Materials Management

Effective Date: 03/01/2000

Policy Statement 19: Purchasing Used Equipment


Although the University has no policy prohibiting the purchase of used equipment, it is not generally considered to be in the best interest of the University to purchase used equipment in most cases. This does not apply to the purchase of Federal, State, or University surplus, as surplus equipment offered from these agencies is priced at a very nominal figure.


When a department has a special need for a particular used item, the proposed purchase should be discussed with the Department of Materials Management and the request is submitted on a purchase requisition. Normal purchasing procedures are then followed.

Demo Equipment

Often companies will offer demonstrator equipment at special prices under new warranty conditions. Offers of this type are usually worthy, but cannot be accepted without first offering competition an opportunity to quote on similar equipment.