Everyone knows where to take their used clothes or aluminum cans, but telecom equipment and other electronics aren't so obvious. If you have a growing collection of unused or seemingly outdated telecom equipment at your business, you may be asking yourself what you can do about it. There are several options in terms of disposal of used telecom equipment, but in order to make the best decision, first ask yourself these questions.
What are you hoping to get?
The answer to this isn't quite so obvious. Initially, the thought is, well, money! But, when you get to the core of what's important to you, a big return on your investment may not be the most important thing. If you're short on time, for instance you need to make room for the new stuff, your main priority may not be cash at all but instead it's finding a company that can quickly take your equipment off your hands. Or, perhaps you're still in the market for a new telecom system in which case you may be in search of a company with trade-in programs.
How are you dealing with stored data?
Disposing of used IT and telecom equipment without wiping the data can be dangerous for you and your business. Your telecommunications systems can hold information from your employees contact info to shared documents. If you're unsure of how you're going to deal with information left on the equipment, a professional telecommunications company can no doubt help you solve the issue and ensure you're not leaving your data unprotected.
What are the options regarding selling the parts?
You may be trading in your telecom equipment because parts of it are no longer working. The good news is, they're not totally useless. Companies that take old telecom equipment can often repurpose your junk and are happy to take it off your hands. But, be sure that you're aware of what works and what doesn't before accepting offers. Working parts are worth more than non-working and you don't want to be short changed.
What are the trade-in options?
We touched on this a bit, but it's worth a second look. When it comes to your trade in options there are several. You could do a straight up trade in for cash which is quick and simple. But, you may be able to get a bit more return if you opt for consignment. Not all shops will offer this option, but if you don't have a problem waiting a bit for the equipment to sell, you could come up with a bit more in the end. Or, your trade in could count as credit toward a new purchase.
How do I choose a trade-in company?
Just like you would with a home contractor, you should interview potential trade in partners. Ideally, you want to find one with extensive experience not only with trade-ins of telecom equipment, but also with newer technologies. Finding an organization with a vast knowledge of the equipment you're trading in will ensure you've got seasoned professionals working for you.
If you need help answering any of these questions or aren't sure who to turn to for your final trade in, contact SingleSource Communications to discuss your telecommunications equipment options.