Tips for selling equipment

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  • You list equipment for sale
  • Buyer orders through EurekaSpot
  • We first get buyer's payment and then notify you to ship
  • Buyer has 5 business day right of return
  • We send your payment (minus 8% fee) AFTER right of return expires

Describe equipment thoroughly as possible. Give buyers more information and they will buy more often.

Be upfront.

Buyers always ask:

  • Is unit functional?
  • Has it been tested as functional?
  • Is it refurbished and who refurbished it last?
  • Does it pass self-test? (Note: Self-test is not a calibration)

Buyers return equipment that doesn’t meet advertised conditions. Honesty saves you time and money.

Price competitively.

  • Check others prices before you set yours.
  • Compare your unit to those with similar options, conditions and warranties.
  • Be flexible when negotiating. Market prices fluctuate.

Show photos.

Buyers will ask:

  • Do you have photos of actual unit?

Include photos of:

  • Unit you are selling instead of stock photos.
  • Both front and back of unit.
  • Unit turned on (especially oscilloscopes and units with CRTs or LEDs).

List serial number.

Serial numbers help assure buyers:

  • Unit is not stolen.
  • Stated age is accurate.
  • Whether manufacturer warranty is still valid.

Describe accessories.

Buyers will ask:

  • What specific accessories are included?
  • What accessories are missing?
  • What software is included that is required for functionality?
  • Is any software missing?

Review unit's user manual to verify all manuals and accessories unit originally shipped with. Be sure to explain which ones are not included.

Describe options.

Buyers will ask:

  • What options are installed?
  • What are the hard options? Soft options?
  • Is this a modular or stand-alone unit?
  • Any additional boards or components included with a modular system?

Options can range in price and affect functionality. Be sure to indicate all options.

Explain calibration history.

Buyers will ask:

  • Is the calibration recent?
  • Does it pass self-calibration?

It may be worthwhile to get a new calibration or offer one at time of sale. Get an estimate for calibration. Offer buyers a new calibration for an additional charge.

Explain usage history.

Buyers will ask:

  • When was unit last used and under what conditions?
  • Under what condition has unit been stored? For how long?

Help buyers understand how often unit has been used.

Describe cosmetics.

Buyers will ask:

  • Are external parts complete (feet, knobs, etc.)?
  • Have scratches been re-painted?
  • Is there any damage, such as broken knobs, missing feet, display damage, CRT burn-in?
  • Are there any dents?
  • Are the corners damaged?

Cosmetics help buyers understand unit wear and tear.

Pack and ship securely.

Buyers will ask:

  • How will this unit be packed for shipment?
  • What is the shipping cost to [country], [ZIP code]?

Preferred packing is triple-walled cardboard and foam-in-place or sculpted foam. Ship sensitive items via air. Giving total weight of packaged unit helps buyers calculate shipping cost.