What Do You Need to Know Before You Buy a Used Copier Or Printer?If 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 BRANDSUsed car warranties aren’t always the best deal, and neither are so-called “extended warranties” on electronics such as computers, but when it comes to copier warranties you should always get one. Read on to learn why you should purchase a refurbished copy machine with a warranty.If you are looking to purchase a new or used copier but are concerned about the quality of local service, a copier warranty is the only way to ensure peace of mind with your purchase. Although you should always ensure that your refurbished copier is coming from a good place (most come from short term rentals, off-lease contracts, sales demos and corporate downsizing) and is in good condition (most have been used for less than three months), a warranty will ensure that if anything happens to it, the labor and parts will be covered.So why even bother purchasing refurbished discount copiers if you’re so afraid about its condition you need a warranty? Copier machines are a lot like cars. As soon as they “leave the lot” they severely depreciate in value. But also just like cars, most times a used copy machine is just as good as a new one – in fact, it most likely as been rarely used at all.Because you can buy a refurbished copy machine at such discounted prices, you or your company will be able to afford a much better, top name brand copier than you might be able to buy otherwise.Buying a certified used copy machine is just plain a smart business decision. It will provide your company with the productivity it requires for many years down the road, but it won’t come with the inflated costs of a brand new copy machine.When looking for a refurbished copier, it’s important to find a reputable company to do business with. You want to only buy from a company with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, and of course, ensure that they provide some kind of warranty with your new copier. Most companies will automatically provide a limited warranty (such as covering the first 90 days), but the best choice is a company that offers an extended warranty. The warranty should cover parts and labor, as well as cover all major circuit boards, motors, and scanning units.Don’t pay full price for your office copy machine. Purchase a refurbished copier with a warranty and guarantee years of good service for up to 75% off MSRP.