Setting up a home office can be quite an expensive exercise. You've got to have a PC or laptop, a desk, chair, decent office space, Internet, printer, and the list goes on and on. It's a lot to cater for when you've got more important things to do - like finding new customers and making money.
That's why it's important to take a scientific approach to kitting out your home office. Empower yourself with knowledge and insights into what represents a genuinely good deal on a new desk (or PC, bookshelf, etc) in order to save money during the all important startup phase.
Before we begin, feel free to skip ahead to any particular office price comparison list you're interested in:
- All in One Desktop Computers
- Traditional Laptops
- 2 in 1 Laptops
- Office Chairs
- Computer Desks
- Office Desks
- L-Shaped Desks
- Laptop Stands
- Lap Desks
- Desk Lamps
- Floor Lamps
- Filing Cabinets
- Wall Clocks
The trick to finding the best deals on anything from computers to home office furniture is not necessarily to shop around, but to understand the price points of all the items you need. This might sound like something a market research firm would do, but it's actually quite easy.
Note: We had a request from one of our readers that started out in the forums but has been converted into a full post given the amount of data we gathered. Here's the original forum post:
I'm starting a side hustle and I want to kit out my home office with everything I need to get my business up and running - from a desk and chair to PC (or laptop), printers, stationery... you name it.
I read your list of the best office supply stores but that doesn't really focus on deals for office hardware, furniture and equipment. Plus those sites are so big you can waste months combing through everything to find anything half decent.
What I need is a deal site that gives me the best office and business products at the lowest price, without me having to search through thousands, or millions, of items to find what I'm looking for. Where are the best deals for small business entrepreneurs?
At any given point in time, there may be hundreds of sellers all competing with each other to sell the same item. This means that the price of almost any popular item fluctuates regularly. Sometimes, for very short periods of time - like an hour or two. GoPennyGo can pick up these changes in virtual real-time making it invaluable for entrepreneurs looking to pay as little as possible in startup costs.
In addition, by analyzing price fluctuations for a given group of products (say, the top 10 laptops) it is also possible to work out a Buy Rating metric that can tell you whether a specific product is an Fantastic buy or not.
A 'Buy Rating' uses historical price data, combined with list price information, discounts, price fluctuations and current price to classify a product as an Fantastic, Good, OK, or Bad buy right now.
Here's a list of the top office products with price histories and price comparison charts, along with customer reviews and host of other sales and price data to help you get the best deals possible. Please note that prices on this service update on an hourly basis, so it's important for you to check the live site for updates (click on any of the charts to view the live data).
Understanding the Price Comparison Charts
Each chart is a plot of Price (on the x-axis) vs. Percent Discount (on the y-axis) as well as popularity/sales performance (size of the bubble - a big bubble indicates better sales).
What you want to see are large bubbles appearing high up on the chart and close to the left hand margin - this would imply they are a good deal because they offer a big discount, are cheap and sell well.
* All prices and products were accurate at the time of publication. However, you can click on any of the links to view the live data for that product and obtain accurate pricing data right now.
1. All in One Desktop Computers
2. Traditional Laptops
3. 2 in 1 Laptops
6. Office Chairs
7. Computer Desks
8. Office Desks
9. L-Shaped Desks
10. Laptop Stands
11. Lap Desks
12. Desk Lamps
13. Floor Lamps
14. Filing Cabinets
17. Wall Clocks
There are actually plenty more lists of products that might be useful to entrepreneurs and small business owners on GoPennyGo's price comparison site. And, because there lists are curated by human editors, if they are missing something you want to see drop them an email and they'll add it to the price tracker for you.
If you shop for deals using this price tracker, drop a comment below and let us know how much you saved ordering stuff for your office.