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What Are the Benefits of Buying Used Lab Equipment Versus New?

by REUZEit Team | Apr 7, 2022 | Buying Used Lab Equipment, Lab Equipment, Landfill Last, Redeployment

Are you still stocking your lab with unnecessarily expensive lab equipment, unaware of the environmental drawbacks to trashing old assets? Plenty of labs are unaware that there are advantages to buying used lab equipment, such as the convenience for research deadlines and environmental benefits. Find out how your laboratory can make the most of your lab assets by opting for reconditioned or refurbished purchases. 

No Wasted Time

When you buy new equipment, don’t expect it to arrive within a few days. Retail purchases of high-grade lab equipment can take up to two months to arrive on your doorstep, and many labs don’t have the time to spare due to impending research deadlines. Additionally, research labs are often handling time-sensitive projects that demand quick results. If your laboratory carries out experiments for other companies, such as large pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical practices, or research facilities, you’re likely aware of such deadlines. 

By opting for reconditioned or refurbished equipment, you can effectively nix this wait time, or at least dial it back significantly. Since you’re only waiting on delivery rather than sitting around while a manufacturer builds your new lab equipment, the timeframe is much shorter and considerate of any deadlines you’re required to meet. 

Undeniable Cost Savings

It’s clear that lab equipment is a pricey asset – from specialized mass spectrometers to cold storage for vaccine research, the bill is often sky-high. However, buying used lab equipment couldn’t be further from this alternate truth.

The most attractive benefit to buying used lab equipment is the difference in cost, as you’re not paying a premium for unused equipment. Why buy new, when you can get 50% to 80% off a perfectly operational unit with the same build and capabilities? In fact, many researchers appreciate second-hand purchases because they’re able to purchase equipment that they couldn’t have otherwise been able to afford. Ultimately, you get the luxury of equipment you never thought you’d have, while paying a fraction of the retail price for a new model. Plus, you’ll be contributing to a waste-conscious cycle of reconditioning and redeployment, which is what we specialize in at REUZEit.

Used Lab Equipment & the Circular Economy

Have you ever wondered what happens to your trashed equipment once you retire it? For the most part, your old centrifuges and cell harvesters end up in a landfill – and with all the non biodegradable hardware built into most lab equipment, this results in a massive carbon footprint. Though by applying the “reduce, reuse, recycle” ideology to your lab equipment purchases, you’re contributing to a broader circular economy. Buying used lab equipment reflects less manufacturing, which results in a reduced usage of raw materials. This is what the circular economy is all about, and what we’re working towards through equipment reconditioning, partnerships with manufacturers, and convenient delivery options for clients across the globe.

Buying Used Lab Equipment Is Easy with REUZEit

Let’s face it, investing in laboratory equipment for your scientific research is a necessary cost. Luckily, we’re committed to providing you with options that you can fit into your budget. Money saved on one product can be used to finance another resource that is just as important to your progress. Whether you’re searching for innovative chemistry lab equipment or looking to replace broken lab equipment, REUZEit offers low-cost solutions that work as hard as you do. Browse the best surplus and gently used biotech and pharmaceutical equipment on the market! Check out our USA-based store or our European-based store to shop discount laboratory equipment.

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