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What to Think About When Buying Pre-Owned Lab Instruments

Pre-Owned Instruments

Key factors to consider before buying pre-owned laboratory instruments

by Lab Manager
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If buying your laboratory equipment brand new puts you over budget, pre-owned equipment could be an option as it allows you to get quality instrumentation at a more affordable price. With life science equipment currently in short supply due to high demand, buying used can also be an option for those hard-to-find items on your shopping list. Individual sellers, resale vendors, and auctions will have different policies and guarantees, so it is important to ask some quality assurance questions before buying. For a list of pre-owned lab equipment vendors, see our online directory:

7 Questions to Ask When Buying Pre-Owned Instruments

  1. What is the typical lifespan for the equipment?
  2. Has the equipment been tested and confirmed to be fully functional?
  3. Does the seller offer any guarantees or warranties?
  4. Is the service history and documentation available?
  5. Does the original equipment manufacturer’s warranty still apply?
  6. Is the pre-owned equipment compatible with other instrumentation in your lab?
  7. Who is responsible for delivery and shipping costs?

Selling Pre-Owned Instruments?

Selling laboratory instruments and equipment that are no longer in use is a great way to create some valuable workspace and generate return on the initial investment. There are a few different approaches to lab equipment resale to consider if you want to maximize your returns.

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Purchasing Tip

Before negotiating price, do some research to determine the market value of an item. Prices may vary between vendors based on their business model, and it is important that customers take this into consideration when comparing certified resellers and brokers. Price isn’t the only thing you can negotiate. Other factors are worth discussing, such as terms of the sale, shipping or storage, warranties, and installation support.