What do you do with your old computer equipment?

Are you planning to renew your IT equipment? The selection of new computers, whether fixed or portable, is a key concern for Information Systems Directors (ISDs)... and so is what happens to them later! What do you do with your old computer equipment? More and more companies are choosing to outsource this chore to a specialist in professional equipment management.

Opter pour le rachat de son parc informatique par un broker


You can, of course, sell equipment that no longer meets your needs. Not only are you getting rid of your computers, but the sale provides you with a significant cash inflow.

But who will buy your old computer equipment? You can approach an IT broker. This second-hand expert audits your old equipment and determines which products can be reused and which ones need to be recycled. It should be noted that, as of 2005, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) must be recycled. A company's recycling costs can be reduced by selling equipment that has the chance for a second life.

Sell your equipment to a financial rental company


When your computer equipment becomes obsolete and you want to renew it, why not turn to an equipment rental and management company? Depending on what it offers, the company may allow you rent cutting-edge equipment suited to your needs, with a long-term rental period. At the start of the contract, it buys back your equipment to give it a second life (which again provides useful cash flow). It can also offer other services:

  • Sourcing: it works with you to choose new or reconditioned equipment suited to your needs.
  • Financing: this involves finding the solution that best suits your equipment management and its scalability.
  • Asset management: you are provided with tools to manage your IT assets, anticipate renewals and adapt them according to your financial constraints and the actual value of each piece of equipment.

But be aware that not all rental and management companies offer these services: you’ll need to do your research to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Other services such as trade-in and reconditioning can be of real benefit to you. By choosing these services, you become part of a social and environmentally conscious business model, and are guaranteed to be in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and WEEE standards.

With the financial rental system, you can also renew your assets regularly, without having to worry about trading in, reconditioning and recycling your equipment. In this way, you become part of a virtuous cycle known as the circular economy!

Donate your old computer equipment


Companies can give their computer equipment to their employees. Since 2019, these donations have been treated as benefits in kind, which must be declared and mentioned on the pay slip (before 2019, this kind of donation was not considered as remuneration, provided that the equipment was 100% depreciated and that the donation did not exceed the value of €2,000). However, the company and the employee may also agree that the gift is not a benefit in kind, but has been provided for business purposes.

It is also possible to donate your computer equipment to associations, which will provide them to schools, associations, families in need, etc.

Whatever you do with your old equipment, two factors must always be taken into account: the environmental side, involving the recycling and reconditioning of these devices, and the regulatory side. When you trade in your computer equipment, all data must be deleted in order to comply with the GDPR, which has transformed how we process personal data.

Olinn helps you manage your computer equipment!