According to European Commission statistics, waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is expected to grow to more than 12 million tonnes by 2020. The ecological hazards of a throwaway society go hand in hand with new technology continually entering the market – an upgrade often sees faster, more scalable and higher performing equipment replacing older pieces of kit.
It can be tempting to think older, redundant equipment doesn’t have much value left and so it’s relegated to the store room where it languishes, forgotten, taking up valuable storage space and contributing to overheads. But in reality, redundant equipment often still holds significant monetary value as a result of a buy-back or trade-in scheme.
And this is where the ‘secondary’ (or ‘green’ market) comes in. The secondary market distributes refurbished, used, recycled, discontinued or new products that are in good working order.
Benefits of the Secondary Market
- It’s the environmentally responsible option put simply, hardware refurbishment reduces waste by allowing kit to be used to its full potential for the duration of its useable life. It means less electrical equipment going to landfill and a move towards a more sustainable, low carbon economy. And as an organisation, it allows you to demonstrate support for your green initiatives.
- It’s vital for spare parts for systems in need of parts which are discontinued; where the manufacturer has ceased trading or in cases where availability is restricted and parts are difficult to track down.
- It’s more reliable than you might think there is a common misconception that buying refurbished equipment is akin to buying a second-hand car – you may get lucky and find it works and goes for years, but you may also be riddled with costly problems and unreliability. However, a reputable trader will ensure refurbished equipment is tested to manufacturer standards, ensuring it’s every bit as good as new with a warranty to prove it. And because the equipment has been restored to such high standards and thoroughly tested, failure rates will be greatly reduced, meaning the equipment will last longer and retain its value for longer too.
- It can save you up to 90% refurbished hardware can have a considerable impact on your IT budget. Allowing your budget to stretch further, you’ll have the option to purchase additional equipment, invest in a new project or reallocate funds elsewhere. Whatever your plans, such impressive cost savings are hard to ignore.
Our extensive facilities mean we can offer guaranteed refurbishment for your network, server and storage equipment, restoring it to manufacturer quality standards and extending its valuable life.
We offer a wide range of repair and upgrade services and contracts for your faulty, out-of-warranty routers, switches, firewalls and network equipment with a guaranteed 1-year warranty upon completion.
Following stringent environmental and legal regulations, we ensure equipment is disposed of in accordance with European WEEE guidelines and provide a certificate of destruction accordingly.
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Talk to us today about buying or selling your kit. Our team has over 40 years’ of experience in the marketplace, so you’ll be in good hands.
We Know Our Kit...
Whether buying previously refurbished hardware or refurbishing your own kit ready for redeployment, there are some significant benefits to be gained. We have a proud heritage in the secondary market. We use our expertise to source new and used equipment for sale or resale and provide a cheaper and sustainable alternative to buying new.
We have a large inventory of manufacturer-grade, refurbished hardware available for resale with a one-year return-to-base warranty. This includes EOL and EOS products unavailable elsewhere in the market so you can choose to replace individual items of legacy equipment without needing to invest in a complete new infrastructure.
And if you don’t need or can’t afford to buy refurbished kit? We have a range of services to help you get the most from your existing architecture.
Asset depreciation is unavoidable, but we can help you realise the maximum value for your equipment, either by trading in at the right time, or by extending its useable life, a fast, affordable and environmentally-friendly alternative to replacement.
We can also help you to balance your evolving technological requirements with your available resources. With a better understanding of your asset lifecycles and support options, you can regain control of the upgrade path and capital expenditures, enabling you to make the right decisions at the right time to suit your business, not your equipment manufacturer.