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3 Mistakes to Avoid when Buying a Large Format Printer

Posted on Mon, May 1, 2017

Wide format printersBuying a large format printer can be an excellent investment for your business. By reducing the amount of money you have to spend at local print shops, you may end up paying back the cost of buying a large format printer in a few short years. With that said, many individuals and business owners make mistakes when buying such a printer. If you are on the market for a large format printer, keep these common mistakes in mind. It will help you find a device that fits for your budget, your company needs and the space you have available. 

1. Not Looking at the Overall Cost of a Large Format Printer

When shopping around you will undoubtedly compare the sticker price of different large format printers. However, this is not the only cost you need to look into. There are many other expenses associated with these printers, most of which are long term. For starters, consider the amount of energy each printer uses. An Energy Star printer is always recommended, yet depending on the features you want or the speed you need this may not be available. Some printers can require upwards of 100 watts more than other printers to run. Over the life of the printer this can add up to hundreds of dollars (if not more) in energy costs. 

Beyond the cost to power large format printers, consider ink and toner costs. Black and white printers usually have a lower sticker price and don't cost as much to maintain. However, if you are set on a color printer, look at the price of the toner/cartridges and the amount of pages/feet each can produce before running dry. Ink for this size of a printer is not cheap, so look into what everything costs before making your final decision.


2. Not Considering Space

Large format printers are just that: large. Some printers can take up an entire room while others may still require four or five feet in each direction in addition to space for the finished rolls of printed material. Don't just pick out a printer with the best specs. Know how much space you have to work with before deciding on a printer. This can save you from problems when the printer finally arrives.


3. Thinking Used is the Way to Go

Used printers are less expensive. When buying a large format printer you may see the greatly reduced cost of the used printer and think this is the way to go. More often than not it isn't. Large format printers are sold as used, refurbished and new. With a new printer you'll receive the latest technology, integration with your business network and operating system, not to mention certain features not found on previous models. A refurbished model has been looked over by the selling company, with worn down parts replaced (often with parts from other damaged models). A refurbished printer may work, but it is critical to know what operating system and networks it can work with. A used printer hasn't been completely inspected or fixed. It also may not sync with your upgraded OS and network. When investing in large format printers, skip used models. 

Buying a large format printer gives you the ability to product just about anything you may want in house. Long term this has the potential of slashing your marketing and external print shop costs. You just need to make sure to avoid falling into these three common mistakes others often make. As long as you do, you'll be well on your way to finding the best printer for your company needs. 

Interested in getting other great advice on Large Format Printers? Ask one of our experts at Governor Business Solutions! We will be more than happy to give you our honest advice on the best large format printer for your business. Click here or call Governor at 313-441-4600 to talk to a printer professional.

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