What’s Wrong With a Straight Commission Sales Job?If you are setting up an office, whether in a commercial building or at home, you will probably need a copier machine. One of the important decisions you will be making is whether you will go for a copier lease, or purchase one for yourself?Unless you will be needing multiple copies of documents everyday, generally, the better and more economical choice is a copier lease. Here are some of the reasons why:- Maintenance and repair of your own copier machine could turn out to be costlier and more time-consuming than you think. If you have a copier lease, regular maintenance will be provided for you and if you need the machine to be fixed, all you have to do is call the vendor and they will send a repair guy to you right away.- In the same way, when a part of your copier needs to be replaced, you may have to go to several stores before you find the exact part that you need…and then you have to install it yourself. If you have a copier lease, they will be the ones to look for a high-quality but low-cost copier part. True, you will have to pay for the part, but installation services are free.In addition, some copier leases also give you the benefit of free minor parts and free installation. Most companies will also provide you with a temporary unit while your own copier is undergoing repairs.- When the time comes when you want to change to a more advanced model, it will be very easy if you have a copier lease. Leasing companies are always willing to modify your lease and exchange your current machine with a newer model.On the other hand, if your copier machine was purchased, and you want to buy a new one, you will end up with two copier machines. Unless you have sufficient storage space, you will have the burden of looking for a buyer for your old unit, or dispose of it in some other way.In most cases, copier leases are really the more practical choice. It saves you money and is hassle-free.
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XEROX • CANON • BROTHER • HP • KYOCERA • RICOH • KONICA MINOLTA • COPYSTAR • SAMSUNG • SHARP • MOST OTHER MAJOR BRANDSWelcome to the final part of our three part series on service contracts. This article covers service contracts on laser printers. Laser printer maintenance contracts are similar to copier service contracts. Most laser printer service contracts are billed by cost per print. It is essentially the same thing as cost per copy. Each time you print a page the internal meter clicks. On a printer you can get the page count or meter reading by printing a configuration page. Then, each month or quarter an invoice is generated by multiplying the cost per page by the total prints made. The cost per page is determined by monthly volume, age of machine and environment. Environment plays a big part because if it is in a dirty environment it will need possibly twice as much service than a machine in a clean environment.Service contracts are really similar to an insurance policy. They may or may not save you money. The good part is that your costs are fixed, so you will know how much per year you will spend instead of hoping it won’t break down too much or have a serious or really expensive part break. There are many ways of paying for a service contract. It depends on the way you and your company would like to be billed. Most service companies offer monthly, quarterly and annual billing.Total Cost ManagementThere is an explosion of service companies providing this way of tracking all of the costs associated with your copiers and printers. It is called “Total Cost Management.” Most if not all copiers, MFP’s and printers can be monitored on your network with revolutionary print management software. You are able to track your total pages or copies. You can monitor toner low warnings, error codes, paper jams, and everything associated with your machine. This software can help you calculate how much you are paying for the total ownership of all of your equipment. This is very helpful when purchasing new equipment. The software will help you figure all the costs of your equipment, toner, parts, supplies and service.CoverageUnderstanding what is covered and what is not covered is very important to find out before you purchase a service contract. Does the contract include supplies? Some supply items are toner and maintenance kits. Find out what hours the service company is available and days of the week that they operate. Which holidays do they take off? What is their response time? Most service contracts do not cover abuse or neglect. So be cautious with those paper clips and staples as they can cause an expensive repair and it probably won’t be covered. Get all of this in writing then there will not be any surprises.Which Type of Contract?Choose an all inclusive service contract that covers everything such as parts, labor, maintenance kits and supplies. Or choose a contract that only covers parts and labor.Color Laser PrintersService contracts on full color laser printers are essentially the same except that you will be paying for a color print or a black and white print. Pricing varies, but you will be paying about 9-10 times more per print for color than for black and white. If you have ever purchased toner for a color printer you know that color toner is more expensive.ConclusionThis concludes our article series on service contracts for Copiers, Fax machines and Laser Printers. My purpose for writing this series was to help shed some light on shopping for service contracts for companies that have never purchased one or are in the process of purchasing a service contract. Each service company will have different options but for the most part they all bill their maintenance contracts as described in my series.