The home office made easy, with a little help from ABC Office

November 3rd, 2006

Office FurnitureHave you ever wanted to try and create your own home office, but may have limited space or money? Perhaps you are tired of using that old card table as a desk. We have a wide selection office furniture and accessories.

To begin with, I would recommend getting rid of that card table or old desk and try using a workstation. We have some nice looking Leda workstations that can be used at home, or even in the office. They use a modern design and are great for getting maximum use with limited space.

I would also recommend a filing cabinet for keeping track of paperwork. We have a variety of cabinets from Leda designed to take up little space while keeping things organized. They are set on casters and are easy to move around. This makes re-arranging the office easy.

The final piece of furniture needed to complete your office is a nice chair. You may be working (or gaming) in your office for hours and may need a nice place to sit. Our office chairs are ergonomic and designed to help support your body while providing maximum comfort. We have a wide variety of office chairs to choose from.

We have a wide variety of office furniture, including custom wood furnishings. Feel free to stop by and take a look.

Cutting has never been so precise! Rotatrim paper cutters.

October 27th, 2006

Who would have thought the pizza cutter to be such an ingenious invention! Why? For eating pizza? That much is obvious. Circular blades are also used in rotary paper cutters, which are great for cutting paper, photographs lamination and more.

Rotary paper cutters
have a round blade that spins as it is run across paper. The round blade slices through the paper with the push of a hand. The round blade is encased in a housing that sits on a rail. This rail is firmly mounted to a base, eliminating any movement that could cause a crooked cut.
Rotatrim Paper Cutters
Rotary paper cutters are very popular with professional photographers who have to make sure every cut counts. Not only does a straight cut make a finished product look good, but it also saves money by eliminating ruined material.

Rotatrim is by far THE most popular rotary cutter we sell here at ABC Office. Rotatrim paper cutters are made in England with the highest quality parts available. This cutter can also cut through paper, card stock, laminated documents and other material.

What else is there to like about the Rotatrim cutters? For one, they ship for free. Being that we are centrally located in the United States, this means you will have your cutter in a matter of a few business days.

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to enjoy one of these beauties. These trimmers are also widely used for home projects, copy shops, schools and other businesses. Take a look for yourself and order your own Rotatrim paper trimmer today!

Digital voice recorders capture hours of audio with a device the size of a cell phone.

October 20th, 2006

Digital Voice RecordersAlthough it may be nothing new, digital voice recorders have surpassed the popularity of traditional cassette tape recorders. You may not have had this problem lately, but traditional cassette tape recorders were notorious for eating tapes and making a big mess. Reliability wasn’t guaranteed. Most compact cassette tapes were incapable of recording for more than 45 minutes!

Digital voice recorders don’t use any tape at all. None! I can’t even begin to tell you how nice that is. Digital voice recorders are also capable of recording audio for hours. Our highest-end recorder can record audio for up to 65 hours! That equals out to be about 86 cassette tapes. The audio doesn’t degrade over time either. Traditional tapes could only be used a couple of times before the audio worsened.

Our digital voice recorders are also very compact, the largest being only 3.4-inches tall. They can easily fit into a purse or pocket. The recorded data can later be transferred to a computer for storage or for editing. Feel free to stop by and take a look for yourself.

I have used them myself and can assure you that you will not be disappointed.

ABC Office now has its own brand of money counters.

October 13th, 2006

ABC1150 Money CounterWe have been selling money counters, coin counters and counterfeit detectors for years now and have seen the demand increase. Due to this success we have decided to manufacture our own brand of money counters
& money handling equipment. These new line of counters carries the brand ABC and are available in several models. Because we manufacture the money counters ourselves, we can pass the production line savings on to you.

Two of the new products are bill counters, designed to quickly count bills in seconds. These models are the ABC1150 and ABC5500. Both models are available with counterfeit money detectors built inside. When a
counterfeit bill is detected, the machine alerts the user to the problem. Both these new money counters can be found here.
ABC440 Coin CounterThe third new addition is the ABC440 coin counter. This coin counter can take hands full of coins and quickly sorts them and gives you a total monetary and denominational total. Banks, retailers and other
organizations that handle money on a daily basis commonly use it. The ABC440 brings ABC Office’s total line of coin counters to six.

The last two new products that ABC Office manufactures are counterfeit money detectors. These models are the ABC-75 and the ABC-95. Both these units use UV light to detect security strips found in most U.S. bills. They also have magnetic sensors capable of detecting magnetic ink found in U.S. currency. A built-in light makes it possible to see watermarks as well. These new counterfeit detectors can be found here.

Looking for a good price on office equipment? I may be able to help you out.

September 15th, 2006

ABC Office has been bringing discounted office equipment to you for the past 25 years. We have wonderful features such as a “Low-Price Guarantee” and are able to bring you great prices on used and demo equipment.

There is one feature you may not be aware of. We have a special promotions page on our Web site that will allow you to purchase office equipment at an even better price than usual. This is where we like to list our recommended products. Because these products have such a good track record, we are able to give you a little break on the price.

The link to this page is in the lower left-hand corner of the Web site. It is something many people don’t see when on their first visit. This is why I’m filling you in on the secret. You can go directly to the page by going here.

If you find a product that you like, you can request special pricing. Simply fill out the form. Once the form is submitted, a sales representative will contact you with the special price. You will be surprised how much you can actually save. Click on the link and take a look for yourself.

Top-secret shredders are designed to shred the most sensitive documents.

September 7th, 2006

The government doesn’t use just any shredder when it comes to shredding sensitive and top-secret documents. They use the highest-security shredders available on the market. The National Security Agency (NSA) has come up with a list of shredders that they consider to be appropriate for the shredding of top-secret documents.

These shredders are referred to as security level six shredders and shred paper down to 1mm x 4-5mm. The particles are almost as small as dust.

Security Level 6 Shredded Particles

You can find a complete description on security level six shredders by looking at our paper shredder guide.

You can find a list of our high-security paper shredders by going here. Is your shredder on the list? Take a look and see.

Although security level six shredders are nice to have, they are not necessary for everyone. Most ID thieves won’t bother looking at shredded material. They may piece together strip-cut documents, but will almost always avoid cross-cut documents. Thieves usually don’t want to put forth the effort to piece documents back together, and will usually move on to another location for something un-shredded.

Ever thought about recycling your shredded paper?

August 11th, 2006

Industrial ShreddersHave you ever considered recycling your shredded paper? Although recycling shredded paper, as compared to non-shredded paper, is more complicated, it can be done. Many people also use their shredded paper as compost.

If you have properly destroyed sensitive information, you can take those shredded particles and recycle them. If you shred a lot of paper, or work for a large business, you may want to consider a shredder baler. Shredder balers shred dozens of sheets of paper at once, compact the particles and bale them. The bale looks much like a bale of hay you would see at a farm.

Baled paper is very dense. It is easy to transport with a cart or a hand truck. The baled paper can be stored in a warehouse or loaded on a truck where it can later be recycled. One bale of paper, usually about the size of a box, contains the equivalent of several bags worth of shredded paper.

Shredder baler combinations vary in size. Some can fit in an office environment, where others will fill a small warehouse. Shred services often use shredder balers in their trucks due to the limited space. Shredder balers vary in the amount of papers they can shred at any given time. Some high-volume shredder baler combinations can shred up to 400 sheets of paper at once.

ABC Office hits ten years online and avoids the Dot-bomb.

July 13th, 2006

ABC OfficeABC Office has successfully navigated the Internet waters to become one of the most successful Internet-based online office equipment dealers. Many of you may not know the history of ABC Office and how the Web site was created in 1996.

In the late 1990’s, the Internet began to grow in popularity. The Internet was becoming a phenomenal success. Internet-based companies were popping up everywhere and fortunes were being made. ABC Office launched their Web site in 1996. The Web site focused on office automation equipment and transitioned from a traditional brick-and-mortar company to an Internet business.

Around the year 2000, many of the companies began to fail. This is often referred to as the Dot-bomb. Many Internet companies, such as Kozmo.com, Etoys.com and Pets.com declared bankruptcy. Confidence in the Internet began to wane.

While many companies were failing, ABC Office began to grow. Avoiding the fate of other Dot.com companies, ABC Office applied traditional brick-and-mortar strategies to their virtual business. This included real customer service representatives, a full warehouse and a service department.

ABC Office now sells to businesses around the world. To see a full line of products, click here.

Photo ID has undergone a variety of changes over the last few decades.

July 7th, 2006

Photo ID PrintersIf you have been shopping for cameras, you may have noticed that most of them are now digital. They are easy to use and allow the user to select which pictures to take. Most modern-day digital cameras can store hundreds of pictures at one time, which is much higher than the capacity of traditional film-based cameras.

It is also less expensive to print the pictures you want rather than print an entire roll of film. Printers can now print pictures that are equal to and better than traditional photography.

Photo ID has also changed along with cameras. Traditional ID cards were made from photographs and Polaroid pictures. The photograph was cut to size, put on a pre-printed card and laminated. Although some people still prefer that method of creating photo IDs, most people are now switching to digital ID card printers and systems.

Modern day ID card systems use a digital camera, PVC cards and a digital ID card printer. ID cards can now be designed and printed using ID card software. Templates and cards can be saved for replacement prints. Digital ID cards can be easily updated and edited. As technology changes, photo IDs will continue to evolve.

Feel free to browse through our selection of ID card printers by going here.

Counterfeit money continues to be a growing problem.

June 30th, 2006

Counterfeit Money DetectorsWe recently brought out several counterfeit money detectors to see how effective they were against fake currency. We tested out money from local businesses and banks. We also threw in a few sheets of blank paper.

The counterfeit detectors did their job and were able to decipher real from fake. This is especially hard with today’s technology.

Copy machines, high-resolution printers, scanners and more can make it easy to copy money. Criminals can use just about any personal computer to try and copy bills. Many bills appear legitimate and may be difficult to verify with the naked eye. Counterfeit bill detectors use a variety of methods to verify money.

The three most common types of counterfeit detection methods are UV (ultraviolet), WM (watermark) and MG (magnetic). UV detectors have a dark light that makes built-in features in tangible currency light up and appear yellowish green. Watermark detectors have a built-in light that allows users to see watermarks such as a face. MG detectors detect magnetic ink that is in U.S. currency. When a bill is slid over the MG detector, a light or other indicator will let the user know if it is authentic or fake.

The pen detector is another widely used device. It uses a chemical solution that uses coloration to determine bill authenticity. Magnifying glasses are also a great way to pick out minute details that a printer can’t easily reproduce.

Many criminals are bleaching five-dollar bills and printing 50 and 100-dollar denominations on the paper. This makes the bill feel real and will even pass through some counterfeit detectors. It is recommended to use a detector that implements several detection methods or a combination of several counterfeit detectors.

You can see all our counterfeit detectors by going here.

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