Are you in the market for a new copy machine? You can spend a lot of money on a brand new machine that does many of the same things a used machine does.
When it comes to technology, the latest model copiers do many of the same “old” things with added conveniences, like mobile printing and user recognition. However, if you’re on a budget when replacing a worn-out copy machine, you won’t miss the latest features of a brand new machine.
Before you buy a used copy machine, make sure you do your research. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for your new-to-you copier.
What Fits Your Budget?
Searching through used copiers can get overwhelming if you don’t know your budget before you start. You can reduce how much you have to explore if you restrict your criteria to only what you can afford.
Don’t forget about toner, paper, maintenance, and repairs! The cost of your copier is more than the sticker price on the machine. Make sure your budget allows for the ongoing costs of keeping your copier supplied and running well.
What Do You Need?
Copiers can do everything from copy to emailing and faxing (for those who still use fax). If too many bells and whistles take you beyond your budget, stick to the basics, and shop for a better quality used machine.
If you don’t need tabloid-sized paper or two-sided copying, you might save money looking for a machine that doesn’t offer those options—but, be sure the copier you choose can handle your print volume. Don’t sacrifice performance to save money on fewer features.
What’s the Copier’s History?
Unfortunately, there’s not a CarFax report for used copy machines. Make sure it works! Ask the dealer about the history of the copier.
Has it had an excessive amount of repairs? Has it suffered any physical damage that could affect performance? How old is it? Does it come with any warranties?
The reseller might not be able to tell you everything about the machine, but they should know about damage and warranties. Be sure to test drive the machine before you buy it!
Where Will It Go?
Do you have space for your new copier? One way to make space is to sell your copy machine used.
Resellers always need new copiers to add to their inventory. Work with your reseller. Offer a trade or a discount in exchange for your old machine.
A Used Copy Machine Can Be “New” to You!
Many companies and small businesses choose a used copy machine over a hot-off-the-line new machine. Previously-loved machines receive repairs to prepare them for future use. Plus, you’ll often see savings when you replace your worn copier with a used copier that fits your budget.
If you’re in the market for your next copier, give used copy machines a chance! We have more than 25 years of experience in the copy machine industry. Contact us for help locating your next copier.