Over time IT professionals and companies have increased purchasing of pre-owned network hardware. People have come to realize that they can get reliable routers, switches, phones and other items at a fraction of the cost of buying new network hardware. Furthermore, you will receive great warranties and a high level of support if you work with the right company.
Despite the list of benefits, and the proven track record of reputable pre-owned network hardware vendors providing reliability ratings equal to or better than new network hardware, some people still have not tried purchasing pre-owned switches, routers or other equipment.
They like to buy new network hardware each and every time without exception. After all, it’s new. It’s shiny. It feels good. In a way, it’s kind of like getting behind the wheel of a new sports car. That’s all well and good except for one thing.
That’s right. A new switch isn’t a new car. It doesn’t have a cool paint job. It won’t get help you get dates. It won’t make you look cool. There are no bonus points for owning a new switch.
The only thing a new switch and a new car have in common is the following:
The moment you drive it off the lot (break the seal on the box), it is used.
The resale value instantly plummets like a stone. Hope you enjoyed the moment.
You now own a used switch and there is no new switch smell to make you feel better about your purchase.