Why 2nd is currently 1st
It’s interesting to think, all of the reasons you would decide to buy something, are the exact same reasons why you wouldn’t buy something.
Cost, performance and availability are huge factors and often the main considerations when it comes to purchasing IT hardware. So, if you can get the same item at a cheaper price, the same performance and high availability, why wouldn’t you?
That’s why second-hand servers are currently number 1. There are plenty of benefits as to why second-hand is better, but a lot of people still feel the need to purchase new, because it’s ‘new’. We’re going to explore why second-hand is winning in the IT industry.
A pretty obvious one, but with prices of up to 70% off the MSRP of new, it’s a no-brainer. Especially if you’re on a tight budget, or just want to be more cost-effective with your spending.
Just like how a car depreciates as soon as you drive it off the forecourt, hardware depreciates too. Often, the hardware we refurbish, reconfigure or recertify has hardly been used and has almost all of its life still in it.
The IT market can be fragile. We’ve seen this over the past 18 months with COVID. Shortages and production changes mean new hardware can take a longer time for assembly, impacting delivery times.
Refurbished hardware is readily available, and sourcing parts to build a server with your specification is quicker.
On average, refurbished hardware offers the performance of around 93-97% of a brand-new piece. That’s still considered extremely good for IT hardware and means you might see a reduction of up to 7% in performance, but it could save you up to 70% off the overall cost of ownership.
Servers, for instance, have a lifecycle of 6-10 years. Most people trade in their old server after 2-3 years. Meaning there’s a lot of servers with over half of their life left, not being used.
This is most often seen when a manufacturer brings out a new model and customers feel obliged to replace their current hardware and buy new.
Bytestock’s five-year warranty ensures you’re protected on your hardware for five years. So, not only could you save up to 70% off, but you’re also guaranteed with our industry-leading warranty. Our engineers also configure your hardware so it’s completely custom to you. Our team can give you advice and guidance if you’re not sure what you need.
Manufacturing new hardware uses huge amounts of water, energy and extraction of rare materials. It’s more ecological to choose a refurbished computer that uses less of these resources, especially when there’s plenty of choice and availability.
Our online configurator helps you build the custom order for your needs, and helps instruct you on the best choices.
Alternatively, our sales team are experts in servers, workstations and IT hardware and can help you decide what you need while sticking to your budget.