New vs. Used: What is right for you?
Samantha Noble, Marketing Manager
Choice is a wonderful yet complex concept. We all have choices to make, some big and some small. Use this morning as an example, not only did you decide whether or not to wake up, you chose who you woke up beside. Ultimately, all choices result in consequences. We try to select the best choice that will garner positive consequences. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we may choose incorrectly, but at least we tried, right?!
Similar to individuals, organizations have choices. With budgets to satisfy, shareholders to appease, and profits to gain, companies need options in order to make educated and logical decisions for their organization. Alright, I am sure you are dying of suspense and wondering where I am going with this introduction. I am writing to make you aware of the CHOICE… (Drum roll please) to decide if your company should purchase new or used POS equipment! I hope that was not a letdown…
Purchasing new equipment has obvious benefits including: up to date technology, the latest appearance, and extended warranties. I am not going to argue against obvious. Rather, I am going to suggest potential benefits in purchasing “pre-owned” POS equipment.
In the article Leveraging Used IT Equipment, Adam Braunstein argues that buying used IT equipment may be a great choice even outside the bottom dollar arena. First, Braunstein discusses the negative connotations often associated with the term “used.” With POS equipment, “used” can describe a number of different things: cancelled orders or product returns, demonstration equipment, excess new inventory, and asset recovery. For me, none of these descriptions create an image of old greasy hardware touched by 100,000 fingers prior to purchase.
Next, used equipment is the ultimate ROI builder. Often, IT managers think that they have to replace broken systems with brand new equipment. Why not purchase the same system for a replacement, so you can maintain the existing infrastructure? New technology is not always as glamorous as it can at first appear.
Have you ever heard of certified pre-owned Equipment? Of course this means something to you! What about a certified, pre-owned car compared to craigslist or private party purchase? While a dealership is much more credible, they also often provide great incentives other sellers cannot. These include services such as: road-side assistance, an extended warranty, and a car that has been cleaned, detailed, and inspected by professionals. Does the certified pre-owned buying process bring about the same connotations as a used purchase to you now? The craigslist or private party (used rather than certified) vehicle may come with a share of surprises, a need for a new engine, perhaps? Would anyone like a “lemon” in their water?
My point in all this is Retail Tech sells IBM certified pre-owned equipment. Without boring you with details, our pre-owned equipment includes a 90 day warranty and maintenance contracts comparable to buying new. Sound enticing?
Braunstein’s article goes on to state more points:
1. It doesn’t matter if you buy new or used equipment from a maintenance standpoint. You are going to need parts when the equipment breaks down or needs repairs, new or used.
2. There is an extremely positive “Green” element to purchasing used.
3. Supply shortages in new equipment have led to frustration amongst purchasers. Used equipment has an ease of being shipped same day as it is sitting in a warehouse.
As you have read, purchasing pre-owned equipment has a lot of benefits outside the cost savings. To clarify, this blog post is not meant to sway you from purchasing used equipment over new. The bottom line is that Retail Tech sells both. In turn, we have no hidden agenda when trying to sell you equipment. I wrote this to make you aware of your options. As a consumer myself, I feel it is only fair that our merchants present us with choices. Simply stated, every company has different IT goals, what is right for you? Either way you can get it with Retail Tech.
Still not sure what is right for you? Top 10 reasons to buy Certified Pre-owned IBM equipment