Electronic measuring instruments

Why buy used test equipment?

Published: 22nd April 2014

Why? Price? Compatibility? Functionality? Replacement? Let’s look at the decision of buying used test equipment.

Cost is generally a function of purchase plus time. Cost of buying new then is x (+ y (time in familiarisation)+ z (time in getting ready for purpose)).

How do I feel when I see there’s an opportunity for a new software upgrade on my IT devices?

Nervous and primed that although new functionality will avail itself to me I’m going to have to spend time in educating myself in it.

Nervous and primed that I’m then going to have to find a work around or accept the loss of a piece of functionality that I find very useful has been lost in the new functionality. The new, without question is better on the whole but some of the pieces will be missing and that will irk me and consume my time.

That can be a key reflection when deciding to buy new or second user and especially in test equipment that is within an ATE which more than 80% of test instrumentation is. And remember that this time is time of a laboratory’s most important asset- Its staff! And all when the measurement accuracy and repeatability will not deviate with direct second user replacement.

Then the equation to buy second user can look like = x-%(+(y=0)+ (z=0)).

Simplified that is Cost of new with a percentage discount. No add on costs. A real bargain if purchased with confidence.

So it’s not just the attractiveness of the list price and knowing you’ll get a discount because it is second user. It is that confidence and familiarisation in your measurement that you are buying too. Minimising disruption and maximising efficiency. Two excellent goals.

Experts in their field

Established for over 12 years, MCS Test Equipment are a leading supplier of both new and used test and measurement equipment offering Sales, Rental, Finance and Calibration services. As official distributors for over 30 leading suppliers, we have the knowledge and connections to find the right solution to suit your exact needs. We have an extensive range of used equipment for sale with up to 70% off list pricing. If you can’t find the equipment you are looking for then give us a call and we will bend over backwards to help you. Whether you want to purchase a piece of new or used equipment or would like to spread the cost over a period of time, MCS can help by offering flexible finance, as well as trade-in and buy-back options.

In conclusion, second user test equipment is a realistic alternative to buying new. The savings are substantial and if purchased from reliable sources, along with the instigation of regular maintenance and service programmes, such equipment can minimise disruption and maximise efficiency in laboratories large and small.

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