How Much Does A New Copier Cost?

Calendar Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

multi-function copier buttonsPhotocopiers are still an important and intricate part of the business world. The roots of a photocopier can be traced back to Johannes Gutenberg, and his invention of the printing press. The goal of the press was to create duplicates of works, and the photocopier does the same thing. Photocopiers have become such a large and expansive industry, that there is a photocopier for every type of business. Many small businesses find themselves wondering whether or not they need a photocopier, and just how much the copier will cost the business, both upfront and in the long run.

How Much Do Copiers Cost?

Not all copy machines are created equally, and thus, the pricing of copy machines vary widely. For example, the fastest copy machine currently on the market can make about 150 copies per minute. Commercial copiers can make about 300 copies per minute using spool fed paper. These machines are, obviously, relatively expensive in comparison to smaller machines that make far fewer copies each minute. Personal printers that include a copy mechanism can cost as little as $100. A dedicated copy machine can cost between $500 and $5,000 depending on the style, model, and specialty tasks it can complete. The type of copier you need will largely depend on the type of business you are running, and your business’ copy needs.

What Is The Cost Of Maintenance?

Once a copier has been purchased, maintenance has to also be considered in the overall cost. According to recent statistics, about 20 percent of photocopiers have needed maintenance calls because they are being used improperly. Sitting on the copier, making copies of unnecessary items, and trying to copy items that shouldn’t be placed on the delicate glass of a copier are the causes of many maintenance calls. Paper jams, toner issues and other mechanical problems account for maintenance calls as well. Industry insiders suggest, however, that copiers, when treated properly, need very little in the way of maintenance, and toner cartridges are relatively cheap. Toner can cost between $50 and $200 depending on the copier in question.

Are Copiers Necessary For All Businesses?

Simply put, no. Small businesses can often get away without having a copier on hand; however, they do help a business become more efficient. Copiers allow for invoices to be copied cheaper than double printing, and they can be used to ensure all employees have the necessary information. While small businesses don’t necessarily need one, they are helpful. Large and mid-size businesses, on the other hand, will have a hard time getting through traditional business protocol without a copier.

Whether you are starting up a home business, or running a large corporations, odds are you’ll need a copy of something at some point. Having a photocopier on hand can make your business run more smoothly, but if you are confused about your copying needs, check with the professionals at UCI. They will be happy to help you find a copier to fit your business needs.