If you are buying a new, used, or refurbished copier, there are factors you need to consider. Purchasing a copier for your business is a huge investment, and it is one that you should make wisely. Here are some questions you should ask yourself before making a final decision.
- What will the copier do, and what do you need it to do? Modern copiers are generally referred to as MFPs (Multifunctional Printers/Products). This is because most modern devices are capable of doing more than printing or copying. Most devices can scan, fax, manage documents, network, use color, and staple.
- What is your expected print/copy volume per month? Start with how much your volume is now. If you can’t determine your current volume because you don’t have one, you should make reasonable efforts to forecast your volume based on your business model and feasible output levels. Once you make a reasonable forecast, increase the rough estimate by no more than 20%.
- How fast does your organization need the copier to print/copy? Copier speeds are measured by its PPM (Pages Per Minute). This information can be found in the specs sheet of the copier. Most copiers can comfortably print 20-50 pages per minute.