You might have seen the recent news about Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. and their struggle with counterfeit wireless gear. The company saw their stock plummet on Friday as a result, and they’re currently doing damage control.
Network admins have reason to be concerned – clearly, the production, sale and distribution of counterfeit IT equipment isn’t slowing down. And while IT budgets continue to be downsized and companies are pressured to “do more with less,” you can easily expose your organization to counterfeit gear when searching for the cheaper prices.
So how can you buy cheaper gear without the risk of buying counterfeit? Used IT gear is a great solution, particularly for companies not always looking for the “latest and greatest” (read: the most expensive). But choose your vendors wisely – Amazon and eBay may not be the best way to go.
This article has more tips on buying refurbished gear and its benefits. While doing the research does require extra work, the peace of mind that comes from knowing exactly where you’re getting your gear is worth it.
Frank is the Vice President of the Technology Solutions Group at CXtec, a global reseller of new and pre-owned networking, cable and voice technologies. In this role Frank is responsible for overseeing all aspects of product management, asset recovery, product strategy and remarketing. Frank began his career at CXtec as a Product Manager in 1994 and was later promoted to Director of Technology Remarketing prior to being promoted to his current position.
Before joining CXtec, Frank was employed by CIS Corporation as a Product Manager.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from SUNY Potsdam.