12 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Good Buy or Goodbye?

Good BuyYou find yourself at a pawn shop or garage sale or, perhaps, online and you run across a great deal on a used printer, or is it? How do you know? Here are seven steps to evaluating your next great find to see if it really is worth spending a few dollars or more importantly, your time on.

  1. Visual Inspection – This one is obvious. Give the machine a complete once over. Don’t forget to pull out the trays, open all the access doors and even pull out the cartridges to make sure that everything is there and appears to be in good working order.
  2. Print a configuration – If you’re not sure how to do this, check out our previous blog with instructions on how to do this.
  3. Print a supplies status page – If there is one, it should be with the other reports for the printer. This could give you great insight as to what supplies are required to operate the printer as well as how much life is left in the one presently in the printer.
  4. Print from every tray – Many printers have more than one tray to print from. There is usually a standard paper tray as well as a manual feed tray for envelopes etc. Make sure that they are all in working order.
  5. Print from a computer – Make sure that it is communicating with the computer and that it’s doing so through the port that you will be using (i.e. USB, network etc.)
  6. Check on the print driver – Verify that your can get a current print driver for the operating system that you are using. There are some printers out there that will operate perfectly but do not have a driver for your computer to use them.
  7. Check supply pricing – Owning a particular printer may be cost prohibitive if the cartridges are too expensive. Also, while you’re at it, check on the pricing for any maintenance items that will need to be replaced in the future.

Without a doubt, there are good deals to be had out there. The trick is to make sure that is really a good deal and not just an opportunity to purchase someone else’s problem. Good luck and happy hunting.

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