Once you have made the choice to buy used lab equipment, the next step is to use a reputable supplier. While this may seem obvious, it is important to complete basic due diligence on the company, ensuring they are an established company who delivers on their equipment.
In addition to the reputation of the used laboratory equipment supplier, there are several other factors to keep in mind. A top supplier offers all of these features and options for customers, and the best go above and beyond to assist their customers in finding the right equipment.
One of the key signs of a top used laboratory equipment supplier is the inventory levels they offer. The companies with the largest selection of newer models in lab and analytical equipment from top international manufacturers is the company with a solid customer base and a reputation for selling only quality equipment.
Customer Service and Support
The supplier should provide details on the equipment on the website, making it easy not only to see what is in inventory but to be able to compare different models and options. They should also offer a customer service and support team to answer questions and provide information.
While buying from a used laboratory equipment supplier offers a much lower price than buying new, it is still helpful to many labs to have financing available. This is typically through a third-party lender, and the application process should be simple and secure.
Ability to Buy Surplus Equipment
It is always a good idea to work with a used equipment supplier with the ability to purchase your surplus equipment. This should be done with 100% payment before they ship the equipment, and a full written contract provided to the seller at the time of the purchase.