Buying Used Cisco Routers & Network Equipment 101

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Used & refurbished network equipment can help increase ROI and save time to deployment time through shortened lead-time. UNEDA member, Baynetwork, Inc. intends to educate buyers of used Cisco routers and other premier brand network equipment.

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CIO's and IT Directors can help increase a companies bottom line when they buy used network equipment from the secondary market place!

The time to save money on network equipment is now and the money saving doesn't have to come through buying cloud services. Buying network equipment from the right IT equipment re-seller can cause used Cisco routers to be considered as good as new and actually tend to have a lower failure rate (see Bathtub Curve). However, while there are spectacular deals found on various auction & e-commerce websites there are important steps to take to ensure you are getting quality and authentic used Cisco equipment.
Most importantly buyers need to know the difference between black market products and secondary market products. Simply put, black market products are knockoffs of a well-known brand product that is not authorized for sale and the secondary markets are a legitimate business vertical where second hand, refurbished or used network equipment can be bought our sold.
The following precautions and steps can be taken to help ensure your used Cisco router or switch purchase goes smoothly and is authentic.
1.    Research general pricing. If the price is far below what you see as an average, then the odds are the price is too good to be true and most likely a knockoff.
2.    Establish a dialogue and relationship with the company or person you wish to purchase your cisco equipment from.
a.    Does the seller have a good rating?
b.    How long has the domain name or e-commerce site been in use?
c.    Does the company have a warranty, guarantee or buy-back policy in place?
3.    Does the equipment come with a test report?
a.    Equipment testing is essential for a quality sale and purchase of used IT equipment. Make sure the report matches the product serial number.
4.    Ask the seller if they are a member of UNEDA (United Networking Equipment Dealers Association) : UNEDA is an alliance of more than 300 of the top used network equipment dealers worldwide who adhere to a strict code of ethics.
5.    After purchased equipment is in-hand it is always advised to do a visual examination looking for the high-quality standards you have come to expect from Cisco products or other premier brand IT network equipment.
When buying used Cisco routers & switches from a UNEDA member in the secondary market a buyer can feel confident about the money being saved when purchasing used or refurbished network equipment. All UNEDA members offer a warranty or replacement of some level, typically a year, and limited-lifetime warranties on network equipment are also common or can usually be purchased along with post-sales support services. Finally, one of the best benefits to purchasing used or refurbished network equipment from a trusted seller is the guarantees or warranties being offered require extensive testing to ensure the quality and integrity of the equipment being sold.

Since 1997, Baynetwork, Inc. a premier re-seller of new, pre-owned, refurbished and used network hardware equipment, used Cisco Routers, Juniper Switches, Dell Servers, Barracuda Firewalls, Ixia Testing Equipment, ShoreTel VoIP and many other premier IT hardware brands, has helped define and shape the secondary markets in the IT network equipment industry. From complete network design and configuration to security analysis and private cloud deployment, Baynetwork's array of managed IT services and rapid product procurement help thousands of companies deliver digital media and content across the globe with reduced costs and shortened lead-times. Baynetwork services also include IT network asset recovery, enterprise network security , data center IT hardware replacement and managed IT services.
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For more information, press only:
Jason E. Sutherland, Marketing Director, (650) 561-8145, jason.sutherland(at)baynetwork(dot)com

For more information on Baynetwork, Inc.:
http://www.baynetwork.com

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