What is used IT Equipment?According to TechTarget, An IT Asset or piece of IT equipment is any company owned hardware or system that is used throughout the course of operating the business. Used or refurbished IT equipment or IT assets are simply pieces of equipment like networking hardware, computers, barcode scanners and office headsets that were previously used by another individual or company. Used equipment can also be called refurbished or repurposed. When a company decides to buy used IT equipment, it can help them save on upgrading costs while still obtaining the desired equipment.
Is it safe to buy used IT equipment?Saving money when upgrading or changing your used IT equipment or IT assets is great. However, it should not come at the expense of your company, its proprietary information, or its data. When you are purchasing used or refurbished IT assets, it is important to verify the legitimacy of the company in which you purchase from. Verifying that the assets, whether networking equipment, office computers or headsets, are in good working condition AND that they have been wiped of the previous users information is imperative. To learn more about the process of how IT assets are safely disposed of, check out our Secure ITAD article.
Should I buy used IT Equipment?Oftentimes you can reduce the overall cost incurred if you buy used IT equipment. When considering if buying used IT equipment is right for you, here are a few questions to think through:
- Will the used equipment function and perform the same as new equipment? If so, then purchasing used equipment can assist you in saving money while achieving the same functionality goals.
- Does the vendor that has the equipment have a legitimate business with verifiable reviews? If not, it is best to look elsewhere, even if it means paying more.