Buying Refurbished: The Solution To Driving Down Tech Costs

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If you own or are in the process of building a startup business then you’ll be more than familiar with the importance of keeping costs down. Many fledgling entrepreneurs find themselves walking the fine line between investing enough to ensure that their business has the infrastructure to grow and prosper while keeping costs manageable and avoiding unnecessary overspending. When it comes to tech, this problem is especially pronounced.

Of course, businesses want to futureproof themselves to a certain extent and be tech savvy in ways that will increase productivity and drive profit. The trouble is that stocking your business with up-to-date technology rarely comes at a low price. Chances are that you’re familiar with the money that you can save by buying refurbished consumer tech for the home. Why not apply this to your business and save money on everything from vacuum cleaners to servers like the 8202-e4c? Many entrepreneurs shy away from refurbished tech, assuming it to be used or unreliable. Here, we’ll dispel some of those misconceptions and review the benefits of buying refurbished tech for your business.

Dispelling the myths

Let’s be clear here. Refurbished is not the same as used. There are numerous key differences, but in a nutshell, used items have been used by consumers then resold. There’s no guarantee as to the efficacy of the item or what it was used for (a used laptop could have been used as a drinks coaster for all we know). Refurbished items may have been employed in some capacity but have been re-examined, refurbished (which may include replacing worn or defective parts) and re-warrantied by the manufacturer. This comes with numerous benefits such as…

Reduced cost

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. Refurbished tech is similarly reliable to new tech, only much cheaper. Refurbished items, for numerous reasons, cannot be resold as new despite in many cases being new for all intents and purposes. This results in sizeable discounts from the manufacturer on which your business can capitalize.

Rigorous testing

Before refurbished products are put back on the market, the manufacturers will hold them to the same quality assurance standards as new products. They’re not just given a lick of paint and repackaged, they are rigorously tested by the new manufacturer and they can only be refurbished if they pass those tests.

Warranties and manufacturer support

If there’s one thing that entrepreneurs could use a little more of, it’s peace of mind. Thus, it should be heartening to learn that refurbished tech is warrantied just like its shiny new counterpart. This means that you can expect the same warranty coverage as you might expect from a new item. You’ll also enjoy the same level of manufacturer support that you’d expect from a new item (provided that they’re purchased from the original manufacturer). After all, business owners have enough on their plate without having to worry about tech issues.

It’s better for the environment

Keeping your office paperless is all well and good but e-waste is one of the biggest environmental problems that we face in the 21st century. Millions of computers and electronic devices are emptied into landfills year on year resulting in harmful deposits of toxic mercury into bodies of water (not to mention wasting precious metals like copper and gold).  Refurbishment extends the life of these devices and keeps them out of landfills.

Just a regular computer user. I write for regular users like me. When we grow up we are taught basic security tips like how to cross the street. But we are not taught how to take care of ourselves online.