Cosmetic lasers can be huge investments, particularly when they are this year's models. If you aren't prepared to make quite so large an investment, you do have the option of buying a model from a year or two ago. However, you still have to worry about safeguarding that investment. Here are some things to consider.
Pre-Owned Lasers Are Only as Good as Their Operators
Purchasing pre-owned laser hair removal equipment won't do you any good unless you and your staff are familiar with the devices. You will have to get certifications that are necessary in order to own and operate the machines. It also makes good business sense to go to classes and seminars on a regular basis to keep your skills sharp. That way your clients will always feel comfortable.
Of course, you may not want to get those certifications yourself. You could also choose to hire a trained technician to operate the machine. The important thing is just to make sure that whoever is in control of the device is capable, certified, and trustworthy.
Are These Lasers Really Good Investments?
You might think that pre-owned devices are likely to become obsolete or stop working entirely quickly. You might also feel like newer machines have better capabilities and can keep up with the demands of your growing list of clients better. However, laser devices don't become obsolete that quickly. If you compare models from the last few years, you will quickly notice that there aren't many variations between them. So, older models can certainly function effectively for a long time and earn you ongoing profits.
Who Will Repair the Device for You?
If you want to protect your investment in used lasers, you have to know who will repair them for you ahead of time. It is possible that the machine could malfunction or need a replacement part at some point. The same is true of brand new models. None of them are absolutely perfect and made to work until the end of time. They will need some routine maintenance on occasion.
The problem is that, when you purchase a used model, you can't necessarily rely on the reseller or the original manufacturer to repair it. Although, that could happen in some cases. If so, they are likely to charge high annual fees for so-called service contracts, which are a waste of money.
To get around that issue, look for third party companies who can perform the repairs. One advantage of having an older model is that repair companies in your area are likely to be familiar with it. So, you should be able to find a company to help you. But you should definitely locate that company when you first purchase the device, not when you are faced with a malfunctioning machine. It's always better to be prepared. Read more - laser repair.
Can You Find a Reseller That You Trust?
Speaking of being prepared, you also have to be prepared to purchase the machine itself. You will have to shop for it just as you would shop for any other item. Compare resellers, makes, models, and prices. Only then can you find the exact laser that you need at a price that fits within your budget.