The decision to buy used computers can be a very sound, responsible investment for your IT needs if executed properly.
Depending on your company’s needs, well-maintained, used computers can fulfill your requirements quite well and at a fraction of the cost. But where you purchase your used computers and IT equipment can be the most important decision in the process.
Here are a few things to discover when you’re choosing the best place for you:
Check the source:
An obvious but often overlooked question you’ll want to ask any supplier of used computers is where their computers come from. Ideally, you want to your reseller to acquire their computers from a corporate environment, where IT equipment is more typically well cared for and maintained. The refresh cycles on corporate equipment tend to be shorter, as well, so you are more likely to find more recent models available.
Check the testing protocol and quality certification:
A quality supplier should certify their used computers, through a series of rigorous audits and tests by certified technicians where the equipment is graded and their proper functioning is assured. The resulting reports should all be available to you to review before purchasing.
Check the guarantee:
Many used computers and IT equipment are sold without a guarantee. There is no good reason why you shouldn’t expect a properly certified and tested computer to not be guaranteed. A 30 day period is generous and you should insist on it.
Check the repair service:
A quality vendor should offer repair service on all your equipment, whether it is within warranty or not. They should be able to repair whatever they sell you, and you should not be left to completely fend for yourself after the warranty runs out.
Check the price (of course):
Quality used and refurbished equipment should be affordable, presenting you with appreciable value. Be sure to compare apples to apples, the same model to same model, both the brand new price to the used price, as well as what other companies are charging for the same, well-sourced, used equipment.
Check the reviews:
The beauty of today’s connected world is that buyers are given incredible power in helping other shoppers find the best deals and the best sellers.
Read reviews to find out what others are saying about the company you’re considering purchasing your used computers from. If you find good reviews, chances are you’ll have the same good experience. If you find poor reviews, you might want to think twice.
At CWI we offer quality certified used computers through any one of our online retail outlets. We have been a top-rated seller on EBay since 1998, a feat that requires extreme attention to service and quality. In fact, more than 10,000 customers from EBay and our CWI Online stores have given us a satisfaction rating of 99.9%.