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Buying a Multi-Function Printer Online vs. From a Dealer - Which is Better?

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The first thing that comes to mind when considering the topic of purchasing a Multi-Function Printer (MFP) online versus from a dealer is Aesop’s Fables: the story of The Tortoise and the Hare.

A quick start doesn’t ensure a fast finish.

ONLINE VS. DEALER — COMPARE AND CONTRAST

Online:

  • - Cheaper
  • - Faster
  • - Don’t know exactly what you’ll get — e.g. refurbished vs. new
  • - Might not have access to best options
  • - Comes on a pallet, must be assembled, won’t have help during set up
  • - Manual solution set up
  • - Manual network connections
  • - Must pay per service call

Dealer:

  • - More expensive
  • - More involved buying process
  • - Safe delivery
  • - Pre-assembled
  • - Set up is taken care of
  • - Customized solutions will be set up by the dealer
  • - Dealer will manage network connections
  • - Training is provided
  • - Access to best options
  • - Know exactly what you’ll get

ONLINE VS. DEALER — YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

There’s no doubt that purchasing a MFP from an online source is cheaper than buying from a dealer. Over the lifecycle of your MFP, however, this cost differential only remains true if your MFP doesn’t need maintenance — and let’s be honest — how often does a printer work perfectly 100% of the time?

Parts wear out, trays jam, automation solutions require upkeep and constant monitoring — and while these are all factors that will be taken care of when purchasing a MFP from a dealer, they will all be your responsibility if you’ve purchased that MFP online.

What it really comes down to is this; do you want to spend less money upfront — or save time, energy, and resources throughout the lifecycle of your MFP?

MFPs are designed to increase your business’ efficiency — if you’re taking away time from your employees’ day so they can maintain and monitor your MFP, there will be a noticeable reduction in your business’ efficiency.

If your business doesn’t plan on using your MFP all to often, and isn’t worried about automation solutions, buying a MFP online might be a good option — but be aware that for every call to a service technician, you’ll need to pay out of pocket for their services.

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