Even if and perhaps especially if the company you work for isn’t primarily involved in providing products and services in the IT sector, every now and then you are given the unique opportunity to take advantage of that company’s policy around IT infrastructure upgrades. While it might be a little different for those companies who are more directly involved with the IT sector, generally businesses follow IT infrastructure manufacturer’s instructions to the tee, honouring after-sales cycles such as upgrading on the recommendation of the manufacturer.
That’s the main reason why you often have access to the most recent models of IT and networking infrastructure to work with as well as the most recent updates on software such as Operating Systems, virtual working environments and virus protection.
When the time comes for your company to upgrade however, most companies are fully aware of the fact that the hardware which is essentially being discontinued actually still has some legs and could still be used for a while yet before it reaches its official end of life cycle, but as per their policy they like to stay ahead of the curve and effect upgrades long before that time comes. If you’re not aware of an event such as this in your company, chances are someone or a select few individuals are enjoying the full benefits, in which case it’s probably just a matter of taking the initiative to ask about it.
You could be in for a very lucrative little mini-event with every other such cycle to come around. In many cases it goes way beyond just the IT infrastructure, with some businesses upgrading pretty much all the infrastructure which forms part of their workplace environment. For instance, a well-known, huge ICT company owns its very own hotel-like block of mini-apartments to accommodate travelling staff brought over to use the infrastructure only available at that specific branch and so every 2-5 years as part of their infrastructure upgrade cycle they sell off the “old” beds, television sets, etc, in addition to the IT infrastructure, which is upgraded more frequently.
Prices are never anywhere near market-related and employees get first preference in purchasing the goods that are being phased out.
In most cases each employee is given a fair chance to at least purchase one of each item they were using themselves, such as the company laptop you may have been given access to, but many employees choose not to exercise the option, opening the door up to those who see these events as a huge opportunity to cash-in big.
If you can get over 100 pieces of perfectly working hardware at about half the market resale price for instance, that’s something worth getting payday loans for as the turnaround time for the resale of that equipment is indicatively really high. You could resell them in any number of ways, including online via channels such as eBay, or you can sell them off directly, offering them to some targeted prospects who are almost sure to buy.