When selecting used electronic test equipment, there are several things one should consider. The first is quality. Is the used electronic test equipment you are considering purchasing of good quality? In many cases, the quality of the electronic test equipment can be determined by the name brand.
Another consideration when you are shopping for used electronic test equipment is the vendor or supplier you are dealing with. Are they reliable, and do they own the used electronic test equipment or are they simply a broker? It is better to deal with a supplier that actually owns the used electronic test equipment, this way they can handle returns should there be a problem with the test equipment.
The word “used” often describes a product that is sold in “as in” condition and many times does not carry a warranty. You need to be cautious of these types of used electronic test equipment. Discuss the conditions of the sale with the supplier in depth to insure you are getting a fair market value for the used electronic test equipment you are looking to purchase.
Does the supplier of the used electronic test equipment offer a repair service for the used equipment they sell? Has this equipment been calibrated and tested for accuracy? These are very important points to consider when purchasing used electronic test equipment as with any test equipment. Should the equipment give a faulty reading, it could result in serious injury. Always exercise caution when selecting a supplier to purchase your used electronic test equipment from. A qualified supplier uses a qualified or certified electronics lab for calibration and repair of the test equipment they sell.
On the economic side of purchasing used electronic test equipment is the fact that one can realize a 30-70% savings on the acquisition of the cost of the test equipment. Warranties and guarantees should also be discussed and if offered can provide another source of security when purchasing used electronic test equipment.
Finally, purchasing used electronic test equipment can be a wise investment. Not only do you benefit from the cost saving, provided you ask the right questions of the supplier and you build a good working relation with them, they will be a good source for more used test equipment in the future.
Ocha has been in sales and sales management for over 24 years. He is currently in marketing and support in the distribution industry. http://www.infoworthsharing.com