Reservations about buying and selling used telecom equipment run a wide range of common concerns. Luckily, many of the concerns people have are common misconceptions and procuring and selling used equipment is quite advantageous on both ends. Check out some of the common fallacies surrounding used telecom equipment.
Myth #1: It's too old, no one will want it.
False. Just because the technology has been surpassed after a few years doesn't mean it's a useless piece of junk. There are often components inside the devices that can be used in repairs. As a matter of fact, up to 60% has potential for reuse. True, there may be more advanced technologies out on the market, but telecom equipment has certain staples and purchasing them at a discount is never a bad thing.
Myth #2: If someone got rid of it, there must be something wrong with it.
This is not necessarily true. Often times, companies find themselves with a surplus and instead of letting it take up room in their facilities, they'd rather off load it for a profit. In many cases, the equipment is still available for warranty coverage.
And if you're dealing with used equipment, don't automatically assume that it was tossed due to it being faulty. Larger companies have bigger budgets and possibly service level agreements between their IT department and the business. Depending on the type of business they may need to keep the latest and greatest equipment in their shops which means whatever they're getting rid of isn't obsolete, it just doesn't suit their needs any longer.
Myth #3: Shipping costs eat your profit.
This will vary depending on your location, but shipping costs should not be considered a barrier. Most of the time you should be able to connect with a local supplier. Depending on the amount your off loading, you may have to pay for palletizing by a specialist, but more often than not, if the company you're selling to is in town, you can either ship using less expensive methods or simply drop it off yourself. But, if you're not happy with the local selection, shipping costs can sometimes be covered by the telecom company purchasing your goods.
Myth #4: The only benefit of buying pre-owned is the price reduction.
While a lower price tag generally comes along with purchasing refurbished equipment, there are other benefits to buying used. It's not uncommon for companies to participate in some sort of "going green" program. Procuring used equipment falls within the category of reducing waste – two birds, one stone. Also, hard to find equipment routinely turns up in the refurbished metaphorical bin. If you're searching for a hard to track down piece of equipment, check pre-owned stock online.
Whether you're in the market to buy or sell your used equipment, SingleSource Communications can assist you in finding the options best suited to your needs.
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