What’s Wrong With a Straight Commission Sales Job?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 BRANDSWay back in 1969, Gary Starkweather demonstrated using a laser beam with xerography to create what is generally accepted as the first laser printer. This demonstration was carried out at the research facility of Xerox at Webster, New York. Ten years later, IBM introduced the IBM 3800 that could print 20,000 lines per minute. The first commercially viable Laser was produced by Hewlett -Packard in 1984, the LaserJet that could print at 300 dpi resolution. It was priced at US$3,600. Interestingly, it had a Canon engine controlled by HP software.Apart from the printing job itself, laser printing, because of its precise quality of text print and high output, gave a boost to desktop publishing. Apple released its own version in 1985 for the Mackintosh followed by the Aldus Page Maker which heralded a new era for desktop publishing that has only progressed and diversified for the better with time. Subsequently, with the perfection of the laser technology where larger portions of paper are printed using a laser beam, the laser printer has today become an indispensable Computer peripheral.While most people have Inkjet Printers for home use, office work usually calls for a Laser. It may be useful to understand the business sense that goes into the purchase of lasers where there is a lot of work to be done, and fast. While Inkjets are great for printing graphics and on various different surfaces too (like cloth and canvas and several different paper qualities) and for taking personal text prints, whether for research work or for printing out the grocery list, they are, in fact, slow and expensive when compared to a Laser.It really depends upon the kind of work that you want to do. In an office environment, there is a greater need for speed and volume when it comes to the print output. Even though Lasers cost more initially, their print volume, in case of monochrome printers, is definitely higher than that of Inkjets, and the ink replacement is also cheaper. For some Inkjet printers, replacing the cartridges twice can actually equal the cost of the printer itself. Not so with lasers, which make them ultimately economical with large outputs. There is also the speed and quality: Lasers are faster, and produce a no smudge, super crisp text print. In most monochrome printers, the image print quality is at least acceptable.Colour Laser Printers are slowly replacing the monochrome for office use, but with several toners to replace, operating them is a process that takes some expertise, aside from the expense and possible misuse. Unless the laser becomes as good with photographs as it is with charts and diagrams, the transition may still take a while.