WHICH IS BETTER A SECOND HAND BRANDED MICROSCOPE OR A NEW UNBRANDED CHINESE MADE DEVICE?

WHICH IS BETTER A SECOND HAND BRANDED MICROSCOPE OR A NEW UNBRANDED CHINESE MADE DEVICE?

Chinese made microscopes are available everywhere. In fact, most ‘student’ and benchtop microscopes, parts and accessories are now made in China.

People often think that anything “made in China” must be low quality but is this necessarily so? Of course, without a major name like Nikon, Olympus, Leica or Zeiss behind it there’s no guarantee of what level of quality to expect.  But with the cost of labour being cheaper in China than in many western countries, companies are outsourcing production to China so it’s not the case that they are all low quality.

A decision many people face when buying a microscope is whether to buy a pre-owned quality branded microscope or buy a new Chinese made model. The answer really is that it depends on what you’ll be using the microscope for and how well looked after and maintained the second hand microscope has been.

If you’re looking to buy your first microscope, a low cost, Chinese made model may be a good place to start.  Once you know what specific features you need, a well maintained, used microscope from one of the top brands like Nikon, Olympus, Leica or Zeiss may represent a better buy and there are a variety of older, used scopes available that can be picked up for a reasonable price.  There are also many good microscope brands that are no longer being manufactured such as Vickers, Bausch and Lomb, Leitz and Reichert that can be found easily online.

If you’re looking for a wide range of features the Chinese made microscopes may offer good value as you are likely to have to buy a new branded scope in order to match the features.

Whichever you decide is the best option for you Nicks Science Supplies can help. We have some quality, second hand microscopes for sale and can order from a wide range of Chinese scopes as well. As well as microscopes we offer a full range of laboratory glassware and chemicals at very competitive prices.

We will also buy microscopes (modern and antique), working or not, microscope lenses and accessories, prepared slides (old and new), lab equipment (including lab clearances) in fact most scientific apparatus.

If you have any questions, need some expert advice or have anything you’d like to sell please call Nick on 07751 164595 or email nick@nicksciencesupplies.co.uk

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