Consumers should opt for top-of-the-line brands when buying used grocery store equipment. Brand-name equipment is high quality and more likely to have a longer lifespan. Buying used can also make these brands more affordable.
One option is to find used equipment dealers to locate sales and opportunities. The dealers should be able to tell how much use the equipment has had and if any certifications or guarantees of functionality are still valid.
Another option is to buy dented or scratched equipment. Because the damage is only cosmetic, it cannot be sold at full price. However, this does not make it defective functionally.
Consumers can also look for sales on closeout or overstocked equipment at warehouses.