So many companies are targeting discretionary spends during these difficult economic conditions. The Ryanair style of cost savings is fashionable now. It’s ok to buy your groceries in discount supermarkets, it’s socially acceptable to go to buy your clothes in second hand stores and in the office environment it is now common place to borrow a pen or pad from a colleague because the stationery cupboard has run bare.
So when you are buying office supplies where can you save money without compromising the functionality of your office? So when you’re looking for office supplies online – the first thing to do is to ignore brand names. As with most own brand products in the FMCG world – the big brands make the cheaper alternative brands. In our case, it’s called 5 star. The 5 star office supplies are the economy brand and in most cases are fantastic quality office supplies made by leading manufacturers.
So if you are looking for post it notes or Pukka pads there are most certainly cheaper alternatives available. Make sure you spend the time to look through all the brands available under that particular category of office supplies.
One word of advice. It’s fine to buy the generic or own brand of office supplies. When it comes to ink and toner our advice is that you stick to the original brands. The technology associated with copied cartridges does simply not stand up yet. It is much better to buy HP or Epson cartridges rather than spurious brands.
So look out for the generic brand of office supplies. Cheap office supplies are, in most cases, just fine to go with. If you are looking for good value office supplies in Ireland then go to Google and type in Office 1. You will be surprised by their prices.