Buying network equipment can seem pretty complicated if you aren’t too sure what to look for or what to expect during the process — especially when you’re looking for refurbished IT hardware or refurbished network equipment.
Here are just a few tips to help anyone who’s looking to buy used network gear:
- First, you’ll want to make sure that you’re working with a trusted reseller; you’ll want to be sure that the equipment you’re purchasing has been verified by the professionals and has a good warranty policy if it doesn’t operate as advertised.
- Remember that used IT equipment is, in many cases, just as good as “original” equipment. Many IT systems don’t need the newest hardware on the market, and there’s no point in spending all the extra money purchasing new equipment from the manufacturer when you could pay much less for used equipment sold by a reseller.
- Don’t be afraid to ask your reseller for references. Many services that sell used network equipment will have references and testimonials available on their website, but don’t be afraid to ask for these if you can’t find any.
- Think about trading in your equipment in order to get a reduced price when buying network equipment. If you know that your older equipment isn’t operating as well as it could be, you might end up spending way more money by keeping it around and repairing it.
- If you get a quote and it seems too good to be true, it probably is. This one should go without saying, but when you’re buying network equipment, it is really important to know that you’re getting quality equipment from a trustworthy seller.
Now we want to hear from you — what questions do you have about purchasing used network equipment? What tips might you give to someone else? Be sure to share your thoughts!