What’s the best part of running a bakery? Is it the incredible aroma coming from the oven or the smiles on customers’ faces when they take a bite of your delectable pies? Whatever your answer to this question, purchasing equipment probably isn’t high on your list of favorites. Nonetheless, buying top-notch bakery equipment is necessary to get the job done. And fortunately, you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for quality! Check out BakeSmart’s tips for buying used bakery equipment that will stand the test of time.
1. Keep an Eye Out for Discounts
Business owners are always looking for ways to save money without compromising quality. One great way to get the most bang for your buck is to stay vigilant for discounts. Bookmark your favorite equipment suppliers’ websites, and check back frequently to look for special deals or clearances. You can also search for current coupons or sign up for membership programs that regularly send out discount codes.
2. It’s Not All About the Money
While watching your budget is vital, buying used equipment shouldn’t be all about the dollar signs. You probably don’t expect the cheapest option to be the highest quality choice, but sometimes, lower-priced equipment isn’t exactly functional. Before you buy, make sure you understand the age and condition of the equipment. If the seller isn’t forthcoming with information, you may be better off choosing a different used item (even if that means spending a little more cash).
3. Do Your Research on Top Suppliers
Once you know which suppliers are giving out discounts, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty of research. While this step may seem tedious, learning more about potential suppliers is in your best interest. Look for reviews of their products, and see if you can find testimonies from other bakery owners who purchased a used item. If you find any red flags (unfair pricing, broken items, poor customer service, etc.), it’s time to move on to a different supplier.
4. Think About Longevity
Not all bakery equipment is built to last, and this is something you’ll want to consider—especially when buying used. Do some online searching for the typical longevity of the equipment you’d like to purchase. Compare it with the item’s current age and decide whether the cost is worth it. If the used equipment is too old already, it may be a good idea to pay a little more for something newer.
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Whether it’s helping you cut equipment costs or save on software, BakeSmart is always happy to save you time and money. Our programs are designed with bakery owners in mind, and our software can be optimized to your specific needs. Interested in what BakeSmart has to offer? You can get even more bang for your buck with our 30-day money-back guarantee.