1. Visit ─ via web site or in person ─ a reputable retailer
who carries several different types and lines of filing equipment. Files,
like furniture, come in various grades, from top of the line to economy.
Try to settle on a specific grade and manufacturer based on features
desired, durability, reputation, warranty, and cost.
Consider only durable, quality filing equipment. This doesn't mean you
must look for-the very best, but beware of "economy" lines since filing
equipment is used constantly and must hold up well over a long period of
2. Contact several vendors and compare prices of similar equipment.
3. Check with other organizations to see what types of equipment they're