A refurbished computer is one that has been previously used and is resold at a lower price than a brand-new product. Prior to resale, the device undergoes professional inspection and any necessary repairs. While it’s possible to buy a refurbished device for personal use, many businesses purchase them at discounted pricing. This arrangement allows them to buy their IT assets in bulk to support an entire office or group of employees working remotely. There are several compelling benefits to purchasing wholesale refurbished computers for your company.
1. Spend Less on IT Assets
IT assets are considerable investments. Even at wholesale prices, brand-new devices can be costly. Purchasing laptops or desktops that are just a couple of years old can significantly reduce this expenditure. In many cases, a refurbished asset which has been professionally inspected, repaired, and can support an up-to-date operating system will meet all of your employees’ needs, but will cost roughly a fifth of the price of a new device. With a mid-sized to large workforce, there are tremendous savings to be had for savvy companies looking to minimize their overhead costs.
2. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Currently, 20 to 50 metric tonnes of e-waste are discarded annually, and only 16% of unwanted technology is recycled. Producing electronics has a significant environmental impact: the manufacturing, packaging, and transporting of these items all contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, producing just one desktop computer uses 240 kg of fossil fuels and 1,500 kg of water, among other resources such as precious metals, making these assets more draining on the environment than much larger items such as cars and refrigerators.
Recycling significantly offsets the use of these resources. For instance, investing in refurbished laptops can reduce the need for primary metal production by 41% compared to purchasing new. By using refurbished products, your company can drastically reduce your company’s carbon footprint and take a more environmentally conscious route to sourcing your IT assets.
3. Offer an Employee Perk
In addition to purchasing refurbished computers for the office, you can also invite employees to partake in the benefits for their home devices, too. Companies that use Quantum to manage their end-of-life IT asset disposal can offer an employee discount for refurbished devices through the Qnovum retail store. This discount can go a long way in boosting employee satisfaction. Happier employees aren’t just nice to have, either: research suggests increased job satisfaction is linked to key organisational outcomes, including decreased turnover and better business results.