Obsolete Components

Written by Seth Cotterell
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New repair and replacement parts for electronic equipment can be quite expensive. The latest model of an important electronic component can often be too expensive to be cost effective as a replacement. So what are cost-conscious companies to do when machine repair is necessary? How do companies avoid expensive down time without having to pay exorbitant prices for new electronic components?

Advantages of Using Obsolete Components

A great way to avoid costly down time in the event of a computer failure without paying for equally costly repair parts is to purchase obsolete components as replacements. Obsolete components have two major advantages as replacement parts. First is cost. Obsolete components are much less expensive than brand new parts, making them ideal for companies without large maintenance budgets.

The second major advantage of obsolete components is availability. There are independent distributors of obsolete components that maintain inventories with millions of different components. Distributors will keep integrated circuits, switches, relays, transistors, semiconductors, and countless other electronic components in stock. Some distributors specialize in hard-to-find components, and even if they do not carry a part in their own warehouse, they have extensive networks and agreements with other companies around the world that enable them to find even the rarest components.

A third advantage of doing business with a distributor of obsolete electronics is convenience. A good distributor will operate primarily through a well-built, easy-to-use website. The site should allow users to search for parts by part number, name, or manufacturer. This allows users to shop for parts 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Even if your system crashes at three o’clock in the morning, a replacement part can be located and ordered immediately and will be shipped directly to your home or office.


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