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In todays secondary grey market you will find resellers, grey marketers and wholesalers basically brokering, playing middleman, selling and buying corporate surplus technology equipment in bulk. Then there are the actual bulk liquidation buyers of large volume surplus computer and network equipment.
Surplus computer equipment usually is a manufacturer excess, overstock, and slightly obsolete inventory in huge bulk quantities that is sitting idle losing value as each day goes by. What that means for a buyer of surplus equipment, is of course discounted pricing with every volume purchase! Basically the more you buy the less the cost to you the buyer.
There was a time where these great values were only available to large volume authorized buyers, dealers, and corporate IT, MIS purchasers and buyers. Now in the secondary market if youve got the green you can flip a deal and make a bang on your buck. The sellers of surplus discounted computer hardware offer tremendous savings to resellers of volume computer equipment.
If youre even of thinking of entering the liquidation business; as the old familiar saying goes, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Volume lots of tier one manufacturer brands i.e., IBM, DELL, Gateway, Toshiba and Sony surplus equipment, volume desktop PCs, laptops, notebooks, barebones, computer systems, accessories and parts can turn a quick dollar in the liquidation marketplace. Managers in corporate America cannot run away from the dread of customer returns; merchandise must be resold and liquidated rapidly.
Well-known industry liquidators:
A-Z Computer Liquidators
Spin Trade Exchange
Corporate companies utilize these nationwide auctioneers, liquidators and asset recovery service providers when surplus equipment needs to be removed or resold quickly. These liquidators buy high-tech hardware equipment outright and pay cash to the seller. Sometimes these products are refurbished, evaluated, tested, working and repackaged for shipment and resale at awesome discounted prices. These discount computer equipment are sold and quoted as open box products with original manufacturer packaging.
The secondary grey B2B marketplace offers retailers and manufactures a venue to sell large lots equipment quickly. Sites like Spin Trade Exchange provide manufacturers and corporate America a place to both buy and sell to interested wholesale buyers. Wholesalers compete in a bidding war allowing the seller to get a high return on their original investment. The asset recovery liquidation marketplace is a place where buyers bid and negotiate on bulk lot technology equipment. Online liquidation marketplaces have the ability to reach qualified buyers globally.
Of course liquidators like A-Z Computers sell their surplus to large volume buyers and do not deal with the general public in selling onesie twosie items. The average individual trying to sell her or his laptop should stick to the more traditional methods of resale like »www.craigslist.org, »www.sell.com and www.ebay.com. If youre a buyer interested in high-end data networking hardware be weary of slashed prices of discounted surplus equipment. When you hear the term used in the secondary marketplace it's very important to qualify the seller and the equipment they are selling.
IT equipment is often sold new out-of-the-box at liquidation prices. If you are presented for instance with a Cisco router new out of box at a 50% discounted price, this should be a huge red flag. Protect your self from vaporware product thats overseas or across country that doesnt exist and product that is counterfeit. Qualify your seller! Companies like A-Z Computers and Applied Quality Test have been around for over a decade and have developed strong, easily verified relationships. If you are a MIS, IS, IT Manger with equipment that sits idle in storage room or warehouse, understand that your equipment, like a car, as the days go on, loses its market value. You can turn a profit from idle IT equipment no longer being used by selling it to a wholesaler, liquidator of IT surplus equipment.