"Do I buy a new printer or fix my old one?" I do not know how many times I've heard this question, but I wish I got nickel every time. Of course, if they ask for a salesperson, they are ready for their response … always "yes". But as a technician I would like to analyze the question a bit before I gave the answer. The standard equation has always been that if more than half of the repair is done to the machine, replace it. But as the printer technology further develops and smaller printers keep on, this standard changes.
Just to show an example, a $ 1,000 laser printer can easily take up to 150,000 pages before it ever stops. When there is a need for repairs, a $ 500 maintenance kit (including workforce) will not ruin anything. It's almost standard. And $ 500 will probably take over 150,000 pages. In that case, if you replaced the printer, you would have lost $ 500.
So once we get a dollar, the modern equation has changed, despite the fact that the printer has given a standard answer to the traders.
Of course, the cost of repair and cost of the printer is not the only thing that should be considered again. You have to watch time, technological progress and other things. Finally, you will not get a short, simple answer … but a list of benefits and disadvantages taking into account all of the following:
Small Consistent Repairs – If a machine decays every other month, it probably has an upgrade time. even if repairs are inexpensive. It should not be confused often. If you are, you or your parts are old and become fragile, or the machine itself is not prepared for the amount of work it is doing. Acceptable "pause" & # 39; the period is four months.
Components – For smaller machines, the availability of components is usually a decisive factor when trying to decide whether they are replaced or repaired. Especially with the inkjet printer. In fact, the chance of improving the inkjet machine is very thin, as inkjet parts are generally not manufactured – the machine is designed to be replaceable.
Down Time – Sometimes it's not the end of the world when a machine is sitting in the corner waiting for parts for a week. Sometimes this is the end of the world. If your business relies on your machine, you should consider some things: 1-Is the machine right for long periods of interruption? 2-Is the machine a popular model, and are there parts that are easily accessible when the machine is broken? 3 Is there anything to save? & # 39; If you did not answer & # 39; you have bought these questions to buy a good, reliable, POPULAR machine.
Technology – Hey – it's changing and it's changing fast. If you are still using a parallel port, then it's time to switch. Yes, there are always things that help to convert from USB to parallel, but there are other software and memory changes that make it impossible to use old printers. If you think about updating your computer systems for the next few years, you have also bought it to upgrade your printer.
Supplies – It is very difficult to leave an old printer when using a whole stack of unused toner cartridges. Especially if you can not sell them to recover their costs. If the printer spends too much on the repair, it will spend one dollar of money to save the nickel. However, some "old reliable" & # 39; you can use bulk printer or backups, so you do not always have total loss.
Although all this is a good thing to consider when fixing a printer, sometimes the final decision is a simple budget consideration. The most important question can be simply: Do we have enough money for a new printer? Your technician can not help answering this, but your experience can usually help you get the price you will pay if you rely on your old machine.