[caption id="attachment_2856" align="alignright" width="300"] Used Cisco with extra protection. A good move.[/caption]
There is a long standing, proven track record of quality used Cisco hardware. When you buy high quality used Cisco you get all the performance and reliability you want from Cisco hardware, but with the bonus of saving a bundle. If you work with the right vendor, you can even get a lifetime warranty.
Pretty sweet, right? Well, it actually gets better.
Not only can you get your Cisco switches and routers at low costs and lifetime warranty by going the pre-owned route, you can get added protection from a hardware replacement / maintenance plan for just a little bit extra.
Some of you may be thinking "What a minute. If it's pre-owned how do I get SMARTnet?"
Well, you don't. But you can buy a hardware replacement service that can save you up to 60% of the manufacturer maintenance plan. Yes, there are alternatives to SMARTnet when you buy pre-owned Cisco routers and switches.
This means for just a little bit more money you get a solid plan B with 3 layers of protection.