Why IT Remarketing is a Solid Solution

May 22, 2019

Rapid advances in technology have led to high turnover in equipment and electronics, not only for consumers, but for businesses as well. If you want your North Dakota business to remain competitive, you need an IT management strategy that includes regular upgrades to take advantage of the latest advances. You’ll probably want to consider upgrading equipment every 3-5 years, as a general rule of thumb.

When this occurs, you’ll have to decide what to do with outdated technologies that you no longer plan to utilize. Some items, like hard drives, can be shredded to eliminate all traces of information and minimize risks for data breach and identity theft, in keeping with privacy laws. Other equipment and parts can be recycled. Unfortunately, there is a lot of e-waste and computer components that are still ending up in landfills.

Findings from the Electronics Take Back Coalition showed that as of 2010, the EPA reported that only 40% of computers were recycled in the U.S., resulting in roughly 255,000 tons of computer e-waste alone going to landfills. The numbers for monitors, hard drives, and other equipment and electronics were even worse. With sales of electronics increasing dramatically, there is natural concern about the amount of e-waste being generated, and where it’s going. As of 2018, it was forecast that nearly 50 million metric tons of e-waste would be generated globally.

Recycling is obviously better than chucking your e-waste in the trash, but is it the best option for your business? Many North Dakota and South Dakota businesses are unaware of another avenue: equipment remarketing.

Why is this a smart solution for your business and what’s the best way to approach it?

Benefits of Remarketing
There are several good reasons to consider wiping your hard drives, refurbishing IT equipment, and reselling it. For many businesses, the main attraction is return on investment. Upgrading IT equipment and devices is costly, if you can recoup some expense through resale of still-viable electronics, why wouldn’t you?

As a bonus, you free up office space that might otherwise be used to store outdated equipment and devices following a major overhaul of IT infrastructure. Not only are you paying for that space, but it could also open you up to the risk of a breach if left unsecured.

Then there are environmental benefits. As responsible stewards of the planet, we all want to do our part to reduce waste and pollution, and one of the best ways for businesses to do this in North Dakota or South Dakota is by bucking the linear consumerism trend and finding ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, especially where IT equipment and electronics are concerned.

When you wipe hard drives in accordance with applicable privacy laws, there’s no reason you can’t refurbish and resell equipment to give it a second life, keeping it out of landfills even longer and earning some return on investment (ROI) in the process.

How to Responsibly Remarket IT Equipment
The best way to ensure compliance with privacy laws and industry standards when you decide to remarket used IT assets is to work with a certified IT asset disposition expert that can thoroughly wipe hard drives to eliminate the threat of data recovery. A company that also refurbishes and sells devices on your behalf is even better.

If your South Dakota, Nebraska or North Dakota business is interested in remarking used IT assets, contact the reliable professionals at SEAM today at 605-274-7326 (SEAM) or online for more information.

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.