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PUBLISHED 29 Jul 2014 AUTHOR High Profile Technologies Ltd CATEGORY
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IPL and laser machines are sophisticated pieces of technological equipment.

Designed to meet the treatment requirements that the aesthetic and beauty industry demands, they are cutting-edge lumps of circuit boards, capacitors, optics, LCD screens and cables.

Like all forms of technology, advances are made on a yearly basis, and these machines are no exception. Users of a machine that’s 3 or more years old may typically look to upgrade or replace the machine with something newer.

The owner being left with the old machine, having replaced it with the new model, will often choose to sell the old machine second hand. A buyer looking for a good value system will often come across such an offer either on the internet or in a trade magazine. This is often where the buyer begins to mistake ‘cheap’ and 'ipl machine for sale' for ‘good value’.

The seller will very reasonably want to sell the machine for as much as they can get, but will want to make it cheap enough to reflect it’s used condition and age, and to make it appealing for a quick sale. The low price tag for such advanced equipment that can make such substantial profits will appeal to anyone who is looking to make their first move into laser or IPL beauty treatment delivery.

But here begins the difference between the ‘cheap’ price tag and the good value. Firstly such sophisticated equipment needs to be carefully looked after and serviced in order to make sure that it’s not only delivering effective treatments, but also that it’s safe to be used on members of the paying public. Anything less could results in a best case scenario of clients demanding their money back, a worst case of damaged clients suing for injuries.

Secondly the machines have components that wear out as they are used – the main one being the bulb that produces the light / laser output. A worn out bulb in a second hand machine will not produce the treatment that the machine is designed to deliver. Once again we’re potentially in the territory of clients demanding refunds.

Thirdly these machines cannot be used safely or effectively without the person who’s going to use them being properly trained by the manufacturer of the machine. In addition to knowing how to tackle client’s unwanted hair or skin conditions, this training will supply the owner with certification necessary for them to obtain proper insurance cover.

Without this training we’re back to the very real possibility of clients demanding refunds or suing for damages, made worse by the fact that no proper insurance cover will be in place, leaving sole traders in particular with a terrible risk.

The options for the second hand IPL buyer are to contact the manufacturer of the machine once they have spotted the listing on the internet or in the magazine. The manufacturer will be able to give them advice about what they will need and also to quote them a cost to service the machine and replace the bulb (as well as any other work that may need to be done) and how much they charge to deliver training.

This is unfortunately were the ‘cheap’ and good value factors of a privately sourced, second hand machine can quickly disappear. The amount of servicing for such a machine can often be very costly, running into thousands of pounds, especially if the machine has been poorly looked after. Then there’s the cost of a replacement bulb – this will range from a few hundred pounds to a couple of thousand depending on the machine. Lastly the training, this is likely to be a few hundred pounds too.

All of a sudden the cheap, good value second hand buy has increased in cost and doesn’t seem like quite such a good deal. It’s unlikely that the seller of the machine will either think to explain any of this to the buyer, or if they’re a little less than honest they may choose not to mention it.

It’s best, if you’re looking to pick up a discounted, used IPL machine, to contact the manufacturer directly. They are likely to have some second hand stock, due to existing customers upgrading their machines or part-exchanging their old ones.

The huge advantage here is that these machines will be provided with a full service, new bulb, training and a comprehensive warranty included in the cost. In most cases you’ll find that these machines cost less than the privately sourced, second-hand equipment by the time that the costs of servicing, re-lamping and training have been added on.

In short, the best value, and likely the cheapest, option for second hand IPL equipment is to buy it directly from the manufacturer. Or to contact the manufacturer about brand-new equipment – believe it or not this can often cost less than the old second hand machines online by the time you’ve added all the additional costs!

 

Ryan Smith of High Profile Technologies Ltd, supplier of the InteliBrite ‘intelligent’ IPL systems commented:

“We have a very effective programme for the supply of used IPL machines. We constantly have customers upgrading machines and returning their used equipment as their business prospers.

 

“We offer all second hand units with full refurbishment and servicing, new bulbs, certified training and a fully comprehensive warranty. Our customers buying a used InteliBrite machine get exactly the same package that all our customers buying a new machine get."

 

“As well as offering a great level of service at a great price it’s comforting to know that we’re supporting safe and effective treatment delivery in the marketplace to the general public.”

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