Guide to Buying Office Stationery & Supplies

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Everyone uses stationery, whether it's at work in the office, at home or in the school classroom, so choosing a good stationery retailer  is important as over the course of time, you are likely to spend a fair amount of money on small items such as staples, diary inserts, pens, etc... to perphaps large more epxensive purchases like a shredder, laminator or printer so you need to make sure that you feel happy and comfortable with your retailer and you are get the best prices and service available. 

On the whole the best prices can be found online and this is great as you can shop at your leisure, view a retailers entire range of products and save a lot of money compared to high street prices.  Th only real disadvantage is that you will typically need to wait for at least 24 hours for delivery of your order.  However you buy your stationery and office supplies, whether it is from one or a number of retailers online or offline, you should expect excellent service, including access to a person who can answer your questions, . 

Choosing a site for online ordering becomes a matter of personal preference but you can use the list below as a guide. 

  • Do they have knowledgeable customer service reps available when I call?
  • Do they have next day delivery?
  • Will they special order items not in your warehouse?
  • Can I place orders online?
  • Will they deliver to multiple locations?
  • What is their minimum order requirement?
  • What are their payment terms (credit card, credit account, proforma invoice)?
  • Think total cost first and price second
  • The vendor's return and warranty policies, delivery time, technical competence
  • Product quality

Online Benefits: When it comes to product selection, online office supply stores are the hands-down winners. Most online dealers typically carry around 16,000 different products and buying office supplies online lets you generate a list of items you purchase regularly, so it's easy to re-stock your supplies. You'll search one time for exactly what you need, add it to your list and there it stays, allowing ensuing shopping trips to be as easy as the click of a button.

Recommended Retailers

UK Office Direct ( - Offers over 20,000 office products, including stationery, business machines, printer consumables, computer supplies and office furniture at discounted prices.  Save up to 85% off rrp, free next day delivery, price match guarantee and hassle-free returns.

UK Office Store - Affordable solution to all your office furniture needs. We supply office chairs, office tables, leather office chairs, operator chairs, executive chairs, Canteen and bistro furniture, reception chairs and tables, stacking and visitor seating, office desks, pedestals, storage units, conference furniture and meeting room tables. We can deliver throughout the UK.

Paper Punch - 160000 heavily discounted brand name office supplies, office furniture and stationery products - money-back guarantee on all items!

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