Which experts can you trust in a contract negotiation?

When you’re trying to negotiate a settlement between an incumbent office equipment supplier and a new supplier, it can be difficult to know which ‘expert’ to trust when it comes to the figures, especially, when each party has a vested interested. One of our clients found this out to their detriment after an attempt to…

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Can you really trust online reviews?

When you are researching a new supplier your due diligence process will undoubtedly include a look at user reviews, utilising platforms like Trustpilot and Google. If you found a supplier with an 80% or more positive rating you would automatically assume they are pretty good – but what do those reviews actually mean? Taken at…

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A Charter Mark Offering Office Equipment Buyers complete Confidence

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When you’re charged with sorting the lease and purchase of your office equipment – copiers, franking machines, telephone systems and shredders, there’s a lot on your shoulders to make sure you get a deal that delivers what your organisation needs, within budget. And salespeople are there to SELL, often working on a commission base, so…

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Even solicitors need contract advice

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Calling on an expert witness to support a case in court can be costly and time-consuming. Legal teams know the need for independent evidence to support a case, but usually don’t seek that subject matter expertise until the court requires them to do so. The problem is, when an appropriate witness is required to appear…

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How to take away the pain of contract small print

Business owners know the small print of a contract is essential, but most wish it was someone else’s problem. Why? Contracts are a time suck when you don’t know what to look out for and, when you’re not an expert, there’s always a nagging doubt you’ll have missed something critical that will hit your bottom…

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Beware the ‘trade-in’ or ‘upgrade’ scam

Do you remember the days of the ‘trade-in’ offer when you went to buy a car and the dealer gave you money back for your old car or reduced the advertised price of the replacement by the agreed trade-in allowance? Over time and as more and more people financed new or replacement cars, a ‘trade…

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Twelve Top Tips

Contracts

If you are about to enter into any agreements (new or upgrading) with a supplier of Office equipment, before you sign remember: Never accept Finance and servicing / Usage charges as One single payment, they are separate elements, keep them separate. Managed Services are designed to manage the money from your account, they are not…

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Not what you ordered

We have talked many times about unfair and sometimes plain crazy terms in contracts which people have signed. We don’t know why they would possibly sign these contracts or likewise, how the contract owner ever thought to add some of these weird and whacky terms but it is a fact, they do. A visit to…

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Top 10 Tips for 2019

If you are about to enter into any agreements (new or upgrading) with a supplier of office equipment, before you sign anything, remember: 1. Never accept finance and servicing / usage charges as one single payment; they are separate elements – keep them separate on separate agreements. 2. ‘Inclusive copies’ on your copier are not…

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