How To Choose Between New Vs. Used Packaging Machinery

It’s the age-old dilemma: should I choose new or used packaging machinery for my business? There are obvious trade-offs when you compare new vs. used equipment. To make sure that you’re making the right decision for your business, both now and in the future, consider the following four tips before you make a decision to buy new or used packaging machinery.

Tip 1: Check for support of electronics

Be careful when purchasing used packaging machinery that contains electronics. Make sure the manufacturer of the equipment is sound and the unit is still supported. Boards and other electronics can go bad on a non-supported piece of equipment. If tech support of electronics is not available for the used packaging machinery, think twice…or you could become the proud owner of an expensive boat anchor.

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Tip 2: Determine who would service the equipment

When comparing new vs. used packaging machinery, make sure you consider who will service the unit. Odds are that used packaging machinery will have problems long before new equipment. Typically, used packaging machinery will not come with a warranty. If a local company such as Right Stuff Equipment can provide technical support (RSE) and off-the-shelf parts are available, potential repair expenses can be minimized. But if you need to fly a technician in to service the used packaging machinery, and only proprietary parts are available, then buying new packaging equipment may end up being a better choice. Net net: check out your options for technical service and support before you buy used equipment.

Tip 3: Ensure the used packaging equipment can handle the job

When buying new packaging machinery, you determine your production needs and buy the best equipment for the processing requirements. When buying used equipment that doesn’t 100% meet your specifications, you’ll be making compromises that may cost time, money for developing work-arounds. The bottom line is that you should make certain used packaging machinery can handle your production needs without expensive modifications.

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Tip 4: Calculate the cost of ownership for the short and long term

When deciding between new vs. used packaging machinery, consider the cost implications of Tips 1-3, and run the numbers for both choices. Look at the short-term and long-term costs of both options. You should also assume there will be more risk with purchasing used equipment vs. new.


In summary, there are many factors that will affect whether you should by new or used packaging machinery. Weigh the pros and cons of each option, and assess the potential costs and risks to make an informed decision that’s best for your business.

About Right Stuff Equipment

Right Stuff Equipment is a Denver-based packaging machinery company offering new, used & OEM packaging machinery. Right Stuff also designs and builds custom packaging machinery, and offers extensive, in-house engineering & fabrication capabilities.

If you need advice about buying new vs. used packaging machinery, contact Right Stuff Equipment at 303.327.4704, or Send Us An Email