At some point during your career as a networking professional you will face the question of what to do with your old networking equipment. Many IT pros wind up paying an electronics recycling company to take away their old gear instead of handling the disposal themselves. Doing so provides ensures that the old gear goes away quickly, but electronics disposal can be quite expensive, making it an unattractive option from a financial perspective.
What if I told you that there is another option and that it won’t cost you a penny and that you could make money on the deal? I imagine that you would assume that I am joking or that there was some kind of catch. In reality, I’m quite serious—you can dispose of your old networking equipment and make money in the process.
Would you be interested? Of course, you would—what networking professional wouldn’t be?
Today we are going to explore the idea of selling your used networking equipment rather than paying someone to haul it away. Yes, I just suggested that you sell your old switches, routers and firewalls. Here’s why: When you sell your old networking gear rather than paying for it to be recycled, you’re keeping those electronics out of a landfill. At the same time, you’re giving another company the chance to buy the legacy networking equipment that they need. The reseller will pay you for your old gear—sometimes even if some of it is broken if they want to use it for parts—and you no longer have to worry about what to do with it.
Are you wondering if selling your old networking equipment is safe?
This is a very common question. Yes, selling your old networking equipment to a reputable third party reseller is very safe. You can ask the reseller to wipe out any sensitive information contained on your system (although this will usually cost you something) or simply remove any components you feel necessary and sell all of the rest of the system components instead. The choice is yours and you should choose whichever option makes you feel the most confident about your decision to sell rather than pay for disposal.
Wondering about how to go about selecting a reseller partner?
The key is to look for an established and reputable company that treats its customers well. Ask colleagues and co-workers for feedback on a particular company's business practices. Check out user forums and spend some time reading customer reviews. Ask the reseller for references, preferably in your industry. Visit the Better Business Bureau website and check out how the company has handled any reported disputes. Trust your gut. If a reseller balks at giving you references or gives you the run around in any way during the sales process, move on. Remember, a company will never treat you better than when you are a new potential client.
Curious about selling your used switches and routers, but unsure of where to begin? Check out How to Sell Used Networking Equipment for some pointers.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed learning how to dispose of your used networking hardware for free--and how to make a little money in the process.
To learn more about how to sell your used networking equipment and avoid paying a disposal company to haul your it away, call 888-210-7636 or contact one of our IT Hardware Specialists today for a free consultation.