Investing in used laboratory equipment is a great way to save money, manage your lab budget, and further support a circular economy. However, there are some risks associated with buying secondhand lab supplies such a buying faulty equipment, paying unfair prices, or realizing that the listing does not match what the seller has to offer. Here are tips that will help ameliorate these risks when buying used lab equipment.
One of the most obvious benefits of purchasing consignment equipment over new items from lab equipment distributors is the ability to save money. In order to understand your potential savings, it’s important to understand the standard pricing for the item you’re planning to purchase in congruence with the condition of the item. Comparing the prices on new and used products will help you make the best purchasing decision and score the best deal.
Check the Listing Closely
Read the product listing thoroughly to ensure that the science lab equipment you’re considering purchasing is working properly and not missing any parts. This is especially true for heavily discounted items. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Do your due diligence to ensure that you won’t have to spend extra money on unnecessary laboratory equipment maintenance after your purchase.
Check for Warranties
Warranties are a great way to feel more confident in your purchase. This can be a factory warranty or seller warranty. At REUZEit, all equipment sold with a 30-day warranty is subject to a rigorous condition assessment and inspection to guarantee superb performance.
Beware of Private Sellers
If you’re purchasing this item from a private seller, you will also need to perform a physical inspection to ensure the listing matches what you’re purchasing. Document the purchasing agreement and make sure to take down their personal information so that you can contact them if something goes wrong with the equipment you purchase.
Choose a Trusted Seller Like REUZEit
Choosing a vetted seller with a proven track record of fair prices and stellar performance is key to feeling confident in your purchase. REUZEit has been fueling scientific innovation for over 20 years. By bringing the best surplus and gently used biotech and pharmaceutical equipment to market at an affordable price, ANDbio ensures your equipment works as hard as you do.
Investing in laboratory equipment for your scientific facility is a necessary cost, but it doesn’t have to be an expensive one. Money saved on one product can be used to finance another resource that is just as important to your progress. Are you ready to browse surplus lab equipment for sale and save? Check out our USA-based store or our European Store to shop discount laboratory equipment.