The refurbished computer market can be an excellent choice if properly researched, and purchased from a high-quality company with a great track record. Here are five good reasons to consider going refurbished with your next IT equipment purchase:
1. You’re on a Budget
Of course! This is the big one. It’s estimated that you can save an average of 25% to 50% off the retail price when you go with refurbished computers. The savings can really add up, especially with larger purchases.
2. You Don’t Need the Latest and Greatest in Computers
Many businesses and applications don’t require the latest, cutting-edge technology or performance. If you don’t require graphics intensive uses, for instance, there is no need to be spending the money on the latest hardware when that is not where your business needs lie.
3. Refurbished Computers are Environmentally Responsible
Reusing is even better than recycling. There’s no need to dismantle a perfectly good computer that still has years of productive life remaining. It’s a good thing to do from both an economic and an environmental standpoint.
When a business is ready to turn over its computer equipment and upgrade to the latest systems, recycling is often the first thought.
Recycling used computers is a good idea, granted, much better than a one-way trip to the landfill, but there’s a much better approach: used computer remarketing.
Remarketing is About Extracting More Value
The idea behind remarketing is that most computers, especially those sourced from a corporate environment, have more life left in them than one might think. This is a result of two thoughts: Corporate environments tend to take much better care of their IT assets, and many companies take pride in staying on the cutting edge of technology, so they’ll replace computers on a fairly brisk 3-5 year cycle.
The decision to buy a used computer, or a set of them for your business, is a balancing act between value and performance. Properly vetted, a good used computer can save you substantial money and provide you with an appreciable life span of highly productive use. To really make it worth your while and investment, however, there are a few questions you should ask before making the leap.
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:
Actually, It Depends…
When to replace your used computers is a difficult question and there is no real right answer. Depending on what kind of computer it is, what it’s used for, and who you ask, you’ll most definitely get a different opinion.
As a recent Computerworld article explored, some computers are replaced every eighteen months, some every five. Most every three to four years. Shorter for laptops than desktops, due to their travel and durability issues. But as new software continues to gobble up and require more processing power, and higher computing power becomes more and more affordable, the lure and logic of trading in all your used computers becomes more pressing.
So, you’ve got a pile of used PC computers to contend with? Or maybe you’re planning a big company-wide upgrade that will leave you with computers to spare?
Before you think about disposing of or recycling those old computers, consider the value of remarketing. With remarketing, you can maximize the value of your used PC computers and put cash back into your pocket.
As a company or an individual, your challenges are similar when it comes to getting rid of unwanted used computer assets.
Whether monitors, hard drives, laptops, desktops, printers, or servers, you want to find the best way to get rid of your unwanted assets while protecting your sensitive personal data, minimizing negative environmental impact, and maximizing ROI.
There are 3 common routes to take when disposing of used computer assets:
The fear of valuable information remaining in older computers may be preventing an appreciable number of companies from remarketing or reselling old computers and other IT equipment.
A recent study of UK companies showed that a large number of IT department heads are choosing, instead, to dispose of valuable hardware that still has years of useful life remaining. Our guess is that we would see a similar trend among US companies.