Leasing Reef equipment? Business model

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  1. Reefking

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    i wonder if there is any reef equipment that could be leased like a cable box? Anyone have an MBA that could speak to this idea...

    Protein skimmers? 10 dollar month lease?
     
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    Service companies do it all the time. We have 1,400 set ups on lease right now. Those are all businesses but lots of service companies provide residential as well.

    Interesting idea, just lots of risk involved with high dollar equipment.
     
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    A 500-800 dollar protein skimmer holds its value pretty well unlike other high end reef equipment. Not everyone wants to pay 500-800 dollars for a protein skimmer, but everyone would sure like one.
     
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    Probably why companies like marine depot started offering finance options. Maybe you are on to something!
     
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    Depends. Sometimes skimmer tech. changes. Not that long ago an ASM skimmer was great, before that Venturi skimmers. Now they aren't so popular, and selling them used is hard. And of course the pumps wear out. You need to charge enough to not only make it worth the time and effort, the capital investment, but also to replace the parts as they break. Doable, but not easy. If you want to rent one just call one of the service companies and see what it would cost.

    I'm just going to guess that a $500 skimmer would cost alot more than $10/month though.
     
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    Iv alway thought sea hares should be rented.
     

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