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Jul 30 2010   2:45AM GMT

Save costs using IBM Certified Used Equipments

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IBM Certified Used Equipments

Be it a desktop for home or a mainframe for your organization, you can get used equipment (second hand equipment) certified by IBM with a significant cost saving of up to 65% of the original price – with the minimum saving of around 15%.

From servers and storage to PCs and peripherals, IBM claims that every piece of these IBM Certified Pre-owned Equipments is refurbished, tested and certified using rigorous processes and original manufacturing standards. In addition to that the hardware certification, the hard disk is wiped to overwrite all data, passwords removed and operating system gets reloaded and the standard configuration verified to make is “as good as new”.

As additional inducement every IBM Certified Used notebook or NetVista includes a single-user client license for Lotus SmartSuite and Lotus Notes at no extra charge. 

Most of these used equipments turn out to be late models, new technology laptops, desktops, servers, peripherals that come from excess inventory or those returned after lease completions from corporations. The actual cost savings seem to be dependent on how recent the model is.

Of course, the used desktops and laptops may have noticeable scratches and nicks on the exterior case – and these flaws that are cosmetic only and not affecting the performance of the machines – also bring in additional discounts.

The personal computing equipments come with a 7-day money back guarantee as well as 90-day Warranty and for some specific ones the warranty is extended up to one year. Since these pre-owned products are in limited supply, IBM doesn’t guarantee supply even if the order has been confirmed.

The used equipment option can also be exploited by enterprises for all kinds of servers and storage also. IBM recommends this pre-owned equipment in case of temporary or urgent needs, handling capacity hikes not budgeted for, as well as undertaking project that require IT equipment no longer marketed.

It seems that IBM Global Financing has been disposing of its end of lease assets through refurbishment / resale and recycling for over 20 years! In addition to economic sense, this resale also makes an environmental impact. IBM points out that this enables the company to limit the product waste and keep the landfill use rate to a minimum.

Shall discuss in a later blog “Asset Recovery” solution where the excess, outdated or used equipment is bought by IBM bringing you cash.

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