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How To Buy Used Equipment For Your Business and Still Get Good Stuff

written by: staceytg•edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 7/6/2011

There are many ways that you can save money with your business, but one of the best and easiest is to buy used equipment for your business.

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    When you run a business from home, you want to make sure that you have the best deals possible. Your business needs all the start up cash it can get. A good way to go about this is to look at used equipment, but how do you get the best deal possible?

    Why Should You Buy Used Equipment?

    There are many reasons that you might want to buy used equipment for your business, but the biggest reason is probably going to be price. Your business can get some really great products for a low and reasonable price if you decide to go with something used. Going with something that might have been used for a short time can often save you 70-50% of the price of the product used. Computers are a good example of this. You are able to pick up a nice computer online for almost always the lowest price possible.

    Another good reason that you should look at used equipment is that there are more things to choose from most of the time. You also will have a wide range of pricing to look at instead of a standard price that you have to pay to get that certain product. Ordering older computers that still have the capability to do the job will help you to save money, but still get some good equipment, even if it is used. For example: I have a MAC that is a 2001. This is a lot older than most computers, but it came with all the software that I needed and runs better than some of the new computers that I found. The price was also unbeatable at $200.

    Where To Buy Used Equipment

    Some of the best places to buy equipment is online. You will have a wide range of products to choose from and the equipment can be better than you might think. I got my computer from eBay on a buy it now auction. I did research on the price, and the specs that I wanted in a computer. This made it easier when I found the one that worked well for me. You can also look at used equipment retailers. I found that there are some good deals on Amazon as well as many independent online retailers that you can buy from. Make sure that you do your research so that you know what the best deal is for you.

    Another good place to look for your used equipment is in your local used computer or equipment stores. These can be found in your hometown most of the time and have some reasonably competitive pricing. The worst part is that they might not have the computer or equipment that you are looking for if you have already decided what you wanted for sure. Where I live, there is no place that has any kind of MAC computers. I had to buy online if I wanted to get the model and style that worked for my business and me.

    Pawnshops are also a good place to get a used computer or camera for your business. Make sure that you are getting at least a short warranty of some sort so that you are covered if something goes wrong with the computer. They might have some of the styles that you want as well as a decent price on them. Try the computer out before you buy so that you know if there are any problems that you might see up front.

    Rental places are also available to buy new and used equipment for your business. Often times you are able to get a warranty plan with your equipment so that you are not worried about damage. Be careful of these places, though. They charge high prices and you might end up paying twice what your computer or other equipment is really worth.

    When you are buying used equipment, make sure that you think about what you are getting and have a good plan in place. This will help you to not get something that is not going to be good for you in the long run.