The concept of office privacy booths is one of the more popular innovations in the modern workplace. They're a welcome addition to just about any office layout, including open-plan offices, cellular offices and co-working spaces.
Although it’s the open-plan layout that has mostly driven the need for quiet spaces, more businesses, including startups, are keen on adopting these revolutionary office furniture features.
A privacy booth provides a secluded, noise-free area where anyone can comfortably make a phone call or work peacefully without worrying about background noise and eavesdroppers.
Plus, a phone booth serves as an ideal location for some alone time. A few minutes in a phone booth away from all the chatter and chaos of the workplace is an effective way to relieve stress and sharpen focus.
Buying New or Used Office Phone Booths
Dozens of vendors, manufacturers, and dealers have popped up in this growing product segment. If you’re in the market for new furniture like Zenbooths and you're trying to decide what to buy, you might find it a bit challenging evaluating all your options.
There are many important elements to consider, such as the build quality, price, add-ons and comfort. You may even be enticed to go for used office phone booths due to their seemingly low cost.
A second-hand booth may look like an attractive purchase, but chances are, it would be a bad investment and require more financing long-term.
Here are the top five risks of buying used office phone booths.
1) Untrustworthy and Unverified Sellers
Many used office booth vendors are not verified sellers. This is the case with most second-hand item dealers. They are mostly individuals or small firms that you find online selling one item at a time.
Not to paint a bad picture of the second-hand marketplace, but the truth is, it’s easy to get ripped off by untrustworthy merchants. They may fail to deliver the product on time or even refuse to do so altogether.
Of course, there are agencies you could call upon to secure your transaction, but even that is not guaranteed to work.
Plus, hiring a third party to follow up on your business will definitely raise the cost and increase the delivery time.
2) Used Office Phone Booths with Questionable Qualities and Features
In the used items market, sellers are not always accountable for the condition in which your product arrives at your doorstep. You might receive a damaged booth or one that doesn’t match the original description.
Damages may occur during transit since resellers mostly use courier services to transport their items. There is also a chance that the booth may have already been damaged before the sale.
Always ask yourself why the original owner opted to sell their booth in the first place. Maybe the booth was outdated or didn’t meet the owner’s expectations.
Remember, second-hand sellers can easily misrepresent their wares using attractive but misleading product descriptions. Keep in mind that what you see is not always what you get.
3) No Warranty
Only new products come with a warranty. Reputable manufacturers and vendors have so much faith in their products that they are willing to back them for years.
Unfortunately, sellers dealing with used office phone booths can't provide any meaningful promises or guarantees. Even when a warranty is provided on used booths, it follows stringent conditions that are often biased towards the seller.
This means that should anything go wrong with the booth after the purchase, it’s up to you to make the necessary repairs.
With a new phone booth, however, the seller takes care of any defects or malfunctions should there be any within the warranty period.
4) Void Return Policy
Goods sold in the second-hand market are usually not returnable or refundable. This may not be made clear by the seller, but that’s the general rule of thumb.
This denies you the chance to experiment with various office phone booth layouts to find the best fit. Besides, if you are not satisfied with a product, you should be able to return it to the seller and get your money back or at least exchange it for a different model.
Second-hand dealers don’t provide a money-back guarantee because there is usually limited stock and variety. If you’re not happy with any of our Zenbooths within the first 30 days after purchase, we’ll gladly come over, take it away, and return your money – no questions asked.
5) Knock-Off Brands
As we said, second-hand dealers don’t hold themselves responsible for what they sell in the way that the original manufacturer will. This means that credibility is often an issue.
There are several brands of office phone booths, and some of them are cheap knock offs imitating the top brands. You could easily get tricked into buying a sub-standard product, convinced that it’s the real deal.
Knock offs are made with low-grade materials and their build quality is a far cry from the originals. Sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish the fakes from the real brands, which is why it’s always a good idea to buy new booths from legit suppliers.
Get New Office Phone Booths from a Credible Seller
When it comes to office phone booths, buying new is the right way to go.
The price of a brand new Zenbooth is as low as $4,495. If you think about the booth’s value, that’s a small price for a high-quality product that has the potential to do everything from boost productivity to reduce workplace stress. Plus all of our booths are eco-friendly.
The main problem with used products is the lack of accountability on the seller’s part. Plus, in most cases, the small price difference is unjustifiable.
We have a range of different size booths to meet the demands of the modern office. Our Zenbooths come with a variety of useful features such as ventilation, occupancy sensors, and data connectivity.
Zenbooths are made from sturdy wood and aluminum materials finished to create smooth, easy-to-clean surfaces. Not to mention their 3.5” thick walls that dampen noise from inside and outside the booth.
Get your Zenbooths in as soon as seven days with a three-year warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee.