Why You Should Sell Your Used Cisco Security Equipment
Why You Should Sell Your Used Cisco Security Equipment
Are you upgrading your office security system and don’t know what to do with your old tech? Here’s why you should sell your used Cisco security equipment.
Keyword(s): security equipment
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, only 12.5% of electronic waste is recycled.
Even worse, America generates the most electronic waste than any country with 9.4 million tons of e-waste going into landfills each year.
Is your business currently upgrading your IT/networking hardware, or do you find yourself with excess hardware?
Why send it to a landfill when you can sell it and make money to grow your business?
Read more to find out why you should sell your used Cisco security equipment to a reputable buyer.
What Kind of Security Equipment Can I sell?
This question is best answered by the company you ultimately decide to sell your equipment to.
Based on our research, this list often includes routers, IP telephones, Firewall/VPN Security Appliances, and series switches. Not sure exactly what you have, nor if it’s in demand?
Don’t be afraid to ask! Contact a reputable hardware buyer who will have more details on the most desirable security equipment and current pricing.
Are There Risks In Selling My Used Security Equipment?
One of the biggest concerns that businesses often have is whether the company they sell their used equipment to is reputable, or whether there are security risks involved in selling security equipment.
With hacking and security breaches galore, it’s no wonder companies fear where they send their sensitive information.
However, there are organizations such as UNEDA that impose strict guidelines and rules upon their members to promote ethical and handling of personal hardware.
They not only require high standards for product quality and service, but also help expose and prosecute fraud by working with law enforcement agencies when it arises.
Therefore, it’s important to find a company in good standing with UNEDA to assure that your used security equipment is in the right hands. Do your research, make sure the company is reputable, and you won’t have any security risks.
Now that we’ve got the security issue handled, read below for 4 reasons to sell your used Cisco equipment.
Why Should I Sell My Used Security Equipment?
1. Free up space
I’ve worked in buildings where entire cubicles and offices were filled to the brim with old furniture and hardware. These items took up precious space that the company could use to either grow their business or provide space for employees to relax.
There are so many other options for these spaces, that I’ve actually listed several below:
- A workout studio
- A computer lab
- A “greenery room” with plants. Being surrounded by nature is calming, and can help on stressful days.
- A copy room
- A mailing room for all those bulky packages
- A room to host potential clients, customers, etc.
- An office supply storage space
- …any many more!
No matter what that extra space is being used for, it still functions much better than a dump site for unwanted hardware.
And no, you probably won’t need it again. Don’t try to justify hoarding it, especially if it compromises useful space.
2. Make Some Extra Cash
Now that we’ve decided that you should dispose of your used security equipment rather than hoard it, you have four options.
You can take it to a landfill, donate it, recycle it, or sell it.
Recycling it and donating it are great options, as those resources can be used in other areas or they can help smaller companies with fewer financial resources grow. These are great options if you’re not pressed for money.
However, if you’d like to earn extra money to buy new office equipment or invest in growing your business, selling is the way to go.
Many companies that purchase used security hardware even provide free shipping, so your only job would be to package it and print a free label!
They make the process pretty easy, and you have more disposable company cash.
If your security hardware is already on the older side, selling it for newer models (whether brand new or refurbished) would also help reduce maintenance and repair costs in the long run. Although it may be difficult to shell out cash for newer models, the energy efficiency and maintenance costs alone could prove to be worth it.
3. It’s Environmentally Friendly
Selling and buying used equipment is great for the environment, and if your company uses these practices, you can highlight it in your marketing campaigns.
Rather than buying new and promoting greater use of resources, you’re supporting the green practice of hardware refurbishment.
The EPA states that recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to powering 3,500 American homes for an entire year. Better yet, reusing equipment minimizes demand on precious resources and metals.
Electronics, especially security equipment, are rich in copper, silver, gold, and palladium. However, they also contain heavy metals that can leach into the environment and cause environmental degradation. By selling your hardware, you’re keeping these chemicals out of the environment.
4. It’s Helpful to Buyers
We know that sometimes you have to get rid of hardware because you’ve grown or changed services, not because the machinery is faulty.
You’ll be glad to know that selling this equipment also makes it affordable for other businesses to grow with quality hardware.
Companies that handle used hardware either bring them up to full working conditions through refurbishment or strip it for functional parts to deliver to other network operators. This process makes both the equipment and its spare parts more affordable for everyone.
I’m Ready to Sell, Now What?
Look for a reputable buyer, especially one in good standing with UNEDA, as mentioned previously.
Other characteristics you should look for in a buyer include:
- Purchasing at a fair and honest price
- Experts in your particular product (whether Cisco or other brands)
- Great customer service and ease of use
- Free Shipping
- Many years of professional experience (15+)
When you’ve found a reputable company, browse their step-by-step instructions and get started on shipping your products.
Many companies will encourage you to properly and safely package your products, so don’t skimp out on the packaging to assure safe delivery.
To get started today, simply fill out a form online and receive a quote.