Printing like a Pro: Buy or Lease?

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Everything about your company is unique, from your computers to your budget to your employees, so shouldn't the same be true for your printers? There's no need to use a "one-size-fits-all" solution, especially when it comes to buying versus leasing. That's why we're going to help you decide which choice is best for your unique needs.

Getting Your Printers

Once you do all the research necessary to choose the perfect multifunction printer, you're still not quite done. There's still the question of how you're going to get that printer. Will you buy, or would you rather lease? The truth is that both options have their benefits and downsides--and to make the right choice, you need to know all the facts.

Buying

Pros:
  • Buying is easy. When you choose to buy your printers, all you have to do is choose the right device and then go out and find the best price.
  • You control the maintenance. Sometimes, leasing comes with specifications about how and when you must perform maintenance on your printers. Buying the machine means you get to stay in charge of every little detail.
  • Purchased equipment is deductible. According to section 179 of the IRS code, you can deduct the full cost of your new printer within a year.
Cons:
  • Upfront costs are high. At the end of the day, you might have to do some fancy financial footwork just to pay for the printer.
  • Buying equipment is a commitment. Although they'll continue to work hard, printers do get outdated--and when you buy, you're stuck with one machine.

Leasing

Pros:
  • Leasing is flexible. You get exactly what you want now, plus the ability to upgrade later--and that gives you a definite competitive edge.
  • You can negotiate fees. Financially, leases are an excellent choice because you don't have to pay anything upfront and you can negotiate the terms. That's good news for your budget.
  • There's less stress. Leases are predictable. You know exactly who's in charge of what and what you're expected to pay every month.
Cons:
  • Leasing is more expensive. Over the course of your lease, you will end up paying more than if you'd bought the printer outright.
  • Leasing is also a commitment. When you lease, you're agreeing to pay for the entire period, whether your needs change or not.

So, what's the right choice for getting your printers? Let us help you choose. Contact us today!

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