks. They come in wall mounted, corner and desktop designs. You can find our plastic magazine racks here.

Wood display racks and magazine racks fit in very well with an office environment. They look very professional and match well with existing furniture. You can find wood display racks in floor-standing, wall-mounted and countertop designs. Wood magazine racks fit in well with a lobby, waiting room, church foyer or business office. You can find our wood display racks here.

Some magazine racks are available in a combination of wood and plastic. Buy your display rack today by going here.

Employee Time Clocks – Which One To Buy?

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Finding a good employee time clock can seem difficult. There are so many models to choose from. You’re in luck. I have used several models and will point out some pros and cons on various employee time clock models.

The first type of time clock, and perhaps one of the most common, is the punch card time clock. This model utilizes paper time cards. People can slip the card into the machine and punch in and out. Punch clocks are available in vertical load and horizontal load, depending on your preference.

The pros of the punch clock are that they are very simple to use and set up. The cards can be easily accessed and the data is clearly visible. Punch-style time clocks are also usually cheap and inexpensive. The cons are that the data cannot be exported to a computer and buddy punching can be an issue.

The card swipe is fast becoming the employee time clock of choice. Cards, similar in appearance to credit cards, have employee data encoded on them. This card can then be stored in a wallet or hung on a lanyard. The card is swiped to log in and out of work. Most card swipe clocks can be easily interfaced with a computer and data can be exported for use with QuickBooks, ADP, PAYCHEX and other payroll software.

The pros of the card swipe employee time clock are that the data is accurate and they are easy to use. Exported data is especially of benefit for use with other programs and for generating reports. Cons are that the cards can be lost, however, they can be easily replaced. Card Swipe time clocks are probably the best all-round solution for a business’s time attendance needs.

Newest to the industry are the biometric time clocks. These time clocks do not use a punch card or a PVC card, rather they use a hand or fingerprint. Technology has finally caught up with the industry to make this a possibility. As with the card swipe clocks, most biometric employee time clocks can be interfaced with a computer and data can be exported for use with other payroll software.

Biometric digital time clocks have many pros. They are easy to set up, there are no lost cards to replace and buddy punching is completely eliminated. The cons are that some of the older models out there may require a finger or hand to be scanned multiple times before working correctly. This is not an issue with newer models.

You can find ABC Office’s entire selection of employee time clocks here.

Top Ten Best Binding Machines

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Finding a good binding machine can sometimes be difficult. A lot of the binding machines out there are now made from plastic components and just don’t stand the test of time. We have compiled a list of the best comb, wire and coil binding machines. This list is based off of customer satisfaction, volume sold and customer service record. Enjoy!

Top 10 Best Binding Machines:

1. Akiles WireMac Wire Binding Machine

2. Akiles CoilMac-ECI Coil Binding Machine

3. Tahsin 210 PB Comb Binder

4. Renz RW Wire Binding Machine

5. Akiles Megabind Comb Binder

6. Akiles WireMac Duo Wire Binding Machine

7. Akiles WireMac Combo Comb & Wire Binding Machine

8. Akiles CoilMac-M Coil Binding Machine

9. Renz Combi-S Comb Binding Machine

10. EB-32 Wire Binding Machine

Probably The Best Paper Shredder Deal Ever!

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

I don’t usually blog about prices, especially since our prices are always pretty good anyway. We recently received some great pricing on Martin Yale paper shredders. Apparently the manufacturer, Martin Yale, got a little too much inventory in their warehouse and they are practically giving these things away.

Most of these shredders are over 50% to 60% off. I recently got a chance to use some of these paper shredders on our showroom floor. They aren’t bad. Martin Yale owns the Intimus line of paper shredders, and we all know how good those are.

Maybe this is a little off topic, but the Intimus 007 is probably one of the most popular paper shredders in history…and yes…it’s still around. The Intimus 007 paper shredder was used by Oliver North to shred documents related to the Iran-Contra scandal. After the model of shredder was revealed in 1987, sales of Intimus shredders went up 20%!

OK, back to the Martin Yale shredder sale. The prices are only good as long as the shredders are in “overstock” status. Once inventory levels fall back to normal, prices will go back to normal. You can find the heavily discounted Martin Yale shredders here. Happy shopping!

The New Martin Yale UC5500 ScriptStroyer Pharmacy (Rx) / Prescription Bottle Shredder

Friday, March 20th, 2009

I am very familiar with a wide range of shredders out on the market. I have personally handled dozens of the models we sell online and have been pretty impressed with a lot of what we sell. I have to admit, however, that the new Martin Yale UC5500 ScriptStroyer is one of the most unique shredders I have seen to date. It is right up there with the cardboard shredder that people have used to create horse bedding.

At ABC Office we sell CD shredders, credit card shredders, paper shredders, cardboard shredders and more. Now we have a shredder that can shred prescription drug bottles, being the UC5500 ScriptStroyer. This shredder has a slot that will take most types of prescription bottles, including both dry and liquid.

The UC5500 is considered to be a quiet shredder. This means noise shouldn’t interfere with customer interaction while shredding old bottles. The UC5500 ScriptStroyer also has an automatic oiler, which helps lubricate the shredder blades. This will dramatically increase the life of the shredder. On a side note, even if you don’t need a prescription bottle shredder, you should still consider purchasing shredder oil for your shredder.

With all the current paper shredder laws in place, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the medical industry can’t be too secure or safe. Prior to seeing this shredder, I totally forgot that the labels on the prescription drug bottles had so much information on them. A thief could use that information to steel your identity or for prescription drug fraud. This shredder can also handle shredding paper, making it a multi-purpose shredder.

Time permitting, you should stop by our site and take a look. If you own or work for a pharmacy, hospital or medical facility that handles prescription drug bottles, you should really consider getting this one.  You can find the UC5500 ScriptStroyer Prescription Bottle / Pharmacy Shredder here.

Fellowes Intellishred — First Impressions

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

I have been working with paper shredders for years. As a result I can tell you that the general concept of the paper shredder, and the way they work, has remained pretty much the same for the past decade. Some work better than others.

Not only have I tried to stress the importance of using a paper shredder, for destroying sensitive information, but I have also been a big advocate for paper shredder safety. There are few things that make me cringe more than hearing about a dog getting its tongue stuck in a shredder or a toddler losing a few fingers as a result.

We have a pretty big showroom here at ABC Office, full of several different shredders from a wide variety of manufacturers. The types of models vary from strip cut to micro-cut particles. A while back we brought in a Fellowes Intellishred SB-99Ci for testing and display.

Fellowes paper shredders, for me, have never drawn my attention. I have always considered them to be best used at home or next to a desk. Fellowes must have recently hired some talented designers to work for them, because their current line of paper shredders looks modern and are aesthetically pleasing.

The Fellowes Intellishred SB-99Ci is a shining example of a “beautiful” paper shredder.  It really does look nice. Upon turning the shredder on, a striking blue LED lights up. Again, this is much different than comparable models. A lighted gauge on the paper shredder (sheet capacity indicator) indicates the effect the load of paper is having on the motor, letting you know if you are pushing it too hard. It also features jam-proof technology, which makes it impossible to jam or seize the shredder head.

The thing that struck me the most was the SafeSense technology. If for any reason a finger or hand gets close to the shredder opening, the shredder will turn off. This is great for preventing possible injury. The sensor never failed.

If you are looking for a nice looking and safe paper shredder, I would recommend the Fellowes Intellishred SB-99Ci. Fellowes has several “Intellishred” models to choose from. You can find the SB-99Ci that I tried by clicking here. Enjoy!

Count Money And Verify It At The Same Time

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Money counters are a great invention. They take a stack of money and count it in a matter of seconds (literally). They are efficient, accurate and take up little space. You will commonly find bill counters in banks, but it is not uncommon to find them in retail stores and other businesses as well.

While using a money counter saves a lot of time, counterfeit money can still be an issue. Many money counters now include built-in counterfeit detectors. An example of this is the ABC-1150 Ultra.

The ABC-1150 Ultra includes ultraviolet (UV) and magnetic (MG) detection. As each bill is run through the money counter, it scans each bill individually. If for any reason ultraviolet properties or magnetic ink are not detected on the bill, it will immediately stop and alert you.

Getting a bill counter with counterfeit detection measures built in used to be significantly more expensive than a standard bill counter. This is no longer the case. Bill counters with counterfeit detection are now very affordable.

The ABC-1150 Ultra is on sale for a limited time at $179. This includes an external LED display. Stop by and check it out.

Does A Service Department Matter?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

ABC Office Service Department Does it really matter if a company has a service department capable of servicing their own equipment? My answer to that is yes. Of course it does.

There are a lot of office equipment dealers out there trying to get your hard-earned cash. Good for them, but there is one problem. Many dealers of office equipment are unable to service their own products. If a gear gets broken, a manual needs to be replaced or some other problem occurs, you’re out of luck.

What surprises me is that many Internet dealers have an “all sales are final” policy. This means if your equipment is faulty or you need to return something, you’re out of luck. Because this is typically in their Terms & Conditions, they have washed their hands free of responsibility.

ABC Office has its own service department with a full-time staff. We are able to repair our entire selection of equipment, order you parts and offer technical support over the phone. We back our products and know exactly how they work. You can rest assured that ABC Office has your back.

If you don’t want to bother sending your equipment into ABC Office for repair, we have a national network of repair departments capable of fixing your equipment on site. Just give us a call and we can hook you up.

You can visit our service department page online by going here.

Lightly-Used Office Equipment Gets A Second Chance

Monday, July 21st, 2008

As with any retailer / distributor, over time an accumulation of used and demo products will occur. At ABC Office, we have a large showroom that is full of demo products. Most of these pieces of office equipment have been used for demonstrations over the Internet via our Live Video Demos. The equipment is lightly used and in like-new condition. Many pieces have only been out for display.

ABC Office Showroom Floor

We also have an accumulation of returns that can no longer be sold as new. This means a customer purchased the product and either didn’t want it anymore or exchanged it for an upgrade. This equipment is often never used or has only been pulled out of the box a couple of times. We have a star rating system, from one to five, that lets you know how good a condition it is in.

Last, but not least, we have several closeout items. These are items that have been sitting in our warehouse, but need to be moved to make room for new stock. These products are brand new, but priced to move.

We now have a large online index of all three product categories: used, returns and closeouts. Products can be ordered online, and because they ARE in stock, they will usually ship out same day.

You can see the entire selection of used / closeout office equipment here: https://www.abcoffice.com/overstock-used.htm

It is now easy for anyone to create their own business cards with the new Instant Card business card cutter.

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

This month we added a new business card cutter to our Web site. This new business card cutter is called the Instant Card and is made by Tamerica. This new business card helps a wide variety of organizations and businesses to create their own business cards in seconds. All that is needed is a printer and the business card cutter. Once printed, a sheet of business cards can be cut down in seconds.

Businesses typically use business cards on a daily basis, especially in sales and trade show environments. Business cards are a great way to get your name out and build relationships/network with clients, customers and more. This new business card cutter is designed to help people and businesses save money by moving operations in-house.

This particular business card cutter is different from the rest because it can be used with glossy paper, photographic paper and a variety of cardstocks. It works with both laser and inkjet printers. Come take a look at the Instant Card business card cutter for yourself by going here.

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