Letter openers – What genius invented this marvel?

April 15th, 2008

You don’t often say, “What genius invented this?” when referring to a letter opener. That is exactly what I say, however, when presented with the task of opening hundreds or even thousands of letters at once. And no, I’m not referring to this kind of letter opener:

I’m talking about the Porche of letter openers. The machines that are fully mechanized and ready to open hundreds of letters in seconds. They range from hand-held electric letter openers to assembly-line style letter openers capable of handling bag loads of letters.

This is an example of a hand-held letter opener. It can be easily held in one hand, is completely portable and can be stored in a cupboard or desk drawer at the office.

Hand-Held Letter Opener

And this is an example of an industrial-strength letter opener. It is designed for high-volume industrial use. This is something you would see in a large business mail room. Although big, it is still relatively easy to set up and use.

Industrial-Strength Letter Opener

These letter openers are readily available at ABC Office. Take a look at this selection of letter openers.

Letter openers vary from speed, size and quality, but any of these models certainly beat using a pair of scissors, a knife or even your bare hands. Come and take a look. You’ll probably find something you like.

ABC Office has added several new "How To" binding equipment guides to its Web Site.

October 5th, 2007

How To BindWe are always looking at new ways to help educate our customers and help them learn more about the office equipment they are purchasing. Over the past few years we added several product category guides to our Web site loaded with information. You can find those guides by going here:
https://www.abcoffice.com/product_guide.htm.

We have just added three new “How To” guides to our Web site. The “How To” guides are different than the older guides because the offer more detailed information on specific products. The three new guides just added to ABC Office are the How To Comb Bind, How To Wire Bind and How To VeloBind.

Each guide includes detailed information on how to use the binding machines including step-by-step details and also includes links to video demonstrations of the products. You can find the three current “How To” guides here:

How To Comb Bind

How To Wire Bind

How To VeloBind

We plan on adding many more “How To” guides to our Web site over the coming weeks and months. Be sure to come back and check out our new guides!

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

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.

ABC Office has added new MX series Polaroid-style ID cameras to its Web site.

August 20th, 2007

MX ID CamerasThis month we added three new ID and passport camera models to our Web site. These are the MX-2, MX-4 and MX-6 cameras. These cameras are designed to create quick and inexpensive photo IDs in a few minutes. The addition of these cameras increases our line of photo ID cameras to nine.

All of these cameras use a Polaroid-style film that takes and develops on the fly. All three new cameras use the same style of film. The MX-2 has two lenses designed to take photo ID pictures or passports, depending on the MX-2 model being used. The MX-4 camera has a total of four lenses and the MX-6 a total of six.

Many large businesses have switched over to digital cameras and printers. Traditional Polaroid-style cameras are still popular in schools, non-profit organizations and for novelty ID cards. This is due, in part, to the availability of the film and the inexpensive up-front cost of the equipment.

Creating an ID with the MX series cameras is an easy process. After being take, the picture cut to size using either scissors or a die cutter. Once cut, the picture is applied to a pre-made card and is then laminated. The ID card can then be placed in a badge holder or be punched for use with a lanyard. The process only takes a few minutes.

You can find our entire selection of cameras by going here.

ABC Office now offers service agreements online for new products.

July 10th, 2007

At ABC Office we are now offering service agreement plans available to all customers on almost the entire product line. These new service agreements will help give you peace of mind knowing that your newly purchased office equipment is guaranteed to work for the duration of the agreement. Our new service agreements are for a one-year period of time and
may be renewed.

The new service agreements guarantee the performance of the product for a year. The contract will cover shipping, parts and labor. You can read more about the service agreements here.

These new agreements should help you cut down on downtime and keep your business up and running.

You are probably already familiar with service agreements in others industries, such as automotive and electronics products. We are one of the first online office equipment retailers to offer this service. Our service technician has reported that the new service is already proving itself successful, after just a few days of being online.

These new service contracts can be purchased online through our shopping cart or may be ordered over the phone (800-658-8788). Feel free to look at and take advantage of this new service.

ABC Office now sells typewriters for the 21st century.

June 29th, 2007

TypewritersAlthough you may be surprised to hear people are still using them, ABC Office has just added a new line of typewriters to its Web site. These new typewriters are from the popular manufacturer Royal. Although typewriters may seem a little archaic to modern standards, many businesses and people still use typewriters to fill forms, documentation and write reports. To help facilitate this continuing need, ABC Office has added a total of six new typewriters.

Typewriters were commonly used during the 20th century for most documentation. Typewriters were clumsy, frustrating and difficult to use. Documents were re-typed to fix spelling errors and alignment was a problem. With the invention of the computer, many thought this would mean the end of typewriters.

These new typewriters have built-in spell checkers, LCD screens, memory and computer processors. These new typewriter capabilities and functions eliminate errors and save a lot of time for those who still need a typewriter. Many schools, lawyers’ offices, government entities and businesses still use typewriters. Royal typewriters are helping facilitate these organizations. Stop by our site and take a look at the new addition.

ABC Office adds two new money counters to its lineup.

April 27th, 2007

ABC V-10 Bill CounterAs many of you may already be aware, about seven months ago we decided to add our own manufactured line of money counters to ABC Office. We started of with three bill counters and one coin counter. These money counters have become a big hit, so we have added two new bill counters to the lineup.

These two new counters are the ABC V-30 and the ABC V-10. Both of these models are more compact than previous models and are designed for maximum mobility.

The ABC V-10 includes counterfeit detection measures that can scan the UV (ultraviolet), MG (magnetic) and WM (watermark) properties of a bill, making it easy to scan and count money. This new model, although small, can count up to 600 bills per minute and is light enough (1.5 pounds) to be transported from one business or location to another.

The  ABC V-30 is highly portable and is designed purely to count bills. It is small enough to fit in a purse or bag and is great for counting money at a variety of events. It is one of the few money counters that weighs in at less than a pound. It can even run off of batteries if needed.

Come take a look at our new money counters for yourself!

ABC Office continues to provide customers with valuable resources and information.

February 8th, 2007

Many of you may already be aware of this, but we offer a monthly newsletter written by me, Dave. The newsletter is informative, short and good reading. I take a compilation of the most common questions throughout the month and post answers in the newsletter.

It is pretty safe to say that if one customer has a question regarding a product, there are probably several others out there with the same question.Subscribers, and customers, are more than welcome to send us questions anytime. They will always be answered and may even be featured in the newsletter.

The “Ask Dave” newsletter goes out on a monthly basis. The newsletter usually features a few promotions exclusively available to newsletter subscribers. The format of the newsletter usually includes about three to four questions with answers. Industry news is sometimes mentioned in the newsletter as well.

You can subscribe to the newsletter by going here. If for any reason you don’t like the newsletter or no longer want to receive it, it is very easy to unsubscribe. Try out the newsletter today!

Security equipment has changed significantly over the past decade with the invention of the DVR.

January 5th, 2007

Here at ABC Office we have traditionally sold office automation equipment and supplies. One thing you may not be aware of is that we also specialize in security equipment as well. Products include anti-theft devices, metal detectors, camera systems and more. One of our biggest selling pieces of security equipment are our DVR recorders.

DVR recorders are capable of digitally recording security video fed to them from security camera systems. Traditional VHS-style recorders are decreasing in popularity as DVR or Digital Video Records bring the ability to record more video at a higher resolution. This data is not only clearer, but itis also very easy to review the video.
DVR Security Recorder
Traditional VHS-style recorders utilized a multiplexer to help organize multiple security cameras for recording. Most DVR recorders have multiplexers built in for convenience. Many DVR systems are capable of recording hundreds of hours of video and eliminate the need of a tape. Video outputs make it easy to
transfer video to a tape if needed.

You can see our entire selection of DVR security recorders by going here. Take a look and order your DVR recorder today!

How safe are your torn-up credit card applications?

November 14th, 2006

Paper ShreddersOver the past week or two, you have probably received at least one or two credit card applications. If you’re like most people, you probably throw them in the garbage. If you’re concerned about the application being stolen, you may tear the envelope in half or quarters.

This may put your mind at rest, but some ambitious criminals don’t mind using a little Scotch tape to patch things up. Taped credit card applications are often accepted regardless. Although tearing a credit card application up isn’t a bad idea, weeding out most ID thieves, it is not fraud proof. This is certainly better than doing nothing.

Although dumpster diving is legal in most states, what they do with that information can make it illegal. The best failsafe to prevent dumpster divers is by using a good cross cut shredder. I keep a shredder in my own home office and shred anything that has personal information or applications.

Shredders are great at home or in the office. I recommend having one in both places. The price of a shredder is nothing in comparison to damaged credit or identity theft. You can see our entire line of paper shredders by going here.

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