As a cost-conscious manager, you want to make the most of every dollar you spend. Used pallet racking may seem like an attractive option because of its low price, but it's rare to find used racking that's precisely what you need, and there are often hidden costs.
That low price you see online? Once you add in shipping and installation, the price difference between new and used pallet racking becomes very slim. Defective or missing parts and seismic regulations are a few more reasons buyers should avoid wasting hard-earned profits on used pallet racking.
When you shop for used pallet shelving online, you’ll see some attractive prices. Used shelving can be 30-50 percent cheaper than buying new rack. But don’t forget about:
In addition to the scratches and dings you can see, the rack may have hidden damage. The seller or previous owner may have painted the rack and hammered out dents to conceal signs of a collision that compromised the integrity of the rack.
Bottom line: used pallet racking costs a lot more than the price you see online. When you add it all up, the final price for used warehouse racking is often just slightly below the cost for new rack, but for an inferior product with no warranty.
In our area, there are seismic concerns and safety regulations you must adhere to. With used warehouse racking, you can’t be certain what you’re buying meets the structural requirements of our local building code. Markings can be obscured, missing, and/or the original manufacturer may be out of business. When you buy new pallet racking, you get a system engineered to meet or exceed your specified capacity - backed by a warranty.
Before you buy used pallet racking, ask yourself: why are we buying warehouse rack in the first place? We’re guessing your answer is, “to maximize our space….obviously.”
Smart answer. Why pay for empty air?
Unfortunately, operations that only look at used pallet racking often fail to meet their goal: to maximize storage. They end up with a system that’s a few feet shorter than they wanted or horizontal beams that aren’t the ideal depth because that's what's available.
If you’re buying high-density shelving because you want to maximize every possible inch of you space, why limit yourself to what’s available on the used market? When you buy new pallet racking, you don't have to compromise. You'll get a custom solution tailored to your space.
Lastly, do you really want someone else's leftovers?
Bottom line: when you buy new warehouse racking, you don’t have to compromise. Maximize your storage space and relax knowing you have a seismically safe system backed by a warranty.
Is there ever a situation where it’s okay to buy used pallet racking? If you have a very small warehouse or need racking ASAP, used pallet racking can be a good option. Buy locally to save on shipping and invest in extra uprights, beams, etc. so you’ll have replacement parts.
If, after reading this article, used pallet racking still seems like a good option, we hope you’ll still contact us for a free, no-obligation quote on new pallet racking. Why?
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