Should you buy Refurbished or Excess Telecom Equipment?

By: Charles Carter
The competition to provide telecommunication equipment at affordable prices is a driving factor behind the growing telecommunications 'refurbished equipment' market and you may be able to take advantage of the circumstances.

In many cases purchasing refurbished equipment can save you 20 to 30 percent compared to buying the equipment new. And many cards and telephones have been discontinued by manufactures - your only source may be the refurbished equipment vendors for older equipment.

New-to-market or new-from-manufacture equipment is usually only available from authorized dealers and they will usually offer product support and warranties, two important factors when purchasing equipment.

However many 'refurbished equipment' vendors will offer support and warranties as well.

How do you decide to buy new or refurbished? Consider the following:

Savings - Buying the equipment refurbished can save you 20%-30% when compared to new equipment. If you're buying a lot of items - this savings can add up quickly.

Vendor- Buying refurbished equipment from a reliable/dependable vendor is key.

Dependability - The equipment purchased from a reliable vendor should last for years and come with a warranty.

Some other things to consider:

Has the equipment been Recertified? - Recertified indicates that the equipment has been inspected, cleaned, tested using similar methods that were employed in the 100% certification of newly manufactured equipment and repacked in new boxes providing the same shipping security as though it were new.

Has the equipment been factory serviced? - Factory serviced indicates that the equipment was returned as 'bad' and repaired at the factory.

Once you have all the information, then you can make an informed decision to buy refurbished or new.

PbxInfo.com is offering a  for refurbished or excess telephone equipment. Check our listings if you're in the market for telephone equipment.


Article by Charles Carter

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