Refurbished or used? That’s the biggest dilemma.

If you are running on a tight budget, you can’t quite afford the overpriced new products out there, yet you don’t want to compromise their quality, then you might consider buying second-hand equipment.

You can get great value from both used and refurbished products especially if you know where to look. But how do you really differentiate between products that have been certifiably inspected and can still offer great benefits and ones that have been plainly used and resold?

While used products certainly have reduced prices and can save your business a large amount of the budget allocated for upgrades or replacements, they can have a very risky impact on your money almost immediately. Used goods are generally referred to as goods that aren’t anymore in their initial condition after being purchased. This means that in their handling process, their quality may have suffered damages without repairs or modifications, leaving them to function at a smaller standard or having aesthetic damages. These products do not undergo quality check-ups and repair services and are sold in their present condition.

Refurbished products have multiple things in common with the used ones: they can be used after they are purchased, they can be damaged while being used, but there are also several important differences between them: refurbished products withstand a serious inspection before being offered for sale again, they generally come with services from vendors and you can commonly still find those products in the spectrum of OEMs. As part of their inspection, refurbished products go through repairs and remodeling to make sure they operate at their initial specifications. You can take as an example Apple’s refurbish policy to see how their phones and computers are overhauled and given for sale on their website.

Purchasing advantages also differentiate them: while used products may be cheaper, refurbished products come with some kind of warranty, providing you with additional safety in case one of your items breaks. One example is our advanced replacement warranty, which provides you with the shipment of a new item before getting the damaged one back to our warehouses. Refurbished products may also look better than used ones, as inspections usually mean also restoring their design and their aesthetics.

If you have a tight budget, and the high prices of OEMs do not fit into your plans, you can try out our refurbished products at, where you can find hardware and systems compatible with OEM products (such as CISCO, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Oracle, and PeakOptical), at smaller prices, while delivering the same value.

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