Helpful Tips when Buying Quality Used Computers and IT Equipment

Oct 28, 2019

If you own and operate a tech company, chances are you need to stay pretty up-to-date with the latest technologies.  The same is not true for every business, though, and many do just fine without paying top dollar to upgrade annually, or to buy the newest equipment when they do have to update systems.

If your needs are pretty basic (word processing, email, basic management software, and website and social media interfaces, for example), you may only need to upgrade every few years, and even then, you could opt for refurbished computers and IT equipment.  This is a great way for small and mid-sized businesses to save money on what has become a major expense.

That said, you need to be careful what you buy and where you get it.  You’ll definitely want to find a South Dakota reseller that you can rely on to provide refurbished equipment that’s in good working order.  There are a few things you’ll need to look for to ensure you find a reputable dealer, along with computers and IT equipment that will meet your needs for a while.

What to Buy

The difficulty when purchasing used and refurbished equipment is making sure to buy products that will serve your needs, not just now, but moving forward.  If you purchase equipment that is too outdated, it may not be supported (or not for long, in any case), or it might not integrate well with needed software and systems, for example.

It’s important to fully understand your needs so you can relay them when considering used equipment.  This way the seller can recommend equipment on hand that may suit your needs, or point you in another direction if nothing suitable is currently available for resale.  Remember, it’s not like ordering new online, where all the options are at your fingertips – you’ll be limited to what other businesses have done away with during their own upgrades.

Where to Buy

Finding a reputable and reliable retailer is essential when it comes to the resale market.  There are plenty of shady characters grabbing whatever they can find from the trash, the side of the road, or other sources, with no knowledge or care as to whether it will work for your needs (or work at all).

If you can find out about return rates for a particular refurbishing operation, that could give you clues as to the chances you’ll be satisfied with your purchase.  Often, the best way to do this is to seek a referral from other area business owners, or simply read online reviews.

Killing Two Birds

When you upgrade to new computers and IT equipment, you’ll need to get rid of the old stuff.  For this reason, it’s not a bad idea to consider an asset management company that offers shredding and recycling services, as well as refurbished technology for resale.  Look for a certified ITAD (IT asset disposition) service provider that complies with all applicable privacy and environmental laws when it comes to shredding, recycling, and refurbishing computers and IT equipment.

If your Sioux Falls, SD business is seeking ITAD services, refurbished equipment, or both, contact the qualified and reliable experts at SEAM today at 605-274-7326 (SEAM) or online to request a quote and learn more.

SEAM provides IT recycling and data destruction services including onsite shredding and hard drive wiping to South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Schedule a pickup or contact us for more information.