There are many ways to get rid of your networking equipment, but they’re all kind of a pain. You can stack up your useless hardware until it collects a pile of dust the size and consistency of an itchy Christmas sweater, but there are other options out there. Here are just a few:
Throwing It Out:
Actually, this is not an option. There are federal regulations in place to protect the environment from e-waste. You could get in a good deal of trouble and it could end up costing you the big bucks. Not the way to go. Moving on…
Sell It Yourself. Are you able to provide satisfaction guarantees and warranties? Repairs and support? If the answer to these is a resounding “No.” and you’re trying to go on eBay in the hopes of scoring big, be prepared to be let down—most folks will not pay top-dollar for hardware that is unprotected and could be DOA (dead on arrival).
Hardware Disposal Service:
Of course, you’d have to pay for this service, but there are a few companies out there that will get the job done on your behalf, making sure all data is destroyed and then properly disposing of your e-waste. Again, though: $$$
You probably figured we were going in this direction. But seriously, an IT reseller is the safest and most cost-effective way to go. When you find a trusted reseller, there is little risk involved and a greater return to be made on your assets. Consider how much money they were initially purchased with and then consider the needs for new future purchases; you’re going to want to cash these in for as much as you can. A trusted third-party reseller will also wipe all of your data thoroughly, so there’s no need to worry about data leaks from old assets. If they can’t sell it themselves, they’ll responsibly dispose of your gear—except this time, you’re making the money instead of spending it on a service.
Whichever way you choose, consider that you can reduce e-waste and make money at the same time.