To many people the idea of purchasing something that is used is not something that they would normally consider.  Most people just prefer to purchase new.  The luxury of buying new isn’t always available in business.   This is especially true when discussing electrical equipment and parts.  There are many reasons that you may have to resign yourself to purchase products that are up-cycled.

One main reason that a reconditioned product may be preferable over new surplus, especially when it come to electrical supplies is price.  Reconditioned products, as will other up-cycled goods, can cost from anywhere between fifty to seventy five percent less than a new one.  In industrial applications where you are continually replacing, repairing and maintaining equipment the savings with reconditioned products can really add up.

Another reason that reconditioned surplus is so popular in industrial applications is because of the products availability.  New surplus, especially on older pieces of equipment can be difficult to locate.  If you need to replace a component time because a sensitive component to the equation a two week turn around for a new part is just not feasible.  Reconditioned parts are often in stock for even obsolete electrical equipment making downtime equivalent to shipping and installation times.

It is also important to note the varying definitions of the term reconditioned, recycled, refurbished and up-cycled.  When speaking about electrical parts and machinery, especially in manufacturing the terms reconditioned and refurbished mean that a part has been used.  Electrical surplus companies purchase these used products and recondition them to sell as “new”.   The part is brought in completely disassembled, cleaned, inspected, replaced if needed, painted, out back together and tested.  Only if the product passes the highest quality standards in testing will the product be offered for sale.  Reputable electrical companies will offer a one year warranty with sales on reconditioned electrical components. This is the same warranty that is offered on new electrical parts as well.

In other industries these words have other meanings.  Sometimes manufacturers will call a product that is overstocked and no longer being produced by the manufacturer used or reconditioned.  Sometimes a part that’s package has been damaged in shipping will be discounted or offered as refurbished even though the product itself has not been damaged and is perfect working order.  A product that has been used as a display model or comes with a cosmetic defect a product can also be marketed as reconditioned or refurbished.  This means to you as a consumer that a product of like new quality being sold as a discounted price.

Saving money where you can is important in today’s tight economy.  This not only relates to residential consumers but industrial consumers as well.  This is why, although many people prefer to buy new products and supplies many are leading to reconditioned or refurbished supplies to keep their homes and businesses running.

J&P Electrical is a full service electrical equipment company.  At J&P, we supply contractors, end users and supply houses with new surplus, quality reconditioned and obsolete electrical equipment. Contact us today at for all of your bus plug, circuit breaker, switchboard, fuses, disconnects and more.