How to buy used printing equipment
Although the used machinery sector sometimes attracts a critical press, there is no reason why buying used printing machinery should be any more risky than buying new, if sensible precautions are taken. After all, the overall size of the used market is greater than that of the new market. In other words, many more machines are bought and sold second-hand than are bought new, the vast majority very successfully, and to the complete satisfaction of both buyer and seller.
First, if you are buying from the UK, look to see if the dealer is a member of the British Used Printing Machinery Suppliers Association. All BUPMSA members operate a code of ethics to ensure that their customers get a fair deal. And if your chosen dealer is not a BUPMSA member, you should ask: why not?
Infrequently asked questions
Here are some questions you should ask your dealer before entering into any contract to buy or sell:
Take your time - it’s your money
All of these questions are common-sense but can be overlooked in the anxiety to secure what appears to be an attractive deal. There may well be other questions which occur to you. But if satisfactory reassurances are received, there will be less scope for any deal to go sour. If in doubt, pull out - it’s your money at stake. The cost in wasted management time and potential monetary loss with a misjudged deal will often far outweigh the benefits that the piece of kit will bring. Remember above all that the onus is on you the buyer to take sensible precautions -'caveat emptor'.
Nevertheless, most reputable dealers will offer good service and buying
second-hand offers the scope to save substantial amounts of money over
buying new. More equipment is bought used than is bought new and the vast
majority of deals go through to the satisfaction of both sides.
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