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It is worth extending the life of end-of-life products.
In our experience, end-of-life products are usually in good working condition long after the manufacturer stops service. There is no reason to worry about quality and durability when the products have been refurbished.
When a product has been on the market for a long time, it will eventually reach a point where it is not worth the effort or money to keep up production.
This means the product is not for sale anymore but is still supported.
When the support ends as well, it becomes an end-of-life product.
At this point, the company no longer supports or sells the product, so no spare parts, servicing, or troubleshooting are available.
Nevertheless, the end-of-life announcement does not mean the product no longer works.
It is easy to extend the life of a system, as long as there are spare parts in circulation and there is someone with good knowledge of the product.
However, when you decide to keep using an end-of-life system, you might find it inconvenient to retrieve new parts, as they are no longer available from the manufacturer.
Fortunately, it is easy to find used or refurbished parts on the market. Sometimes it is even possible to buy unopened or unused parts as well.
By extending the life of a system, you become independent from the manufacturer and can continue using it for much longer. This way, you become free from the manufacturer-dictated life cycle – you can wait until you truly need an upgrade.
Companies choose an old system over newer ones because of the difference in products' price.
The cost of maintenance and upkeep decline as well.
Furthermore, when a company switches to a different system, it takes time to prepare, implement and adjust to the new system.
This ties down valuable resources, such as time, and reduces efficiency temporarily. Therefore, when your system is still good enough to fulfill your requests, extending its life and avoiding the hassle of switching systems is usually better.
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