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What to avoid when buying second hand printers February 17, 2011

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If you are thinking of buying a second hand printer then there are some things that you will need to keep in mind.  There are certain things that you have to avoid when you are buying used or refurbished equipment.  There are also a few things that you will need to look for when you are checking the equipment out.

Knowing what you want

Something that you should avoid is going into buying blind.  You will need to have a fair idea about what you want in your second hand copiers or printers.  Their capacity is the first thing you should look at.  Are you going to be using it often and for great volumes?  If at all possible you should also try and find the model of printer that will best suit your needs.  If you have an idea of the model you want you could simply look for that one and know that it is exactly what you need.

Refurbished versus used

You will need to take into account that some second hand printers are in fact refurbished printers.  Are you alright with getting a refurbished one?  Any people will rather buy refurbished equipment as it will need to be checked by the company and fixed.  The great thing about refurbished printers is that you will often get a warranty and you can be relatively sure that there will be no major problems with it in the near future.

Always check it out yourself

If you are thinking about buying used photocopiers or printers from someone you found in the local newspaper you should check the equipment before you buy it.  You should avoid buying any used equipment without seeing it first.  If you are not allowed to then perhaps you should look elsewhere.

If you do have the opportunity to see the equipment then there are some things you should check for.  If the printer is an ink jet check for ink spills on the equipment.  This may mean that there is a problem with the cartridges.  You also need to check if there is any paper stuck in the paper supply line.

Test prints are a good idea

If you are able to you should ask for a test print.  The test print can be of anything because all you want to see is whether or not it works well.  You do not even have to hook the printer to a computer and physically print something.  Just turn the printer on and put in some paper to see that there are no problems with the printer.

Guarantees are not always there

If you are going to be buying a printer from someone out of the local paper or online you will not get any guarantees with it.  Of course you will be able to get a guarantee and warranty with refurbished printers and used printers from a reputable store.

When you are looking to buy a second hand printer there are some things you have to avoid and some things you need to look out for.  Having some idea of what you want is the best thing.  If you are able to choose a model that you want it is even better.

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10 things you need to know before buying second hand copiers 3/3 January 15, 2011

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7. As new contracts

If a machine has been refurbished correctly then there should be no problem with getting an as new contract.  All contracts should be the same as if you have a new machine.  If there is a problem with getting this kind of contract then there may be a problem with the refurbishment process.

8. Lease before buying

An option that may be open is to lease the used copier before you buy it.  This is a great way to see the condition of the copier and if it is worth the money.  You will also be able to see if the copier will suit your needs.

9. Look at the cover

While people say not to judge a book by its cover a copier is another thing all together.  If the casing of the copier is damaged and has large creaks in it then you should look at not buying it.  Additionally buttons that are worn or missing are a good indication of the life expectancy of the copier.

10. New features

Should you buy a used copier at all?  New models will have additional features and they will also be more eco friendly.  If you buy an older copier then you will not have the same features.  Additionally you may find that you use more resources.

There are a number of things to look at when buying second hand copiers.  It is important to know the process used to fix the copier.  Service contracts should be as new and the same as new copiers or there may be something wrong.

10 things you need to know before buying second hand copiers 2/3 January 7, 2011

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4. Refurbished copiers

Another type of copier you can get is a refurbished one.  Many people believe that this is a good type of second hand copier as it has already been serviced.  Of course you will need to be sure that the refurbishment was done by someone reputable.

5. The refurbishment process

If you are going to buy a refurbished copier you will need to know how the copier was refurbished.  Just having the copier cleaned inside and out will not always fix a problem that the copier had.  Ask the person you are buying from about the refurbishment process so that you know if it is more in depth than a simple clean.

6. Service contracts

Having a look at the service contract is also very important.  When you buy the copier get a contract that will cover all the services you may need.  Most important is to get one that covers maintenance services and parts they need.

Things you need to know before buying second hand copiers 1/3 January 1, 2011

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If you are going to buy second hand copiers then there are some things you have to know about.  These things will help you buy a copier that will work for longer than a few months and produce quality copies.  If you buy a used copier then certain things have to be looked at.

1. Age of copier

If you are looking to buy a second hand copier you need to know a little about the copier.  The make and model is the first place to go but knowing how old the copier is would also be a good idea.  The life span of a copier is only a certain number of years before you will not be able to use it any more.

2. Availability of spares

There are certain things that you have to get for your copier.  Ink cartridges are one of these things but there is a problem.  After a certain amount of time a copier becomes obsolete and company will no longer manufacture the ink cartridges.  Knowing if you can still get cartridges is very important.

3. What it did before

Who used the copier before and how much work it did is also important.  Ex lease equipment is one of the types of used copiers you will be able to get.  You should be careful with this type of copier as it may have undergone heavy use and need to be cleaned and serviced soon.

Buying a second hand copier April 20, 2010

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Another option is to purchase a second hand copier. Buying a second hand copier significantly lowers the purchase price, and can still offer years of reliable service. The best way to buy a used copier is from an authorised reseller of a well known brand name.

Most authorised resellers lease out new copiers, and then sell them when they are upgraded. In these cases, the copiers will typically have been well maintained, and should function well for many years. You may want to be more careful if you are considering purchasing a used copier from its previous owner. Find out why they are getting rid of it.

Make sure it works and has been maintained appropriately and serviced regularly. Also satisfy yourself that you will be able to get a service contract from the brand authorised service agent.se