Buy used salon equipment by creating a list of the exact items you wish to purchase and then checking for them at auction sites, classifieds sites and specialty used equipment retailers. Inspect the equipment in person when possible to test any electric or pneumatic components and to examine the exterior, considering the age and wear of the items to determine the actual value compared to new products.
Begin by deciding what equipment the salon needs, marking the importance and urgency for each item in order to rank the final list in terms of priority. Some salon equipment is not suitable for second-hand use, such as certain types of nail equipment or other equipment that requires a high level of sanitation, so it should not appear on the list. Start the search on local classifieds sites, as these allow you to meet the seller in person to conduct inspections and allow for more direct negotiations on prices. Some auction sites may also feature location search options so that you can focus on your region exclusively.
Email sellers with any questions you have about the product, including its prior usage history and whether it has any major flaws or defects. If possible, schedule a time to inspect the equipment in person to test it out. Some older machines may present additional challenges, including high repair costs, thus making a new model more economically sound. Always wait to receive merchandise before tendering payment unless you buy through a site that offers purchase protection.