Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells
I want an Aeron chair
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells
And some QuickBooks software
Yes, dear Inc. reader, there is a Santa Claus. He comes during recessions, toting sacks full of discounted office chairs, memory cards, and restaurant coupons. He's even offering free webinars on government contracting. We thought that was weird--Santa isn't known for bringing webinars. But hey, in tough times, you take what you can get. Read on for the latest in our series on discounts & deals for business owners.
Deals for yourself
Memory cards are getting cheaper and cheaper. Last week I saw a 2GB card for $12.75, but refrained from buying it. Good thing; today there's a 4GB card for $8.75 with free shipping. (Newegg is selling it; thanks as usual to Brad's Deals for pointing it out.) Get yours quickly, before I buy them all and resell them at Best Buy for $27.99.
Deals for your employees
Those cheap Restaurant.com coupons are now even cheaper. You can get a $25 gift certificate for only $2 by using the code SANTA when you check out, according to Brad's Deals. Make sure to read the fine print though; there are usually a lot of restrictions.
Deals for your company
If you have a lot of shipping to do, check out ShippingSidekick.com, where you can compare prices from DHL, FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service. The site used to charge a subscription fee, but now it's free. Also, check out the rates offered at EShipper.com. It can access the same discounts that big corporations get, because it ships large volumes.
In one of my posts last week, I highlighted an Office Depot coupon giving customers $45 off a purchase of $225. The coupon expires Dec. 31, and doesn't apply to tech products. In case you don't need $225 worth of printer paper, the store is now offering $10 off $30 with this coupon. It expires Dec. 22 and comes with a host of restrictions—including the fact that it can only be used in-store.
We don't want OfficeMax to feel left out—they're offering a bunch of deals, including up to $125 off a variety of office chairs.
Have you been thinking of switching to Intuit? On Monday, the company announced a 20 percent discount for companies that switch to QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions from Sage MAS 90 or BusinessWorks Accounting by Jan. 31. (By the way, if you are pondering such a move, please tell us why in the comments section below—we're always looking for entrepreneurs' opinions on business software.)
Make a New Year's resolution to break into the government's supply chain. First, read our September advice column on selling to the government. Then head over to GiveMe5.com, where OPEN from American Express is offering free government contracting webinars and podcasts. Topics include "The ABC's of Government Contracting" and "Four Easy Lessons in Free Market Research."
Office Designs has a variety of deals on Aeron chairs, including a customizable chair for $674, marked down from $749, and a Mirra chair for $539, marked down from $599. You can even get free shipping! The sale ends Dec. 20.