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Purchasing Guide: Pre-Owned Instruments

Individual sellers, resale vendors, and auctions will have different policies and guarantees, so it is important to ask some quality assurance questions before buying

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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. 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 equipment vendors, see our online directory: LabManager.com/pre-owned-lab-vendors

7 Questions to Ask When Buying Pre-Owned Instruments:

  1. What is the extent of its testing? Has it only been powered on, or is it confirmed to be fully functional?
  2. Does the seller offer any guarantees or warranties?
  3. Does the instrument require software and/or proprietary dongles to use? If so, are they included with the pre-owned unit?
  4. Is the service history and documentation available?
  5. Is the pre-owned equipment compatible with other instrumentation in your lab?
  6. Be prepared to pay at least a few hundred dollars in shipping fees for freight items. Can your budget cover these fees?

Finding the Right Used Equipment Vendor

Complete with research tips, negotiation guidelines, and essential questions, this infographic has all you need to know to find the right used equipment vendor: LabManager.com/used-instrument-info

Marketing Used Lab Equipment

If you’re looking to sell your own equipment, there are a few key things to remember when marketing it. Read more in this article: LabManager.com/marketing-used-equipment