To Refurbish or not to Refurbish – Network Hardware
Every single human being loves to buy new things, but sometimes refurbished is as good or even better than new, especially when we are talking about refurbished network hardware.
Imagine you must save the Earth by flying a rocket towards an asteroid in order to blow it up. Also imagine that you are Bruce Willis in the movie Armageddon, except that in this scenario someone tells you that they have two rockets you can use. One of them is brand new, never tested before except in controlled simulations, absolutely experimental. The second has been battle and space tested, it blew up a couple of times but after some repairs and upgrades those glitches have been absolutely eliminated. Which one would you choose? If you’re Bruce Willis, you might choose the brand new one and take the risk of failing but driving the latest model while doing it. For us, common individuals, the other choice would probably be wiser. This analogy has a point – the second rocket is what we would call refurbished.
Refurbished VS Used
There is a huge difference between used and refurbished, and although their meanings interconnect, the usage of one to mean the other is the main reason why most people confuse them.
Refurbishment is the distribution of products, usually electronics and electricals, that have been previously returned to a manufacturer or vendor for various reasons, like not sold in the market or new launch of a product. Refurbished products are normally tested for functionality and defects before they are sold to the public. They are repaired by the original manufacturer and resold. The main difference between “refurbished” and “used” products is that refurbished products have been tested and verified to function properly, and are thus free of defects, while “used” products may or may not be defective. Refurbished products may be unused customer returns that are essentially “as new” items, or they may be defective products that were returned under warranty, and resold by the manufacturer after repairing the defects and ensuring proper function.
Other types of products that may be sold as “refurbished” include:
- Items used in field tests, sales displays or demonstrations;
- Items returned for reasons other than defect, and tested by the manufacturer;
- Items returned to the manufacturer because the box or item was damaged in shipping;
- Used items that have been donated to a charity or non-profit organization;
- Leftover equipment sold by a downsized company to a 3rd party.
However, the following types of products are considered recycled, not refurbished:
- Previously leased units that are returned and resold after the lease ends;
- Used electronics that have been returned to an electronic recycling program.
Used Hardware can mean many things. Some companies advertise used and refurbished as identical types of hardware. Used Hardware generally equipment that has been set to the side and has not been thoroughly cleaned or tested. The used item purchased is normally expected to arrive in fully functioning condition. This isn’t always the case with used condition. Have a look into the differences:
- There is no real testing performed before it is put on the market;
- A technician or engineer has not inspected the system;
- A used item is not put through stress tests or real world applications;
- The inside is not cleaned out;
- Usually, used items are sold “as is” (ASIS) and without the ability to custom configure to your needs.
For better or worse you are getting what you pay for. The used system could come in in great condition or you could end up with an underperforming server or even missing components. Un-refurbished equipment can cost your business days of downtime and put you behind on projects while preventing you from answering your customer’s needs.
What makes IT Hardware component considered refurbished?
Refurbished components or network hardware products are primarily used items that have been reconditioned, refurbished or recertified by IT professionals who are trained in how to completely overhaul electronic components:
- The refurbishment or recertification process includes full burn testing of all components and a thorough cleaning of both the inside and outside of the equipment;
- Even hardware equipment taken out of a clean data centre environment can be filled with dust and in need of additional care;
- Whenever you are buying second hand IT equipment it is always a good decision to work with a company who has an established refurbishment system. This is similar to having a mechanic look under the hood of the used car you want to purchase, which provides you with the knowledge that you are making the right investment;
- Our team works with used IT equipment on a daily basis and we apply a proprietary refurbishment process that is a leader in the industry;
- Once the engineers are highly qualified professionals that make hardware components look and function as new.
We deal with all Distribution, Suppliers and Logistics in EMEA and we’re able to deliver refurbished network hardware within 48 with discounts that go up to 90% of list price (GPL)!
That’s right, Sun Evo Tech delivers you cheaper hardware than you can expect… and with the same quality of the brand-new hardware! You can even check our stock for refurbished network hardware and find out all the advantages of our Refurbished Program!
We work with the highest trustable partners to make this dream come true, such as CTDI – with whom we actually were recently invited to check by ourselves their latest technology portfolio & abilities on the refurbishment fields.
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Business Development Director
Sun Evo Tech