The Scroll Marked II – A Classic Read For Network MarketersIf you’re going to buy a copy machine, you may have heard a lot of different terms thrown around, like new, used, remanufactured, and refurbished. Not knowing the difference between these terms can dramatically affect how much you pay for your copier. Read on to learn the difference between a refurbished copier and a used copier.NewYou probably know this one already, but a new copier is brand new, and comes directly from an authorized channel, like a dealer. The phrase “authorized channel” sounds pretty fancy, but all it really means is that the manufacturer’s representative receives commission on the sale. Just like a new car, new copiers lose a lot of value as soon as they “leave the lot.” Generally if you want a brand new copier, your best and most inexpensive option is through a copier leasing program rather than outright buying it.RefurbishedRefurbished copy machines have been audited, cleaned, tested, and updated by a third party (not the manufacturer). Most refurbished copiers have been used less than three months as rated by their respective manufacturer’s recommended monthly usage tables, and come with a “same as brand new” warranty. Best of all, these copiers are sold at discount levels up to 75% off MSRP. If you choose this option, just make sure that the company you buy from as a good reputation and an A-rating with the Better Business Bureau.RemanufacturedManufacturers sell refurbished copiers too, but they like to call them remanufactured, which means the copy machine was refurbished by the manufacturer itself and not a third party. Remanufacturing means that the manufacturer tested and updated the equipment. As with the refurbished copiers, these copy machines are usually have less than three months of use, and have been acquired from off-lease contracts, sales demos, short term rentals and/or corporate downsizingUsedUsed generally refers to a copy machine that is being sold without any repairs, updates, cleaning and limited testing. When you see a copier sold as used, without a warranty, most likely you’re getting it “as-is” and should be aware of the risk you are taking. Some unscrupulous companies might sell copy machines as “used” that should actually be sold for parts.For the best deal on a copy machine for your business or office, your best choice may be a remanufactured or refurbished copier that comes with a warranty. That way you are spending a lot less money while still benefiting from the protection of a warranty.
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XEROX • CANON • BROTHER • HP • KYOCERA • RICOH • KONICA MINOLTA • COPYSTAR • SAMSUNG • SHARP • MOST OTHER MAJOR BRANDSIf you’re ready to upgrade to the new models and designs in digital copiers, then you might be surprised at some of the features that are available to you. It can be very easy to be wooed by the biggest and best copier machines available on the sales floor. All the different features that they offer can seem amazing and well worth the money spent. But before you invest that kind of money, you need to look at the way your business works and what your true needs are. You need to make sure that the one you choose is right for your business.Look at Extra FeaturesToday’s digital copiers seem to do everything but make coffee and answer the phones. At least, the high-end digital copiers seem to have features that make the copy machines of yesterday look like Stone Age equipment. Sorting, stapling, document imaging and even memory storage make today’s digital copiers more like computers than ever before. But how many features in a copier machine does your business really need?Most businesses don’t make thousands of copies per month. In fact most make hundreds of copies rather than thousands. The vast majority of businesses that use a copy machine on a regular basis make less than 3000 copies each month, while another large portion of businesses make less than 10,000. The true heavy hitters that make tens of thousands of copies per month are going to need a much larger and more substantial copy machine. But most small and medium-size businesses won’t need anything so elaborate.If your business will use the copier machines as a printer as well as a copier, you may need a more substantial machine because that does add to the wear and tear. And you may also want to consider a machine that can scan and fax. These add to the cost but make the one machine much more efficient and can save space by eliminating other office equipment.There’s also a cost discrepancy between black and white copiers and color copiers. If you’re going to use the copier as a printer a great deal of the time, you should look at some of the color digital copiers. If you’re only going to need color printing occasionally, you may wish to invest in an inexpensive color printer and choose a black-and-white digital copier instead. Digital copiers cost more when they can print in color, and you might not find the price difference is worth it if you rarely need that feature. You may also choose a faster copier that costs more if you want to be able to print pages much more quickly.Keep Security in MindDigital copiers today are computers with chips and memory inside them. That means that sensitive documents that are scanned and copied are stored within the copier. If your business regularly handles very sensitive information, you’ll want to consider the risk that a digital copier poses and take steps to make sure that no one can access the memory. Talk to the salesperson about the type of memory your copier has and steps that can be taken to protect the information.