Buying your exhibition stands second-hand is never a good idea – unless you are looking for disappointment and unnecessary hassle that is. Once you have read through this list you will soon understand why it is always best to purchase your display stands from a proper reputable supplier –
- Bad Previous Owners
Not everyone will take care of their belongings, so buying pre-used equipment for trade fairs is always a very big risk. How have these stands been treated? Have they been stored correctly? And will all of the components and mechanisms still work as well as they should? These are just a few of the questions that are destined to be running through your mind if you decide to buy your displays second-hand.
- No Comeback
If you are unfortunate enough to have problems with display stands that have previously been used by another exhibitor, then you will have no comeback whatsoever. Second-hand goods have a ‘sold as seen’ policy, so if you fail to notice that something is broken, missing or faulty at the time of purchase, it will be a simple case of ‘tough luck’! On the other hand, when you deal with a top supplier like Discount Displays, you are unlikely to have any problems to begin with. And even if something were to go slightly wrong, we would rectify the problem quickly and with a minimal amount of fuss.
- Money Well Spent?
Most people who consider buying their exhibition stands second-hand will do so because they are convinced that it will save them money. However, in reality, pre-used display equipment will often end up costing people a whole lot more than they expected… Stands with bent or broken mechanisms (or missing parts), will normally be quite expensive to repair, and so as a result, it will frequently make far more sense to scrap these damaged displays altogether and purchase some new ones instead.
All in all, buying second-hand exhibition stands is a very big gamble. There are so many different things that can (and more often than not will) go wrong! Besides, whilst you are getting yourself prepared for a trade fair, do you really want to run the risk of having any additional problems? It is far better to feel confident about your display stands remaining in an upright position for the duration of the event!
by Tim Fuller