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.

Digitally record sounds and speeches with a voice recorder.

June 20th, 2006

Digital Voice RecordersWe recently added three new digital voice recorders to our Web site. These recorders are used to capture sound, speeches, conversations and even phone calls. These new voice recorders are the equivalent for recording sound as the digital camera is for capturing images. These recorders store the audio, some up to 65 hours that can later be transferred to a computer for editing or later note taking.

Digital voice recorders are commonly used by students, doctors and lawyers for recording interviews, speeches and more. Rather than having to worry about a tape, all the data is stored digitally in the recorder that can later be stored to a computer and burned to a CD. Tapes tend to lose their integrity over time. Digital data will retain its integrity for years. Tapes limited to a small amount of space, usually ranging 20 to 90 minutes. The sound quality with digital recorders is far better than traditional analog tapes.

A wide variety of businesses and professions prefer to use voice recorders. Doctors will record medical findings, students will record class lectures and private investigators/reporters will use them for gathering data. These are just a few examples. A built-in speaker, or included headset, lets you listen to previous recordings on the spot.

Digital voice recorders are very compact, and do not need to make space for a cassette tape. They can easily in a purse or pocket. A phone attachment makes it possible to record conversations for investigational work or for preserving memories. You can see ABC Office’s entire line of digital voice recorders by going here.

The Max-Bantam counts paper with speed and precision.

June 12th, 2006

Max Bantam Paper CounterThere are many paper counters out there designed to count large stacks of paper quickly and efficiently. Many of the paper counters out there measure the thickness of a stack of paper and give a precise “estimate” of the total number of sheets. I figured this must be one of the quickest and most economical ways to count paper.

ABC Office eventually came across the Max-Bantom paper counter. This paper counter counts ever single sheet, rather than measure the thickness of the stack. This gives you a precise total every time. I counted a stack of 388 sheets of paper four times, and the counter came up with 388 every time.

The Max-Bantom was easy to set up and use. I was surprised to find that batch counting could be done with the push of a few buttons. I decided to set the machine up for batch counting every 20 sheets. After 20 sheets, the counter placed a tab in the stack of paper.

This paper counter is certainly worth looking at if you are in the market for a fast paper counter that can keep precise count of paper inventory. We are in the process of getting the video ready for the Web, but you are certainly more than welcome to request a live video demo. Our customer service reps will get a camera and show you every little detail over the Internet.

You can sign up for the live video demo by going here.

Our desktop marketing tips for small businesses can help you look professional.

May 9th, 2006

One of the most common ways to advertise and promote a new or existing company is by using a business card. Outsourcing business cards to print shops can get expensive. Initially there are often minimum quantities. The price can also go up as the card is customized and personalized. Color and double-sided printing can also bring up the cost.

You may want to consider creating your own business cards. Most laser and ink-jet printers are capable of creating high-quality prints. Simple software can be used to create business cards. The cards can be created to your exact specifications.

Business Card CuttersOnce the cards are designed and printed, you can easily cut them out with a business card cutter. Business card cutters quickly cut cards to size and a high rate of speed. Business card cutters cut cards with a straight edge, unlike scissors that can make edges wavy and awkward. One such business card cutter is the Cardmate business card cutter. You can see our entire selection of business cards by going here.

Paper folders are another valuable addition to any office. They can be used to quickly fold a variety of pamphlets, brochures and other literature. We also recommend using equipment such as laminators, paper cutters and binding machines to help create marketing and advertising material.

If you need to print literature in high volumes, you should consider looking at a digital duplicator. They use ink, which costs far less than traditional toner found in many copy machines. You can see the difference in cost between toner-based copy machines and ink-based digital duplicators by going here.

If you are unable to afford office equipment to get your business up and running, remember that we offer several leasing options. Leasing is an effective way to get people into equipment they need now with little money up front.

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