Kind of along these same lines, how many integrators end up with perfectly good video equipment on their shelves due to over purchase, didn't work in the application as expected i.e. wrong lens type, change by customer after purchase, brokered a deal for new system by including buy back of customers existing equipment etc.?
A myriad of things come up that result in products on the shelf and over time it adds up. Example: we have 4 brand new, in the box Altronix cctv power supplies that are now 3yrs old but never used - 3 of them have never even been opened, several fixed Digital Watchdog HD bullet cameras and 2 DVR's that were replaced in an attempt to figure out a problem that ended up being unrelated to cameras, 8 Mobotix M15's used for a few months and then changed camera standard etc.
Surely there's a market for this kind of stuff at 60/70% off MSRP?? I haven't found one and have considered establishing one so input from IPVM members would be helpful in validating or invalidating that idea (I'm also not opposed to someone stealing and implementing this idea as long as you let me know where to find your site so I can post my stuff! :) )
I'm interested in what others think:
* is it a problem for you?
* how do you get rid of that kind of stock?
* If there was an "online marketplace" established for this kind of thing would you post items for sale on it?
* Is there already a marketplace like this somewhere? (besides ebay - I have in mind something specifically aimed and marketed to the security industry)
* Do you think end users would take advantage of it for emergency backup stock?
* Could you sell this kind of equipment to smaller retail, residential customers with understanding it only has a 30, 60 or 90 day warranty or is "pre-owned" or whatever?
* Would offering that kind of sale to an end user be detrimental to the industry as a whole?
* Manufacturers: would something like this be an avenue for clearing out your old inventory without degrading your new product sales?
NOTICE: This comment was moved from an existing discussion: Avigilon Launches 'Renewed Products Program'