When you’re going to sell your used networking equipment, clear communication between you and your chosen service company is vital to a successful execution of your disposition or decommissioning efforts. Let’s check out a few of our essential tips to help you get started.
Used Networking Hardware: Handle with Care
The hardware as a whole may not be found to be worth anything, but every effort should be made to recover as much material as possible. Your network equipment may have traditional hard drives or flash storage that should be handled appropriately. Where would you dispose of these materials?
This is why it’s a good idea to use an outside firm to handle disposal. You don’t want to hear or read in the news that your old hardware was found polluting a nearby beach or river. Storage devices such as HDDs should be crushed so that no sensitive data may persist to fall into the hands of others. The leakage of such information can be very detrimental to an organization if proprietary information is revealed.
There is Value Hiding in Even the Most Seemingly Worthless Equipment
There is currently a mindset in IT that says that used equipment is worthless, or at least not worth the hassle of tracking it down, identifying it and assessing its value or using a firm to extract the value. This is not at all the case, as even hardware that is relatively low value as a whole can contain components that are quite re-marketable.
The complexity of network equipment varies a great deal, from huge monolithic routers and switches to the smallest of components like SFPs and other adapters. Network equipment that is no longer cutting edge can be taken apart and assessed on a component by component level to see if there is any value hiding in there. Value after is thoroughly tested to ensure proper functionality and then made ready for sale.
Don’t Misrepresent the Condition of Your Equipment
Providing accurate information about your hardware is important. Of course, this necessitates that you actually know about your hardware. Some seem to think that they can misrepresent the condition of their equipment and that the firm or buyer that they are selling it to won’t bother to check. Don’t characterize equipment as working unless you have tested it or used it in production yourself. Reputable companies engaging in ITAD, or IT Asset Disposition, must validate each and every item they resell they will find a defective product and make sure that it works before they can sell it.
It wouldn’t be a good thing if their testing finds that some of the hardware you gave them doesn’t work. If this turns out to be the case, this will inspire them to carry out even more testing on your equipment. If you have been untruthful about your hardware and it ends up costing the company that purchased some money, rest assured that the company will be in touch for some kind of restitution.
Good ITAD firms will test your equipment and pay you according to the value of your equipment in light of the success or failure of their testing. End users buying your equipment directly may or may not try to get their money back. Even if there is no financial risk, you don’t want the bad mojo that comes from donating or selling non-functional hardware masquerading as working hardware.
A Complete and Thorough Inventory Will Make Everything Easier
The best tool in any activity like this is a complete inventory of your equipment— containing serial and model numbers, purchase dates, condition of the hardware and possibly even pictures. Providing this to an outside firm will give them all the information they need to know to assess your environment. Generally, a purchase order will be initiated to cover the estimated value of the equipment, with payment coming as soon as your equipment has arrived at their facility and been tested to be in the stated condition.
Different Resale Values for Different Vendors
Different manufacturers have different characteristics when it comes to reselling and remarketing. Cisco hardware can be rather difficult to resell, especially on your own. Juniper Networks comes out with new models frequently so unfortunately it is sometimes hard to resell them. But if the hardware is not too old it can be quite valuable for a small window of time. Extreme Networks is so new that it is hard to anticipate what will happen to its used equipment when it enters the resale market.
It’s really advisable to sell your network equipment to a firm with lots of experience with these different manufacturers. They can leverage this experience to get value out of your used networking equipment and in turn get you more money. The money you earn will likely exceed anything you could have made from finding buyers yourself and you avoid reassigning IT professionals away from their regular tasks.
Assessing Your Equipment’s Value: Doing it Yourself versus Selling it to a Firm
You could do you own research and estimate the market value of all your equipment, but it would be much simpler, easier and much less headache if you rely on a company that specializes in this activity. Make sure you have the correct serial and model numbers because this will not only give you false impressions about the value of your equipment, but also confuses your potential buyer. You could look up these prices yourself, but it would be much easier to hire a professional firm that handles this type of thing.
Sell Used Networking Equipment to a Firm Specializing in Used Networking Equipment
It is a lot simpler to sell all your networking equipment to a firm specializing in IT equipment disposition. This frees up you and your staff from doing something that you likely do not have experience doing. Finding a home for used IT equipment is not part of the typical IT worker’s skill set. It is much more efficient to let your team does what it does best, managing your organization’s production equipment, and leave the decommissioned and aging equipment to the specialists.
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