Posted by Gary Skalyo on Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011
Low Cost Laser Printers | The Price is Higher Than You Think
Over the last 2 years, as the Global Economy has suffered historic setbacks, Businesses of all sizes seem to have renewed their interest in low-end Personal Laser Printers.
Over the last 24 Months we have seen a tremendous demand for these little printers, despite our recommendations to clients for New & Refurbished Sustainable Printers.
Recently, The Imaging Channel, reported in their newsletter the results of a study about ‘Popular Personal Laser Printers’ from several manufacturers. Here are those results:
The above table makes a great Business Case for Managed Print Services Programs that have fixed costs for each page printed or copied. If your print volume is significant, say 2,000-4,000 pages monthly (this is a ‘personal printer’), there are also Programs out there that provide Service, Supplies as well as Support for 2¢ per page or less.
The takeaway from this Study are that Personal Laser Printers, especially from the Low-End of the cost spectrum, really cost moreto own [Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)] in the long run.
It is also interesting to note, if you buy a Laser Printer that is a little Higher-End, the Cost-per-Page (CPP) prices are significantly less. The long & short of it is, buy a $100 Printer and pay 30–130% per page; more than if you would have bought a $300-$400 device. This ‘Economy of Scale’ repeats itself through the entire spectrum of printers on the market.
Like many other Green Office Practices, using Refurbished Laser Printers (Sustainable Printers at that), will also save your company money and be great for the environment.
Is there ever a time when it makes sense to save a few bucks up front on a Printer, just to give it all back and more over a period 1-3 years?
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