3 Lessons Learned After Buying the Wrong Printer

With the rise of remote workers and home-based businesses, there's naturally more focus on the well-equipped home office. The right office equipment can help save time and money, so it's important to get it right the first time.

Getting it Right

You may have already been down this road: You select a printer from a big box office equipment store because the price is right. The sales person says it's one of their top sellers, so you feel good about your purchase.

Two months later, you're not so sure. You've already gone through two cycles of expensive ink cartridges even though you print less than a dozen copies on the average work day. Apparently this "top seller" is also a top donation to the local charity thrift store.

It's time to cut your losses and begin again, but before you do, here are three takeaways from your unfortunate "top seller" experience:

1. Professional Businesses Require Professional Office Equipment

A professional office equipment vendor isn't interested in selling you a printer you'll want to pitch through the window two months later. They offer reliable equipment from award-winning technology providers, and they stand behind what they sell.

2. Research the TCO

That cheap printer we discussed above may have been easy to purchase and get in the door, but the savings stopped there. The total cost of ownership includes expenses like ink or toner cartridges, maintenance, and parts. Printers that gobble up ink at alarming rates or that stop working in the middle of a project are no bargain. Discuss TCO with your equipment vendor, so you know what to expect.

3. Match the Printer to Your Requirements

Your professional office equipment vendor can help you select the perfect printer for your needs. Among other things, they'll consider:

  • Monthly duty cycle
  • Page-per-minute
  • Network connectivity
  • Professional finishing features
  • Digital workflow capabilities

For help selecting the right office equipment the first time around, contact us at American Business Equipment today.