The Cisco Excess Program

According to, Cisco occasionally ends up with excess used product inventory that still has a useful life, but with limited demand from their traditional Authorized Channels.This is why they have created Cisco Excess, a used product offering where they sell hardware that is excess to their requirements through a select group of Excess Customers. These organizations (like P3) are enabled to resell these Excess Used Products within the secondary market.


  • Products sourced from Cisco’s Excess Used inventory are designated with a “-WS” at the end of the part number
  • All products are Excess Used inventory that have a valid version of the IOS loaded and relicensed by Cisco
  • Cisco Excess products are fully functional and may include minor cosmetic imperfections
  • All products are eligible for Smart Net Total Care (SNTC) support purchased through a Cisco Authorized Partner (subject to Cisco’s SNTC policies)
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Cisco Excess vs. Cisco Refresh

Cisco Excess is a specific product selection sold by Cisco to a handful of resellers like P3 Systems. As our affordably priced Cisco Excess hardware is marketed specifically as “Used” by Cisco, it should not be confused with the Cisco Refresh product offering.

The Cisco Refresh product offering includes equipment that is re-manufactured by Cisco, designated with an “-RF” suffix. This is not to be confused with the Excess program is marked “-WS” and comprised of used Cisco hardware. While Cisco Excess hardware is not brand new or fully refurbished by Cisco, it is 100% Smart Net ready, equipped with valid IOS software and is relicensed by Cisco for resale. Because of this distinction, we encourage anyone unfamiliar with Cisco Excess to contact us for more information, we think you’ll be impressed with the price and quality of this equipment.

In addition to our products obtained from Cisco, we also carry a wide array of other new, used and refurbished network hardware from a variety of manufacturers. Specifically, P3 specializes in providing Dell servers, HP Switches and Polycom phones. We also have a wide range of other products from vendors such as Extreme, AdTRAN, Sourcefire and more. Because we are so confident in the quality of our hardware, we offer a free lifetime end user warranty on every piece of equipment we sell! If you aren’t a P3 customer yet, we would love to have the chance to earn your business. Get a Quote or Contact Us today for more info!

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