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“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Søren Kierkegaard
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, originally a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, then a film by David Fincher, tells the story of a man who ages backwards. In the movie adaptation, the seemingly ageless (I mean, c’mon…really) Brad Pitt is the perfect lead as Benjamin Button, a child who is born a small old man, who grows into a middle aged man, and so on, progressively getting younger as time passes. With such a unique and logic-defying concept, we at planIT HARDWARE immediately were reminded of how digital technology and its hardware progresses in much the same way. The first computers took up entire rooms; the first cell phone was as big as its inventor’s head. Now, we have palm-sized devices that fit in our pockets and serve several functions all in one small, sleek unit. From boxy, slow and bulky to fast, compact and sleek: this is the progression of digital hardware, and it bears a striking resemblance to that of Fitzgerald’s character.
Whether it’s new and slim or older and bulkier, we’ve got whatever you need here at our IT hardware warehouse, all in tip-top shape.
With devices like the Apple “iWatch” in development, let’s just hope these technological advancements continue to focus on function and don’t devolve into mere childish gimmick.
Earlier this week, we looked at how the advent of the Internet created an open-source free market of sorts. The Internet gave more power to the people, allowing for sharing and trading from consumer to consumer. Eventually, consumers themselves began starting their own small business within this online marketplace. When you bring a pizza to the party, everyone’s gonna want a slice.
Soon enough, programs like Napster arrived, allowing for what is known as peer-to-peer, or P2P, sharing of files—in this case, digital music files. Metallica, among a few other big-name bands and major labels, lashed out at the web upstart (founded by a college dropout and a web wunderkind) with lawsuits. Even though Napster settled the lawsuits and lost its relevancy among the general public, it changed the game in the music industry, and forced even the big leagues to adapt to these changes. Since then, many small businesses, websites and companies have sprung up to become players in the music industry.
For years, Cisco had labeled the secondary market for IT hardware as a gray market, stating that when products are purchased through this “gray market,” rather than through Cisco, they (Cisco) cannot guarantee the source and quality of those products. They shunned the secondary market for years, considering it a threat to the sale of their new equipment. Finally, back in the fall of 2011, Cisco announced that it will embrace the resale of its own used equipment by reselling its own refurbished equipment to non-authorized Cisco brokers on the “gray market.” Secondary equipment resellers have been waiting on this “If you can’t beat them, join them” attitude for quite a long time. And while Cisco still doesn’t make it easy for “gray market” vendors to sell to Cisco end-users from outside of the channel, their own sales of used Cisco equipment act as an affirmation that what they label as the “gray market” is actually a legitimate marketplace.
The secondary market is an actual ecosystem of tech resellers and active customers (end-users) that are buying and selling such equipment outside of the channel endorsed by manufacturers. Secondary-market resellers are best known for providing used or refurbished equipment at a fraction of the cost of if it were to be purchased new. It is also worth mentioning that not ALL of the equipment on the secondary market is old equipment. Many secondary resellers provide a quantity of new equipment that was purchased from a manufacturer’s overstock. Bankruptcies have terminated many IT projects, and changing business demands can cause the end-user to actually never utilize or even open the products. Resellers can acquire used equipment from IT organizations that are upgrading or shifting technologies. These resellers then test and refurbish the equipment thoroughly before making it available for resale. There are many benefits of buying in the secondary market; value proposition on the cost of new vs. refurbished equipment is the main thesis here, but let’s not forget product availability and quick shipping times. Most resellers have inventory that ranges from current back down the line to 5 years ago. This gives the ultimate end-user a “price range/equipment needs” to work with when deciding which products to buy. Shipping most products within 24-72 hours–compared to the 3-5 weeks it takes for a manufacturer to build the product–holds an immense value alone.
Here at planIT HARDWARE, we take pride in providing our customers with new and refurbished equipment. Every product sold has a one year warranty (for end-users) and has been put through a series of tests by our in-house technicians to ensure that it is in great working condition.
When it comes to buying new or used network hardware equipment what do sellers really mean? NEW, USED, REFURBISHED, NEW-OPEN-BOX, NEW-IN-BOX are all terms that people use to describe their equipment, but such terms can be used loosely. Here, I will list these terms and explain exactly what they mean so we can cut down on confusion and people can get back to not working while watching the Masters.
NEW: New – Indicates that the item is unopened and direct from Cisco or the manufacturer.
NIB: New In Box – Condition is the same as if it had come direct from manufacturer.
NOB: New Open Box – Box has been opened. Basically the same as NIB, but the seller should state if the inner static bag has been opened for product testing purposes. All of the accessories and packaging should be there as if it had been purchased new.
REF: Refurbished – Equipment has been restored to good cosmetic and working condition. Items have undergone a series of inspections and tests to make sure they are in good working condition.
planIT HARDWARE sells new, refurbished, and NOB IT hardware with a 90-day(vendors)/1-year(end-users) warranty and any refurbished equipment has been put through rigorous testing to ensure that all items are in excellent working condition. We pride ourselves on saving our clients 60-90% in discounts. Please visit planithw.com