The Myth of Brand New: Why Used and End of Life IT Hardware is the Way to Go

Everyone wants that shiny new toy. When we’re kids, it’s the latest action figure or doll. When we grow up, not much changes; we want the latest offering from Apple or the flashiest Jeep on the lot. There is a prevailing myth that when we buy something brand-new, we are making the best bet and casting our lot with the soundest investment. And when it comes to IT hardware, this myth still clouds the judgement of even the savviest of businesswomen and men. Why should I settle for a toy another kid has played with? Why wouldn’t I want a car with no miles on it? These are the first thoughts that get in the way of a consumer making the wisest purchase.

We live in an interwebs-dominated culture. Whether we’re sharing the best cat memes (but seriously, have you seen the one where two of them play patty-cake??) or placing an order from the comfort of our desk, it’s important to have reliable network hardware that will fuel the very IT network our hobbies and livelihoods course through.The copious benefits of buying refurbished vs. new should become abundantly clear after reading this ever-so-handy highlight that, like a white knight, will vanquish the horrendous dragon that is The Myth of Brand-New from the kingdom of your mind (see what I did there?).

 Purchasing used network equipment will save your wallet from undue distress.

Who doesn’t like to save money? It’s like getting free money just for being super clever about how you purchase (aka frugality). Refurbished & used IT hardware resellers, planIT Hardware in particular, will offer you the same powerful equipment at 60-90% the cost of buying at list value, so you can beef up that IT network of yours.

 You don’t have to compromise on warranties and protection

This isn’t the back alley. Any reputable Cisco reseller, for example, will provide some sort of warranty with purchase. planIT Hardware offers a 90-day warranty to retailers and a 1-year warranty to end users (rest easy, friend).

 Experience appreciation instead of depreciation!

You know that guy that’s always selling last year’s iPhone to help pay for this year’s? Don’t be that guy! The majority of new technology depreciates in value (by 50%!) in about 18-24 months, just like a new car would. And then there’s you, sitting pretty with your used Cisco router. A wise investment, indeed.

 Who said anything about “used”?

Sure, some refurbished items may be lightly used, but most these items are restored to like-new condition by professionals–and then there’s the fact that some items were never even used, but simply returned. The only difference? The price tag.

“Says who?”

IT hardware items are tested for integrity by folks who know, so you can have confidence in the quality of what you’re purchasing.


These are just a few of the many reasons to buy refurbished. Older IT hardware will often use up less electricity than the newest models, helping you save on energy costs. It’s the “green” thing to do, if you’re eco-trendy. The list goes on…

Bottom line: buying used is just plain smart and buying from PlanIT is just plain…smarter.

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