Savings Guide: Why Refurbish your Beverage Equipment?

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3 reasons why refurbished equipment can be better than new

Buying new cellar and bar equipment has its advantages of course, but it’s not always necessary, and should never be the default option.

There are many situations where purchasing refurbished coolers, fonts, and other components can work out better for you. Cost savings can be substantial (even if you are using finance), due to equipment depreciation, and there doesn’t always have to be a trade-off regarding performance and quality. There are a few myths associated with refurbished equipment, so here are a few reasons to think again about buying new.

Reliability

It’s a common misconception that refurbished equipment means it is less reliable. Although it’s worth noting that not all refurbished products are equal, if equipment from a reputable seller is grade A after undergoing proper testing, it can be treated as a new product with the reliability to match.

Savings

When sold as new, remote coolers can cost upwards of £500, yet you can expect to pick a similar one up that has been refurbished for around £200-£250. While you currently may have no interest in running five or six-year-old equipment, the difference in purchase price demonstrates the potential savings of buying refurbished. New equipment can depreciate in value quickly, but that doesn’t always mean it is out of date. Even buying just a lightly used cooler (from Drinksflow) can cut your upfront cost sometimes by 40% to 50% or even more.

Performance and efficiency

Naturally older equipment contains older components – Drinksflow refurbish equipment using only original OEM spares, which means that the latest version of these components is used where possible, producing better performance from your equipment, thus improving their overall efficiency and providing even better value for money.

Playing the game

In summary, refurbished equipment can add considerable value to a business if it is used for certain installations. You don’t need to keep throwing good money at shiny new equipment just because it’s the latest version, you may not really need it.

Getting the most out of the refurbished market is also about timing. It’s worth keeping an ear open for new product releases, as this will immediately push the latest models down the cost scale. It’s like buying a used car that drops in value, the day after the most recent models hit the shops. It may not have all the latest specifications, but it certainly should be more cost-effective in getting your beer from cellar to bar.

In short, secondhand equipment can entirely be reliable, and the savings gained on upfront cost can be too great to make buying all new equipment the default option. Quality reconditioned equipment should always be part of the mix.