Risks and Benefits of a Trusted Reseller Verses a Spot Buy

IT Hardware Specialists

There are many sources for refurbished or “secondary market” purchases.  Understanding the risks and benefits of buying on the spot market verses an established reseller is critical when you are making a decision to replace, upgrade or expand your network.

The Spot Market

Some have likened this market to betting one number in game of roulette:  the odds of you winning are very low.  If you are buying on the spot market, it can be very difficult to know if the equipment has been taken care of properly, where it came from, and to verify its authenticity.  It’s probably being sold “as is” and has no warranty support to speak of.

So if something goes wrong, it’s up to you to solve the problem.  And that could mean down time, buying replacement equipment again, and draining an already stressed IT budget.  And there is always the danger that once you install it, it won’t meet manufacturer standards and could perform poorly.

The Trusted Reseller

A relationship with a trusted reseller can net you cost and time savings in the long run.  A vendor partner who has been in business for years, who has a proven relationship with suppliers and can verify the origins of your equipment, can be the difference between a successful installation, build out or upgrade or a disaster.

A rigorous inspection process minimizes risks, and live customer service that can answer questions, and solve any problems that may arise are invaluable.  You’re also dealing with professionals who are interested not just in the sale, but who want to earn your business and a long term relationship.  Whether you are an enterprise user with multiple worldwide locations, or a single location, utilizing a trusted resource for your refurbished IT hardware needs is a wise and budget friendly decision.


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