At ABQ-IT, we work with businesses of all sizes. And while our main bread and butter are professional IT services and managed IT services, selling hardware is also a piece of our business. And it’s already rolled into our managed IT services.
Our IT experts are also experts at minimizing hardware costs, which helps our clients stay within their budgets. Here are our top 7 suggestions for minimizing hardware costs.
Use refurbished or used hardware.
Purchasing refurbished or used IT hardware can be a cost-effective way to upgrade your equipment without breaking the bank. At ABQ-IT, we sell all brands, new and used. We have an extensive inventory of brands you love and trust, like HP, Lenovo, and Dell.
You can find a lot of our used inventory on our Top Rated eBay Store. Our refurbished equipment has been thoroughly tested and inspected before being sold and comes with a 30-day warranty, with extended warranties available.
Lease hardware instead of buy.
Leasing IT hardware can be a good option for businesses that need the latest technology but don’t have the budget to make a large upfront purchase. By leasing, you can spread the cost of the equipment over a set period of time, which can make it more manageable for your budget.
We see this as a common practice among our clients in the medical industry that have expensive equipment they need just to operate day to day. While we don’t lease hardware here at ABQ-IT, we can service leased hardware.
Don’t be afraid to negotiate with vendors.
You can negotiate with IT hardware vendors to get a better price. If you have a good relationship with a vendor and you’re a regular customer, they may be willing to offer you a discount or bundle deals.
Ask about bulk discounts.
If you need to purchase multiple pieces of IT hardware, consider buying in bulk to take advantage of bulk discounts. This can be especially helpful if you’re upgrading multiple computers or other devices at the same time.
Ask about trade-in programs.
Many IT hardware retailers and manufacturers offer trade-in programs that allow you to trade in your old equipment for a credit towards new purchases. This can be a great way to offset the cost of new hardware and get rid of old, outdated equipment at the same time. For our managed IT clients, new hardware is actually rolled into their fixed money payment. That way, we can just trade out older hardware as needed and replace with new hardware without a large, one-time cost.
When it comes to upgrading your IT hardware, it’s essential to consider what you actually need versus what you want. Before making any purchases, take inventory of your current hardware and determine which pieces are essential for your business operations and which ones can wait. Being honest about your wants and needs will help you avoid unnecessary upgrades and save money in the long run.
Invest in maintenance.
Proper maintenance of your IT hardware can help extend its lifespan and reduce the need for costly replacements. Consider implementing a regular maintenance schedule to ensure that your equipment is in good working order and address any issues before they become major problems. Again, this is all included with our managed IT clients. But if you’re looking for a one-time service, ABQ-IT can help with that too.
By implementing these strategies, you can significantly reduce the cost of IT hardware for your small to medium business. By being smart about your purchases and taking advantage of cost-saving opportunities, you can keep your IT expenses under control and focus on growing your business.
If you want to look into refurbished hardware or managed IT services that helps keep hardware costs down, give us a call at ABQ-IT at (505) 582-6583 or fill out the contact form on our website.