Do you have some network hardware you don’t need anymore? Or perhaps you might at some point in the future? This is going to be the case for just about everyone, after all. And it’s definitely the case for just about everyone that you could use some extra cash. When you’re ready to sell, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Guide To Selling Your Used Network Hardware

Finding the Best Vendor

The rule of thumb here is that the Internet is really big. As a result, you should really shop around before you come to any conclusions about which place will be the best for you to work with on this particular project. Do your research, look up what each of the potential vendors are like, and read reviews that other people have written about working with them if at all possible. This will go a long way to helping you decide whether they are worth it.

Shipping Concerns

Network hardware like routers and so on aren’t exactly the cheapest things to ship. You need to take this into account when you set your price. It can be a bit of a problem when you’re trying to sell a high volume of equipment, since you could lose almost all the money that you’d gain otherwise all into shipping if you aren’t careful.  If you get a good vendor, they will actually just send you pre-paid packaging that will allow you to not have to worry about this cost at all, which can be a big plus both in terms of cost, but also in terms of hassle.

Security Precautions

It’s important to remember that when you sell your hardware, someone else is going to have access to it, which will include all of the information that you leave behind. That’s why it’s important to protect any sensitive information that might leak out if you aren’t careful.  One of the ways you can do this is by making sure you are working with a vendor that will thoroughly cleanse all data left behind in the equipment before selling it somewhere else. You can also use file-shredding software to make sure your files are cleansed as well, but it’s likely that a vendor will have access to much better tools for doing this than you, and they are the ones that you are ultimately going to have to trust.

Posting the Right Price

Obviously, you and the person who will be purchasing the equipment from you have opposite goals when it comes to how high the price should be.  One good thing to look at is the financial stability of the company you’re planning on selling to in general. You can usually find information about then regarding whether they have a debt and what they’re rating is.  If this isn’t the case and the company is struggling, than you should look out for bad deals. One good thing to do is look at what other people are selling the hardware for on places like Amazon, and other similar sites. Look at a few different sites and find out what the average is for used networking hardware, and then you’ll know what a fair price is. If someone claims that your price isn’t fair, you can mention this research you’ve done to prove that isn’t the case.

Overall, the key is to find a vendor that you trust. If you find a reputable vendor, a lot of the other problems will take care of themselves. If you trust the vendor, then you don’t have to nitpick about price, shipping, and so on since a good vendor will be fair about these matters.