Recycling, repairing and using every appliance or machine until they can truly no longer be used is not just an economic measure today, but a necessity. Purchasing second-hand products – either for personal use or with business purposes – is an easily achievable and efficient way to act responsibly.
Both from an economical and from an ecological perspective, people should really make an effort to become more open-minded regarding second-hand products and stop wasting money and encouraging the reckless exploitation of resources, as well as the endless production of substances and items that are right from the start or end up being harmful for the environment. No one says that everybody should stop purchasing brand new products altogether, but it is a good idea to consider the other option before buying something and make a final decision regarding the best alternative after weighing the pros and cons.
Besides the ecological aspect, the main advantage of used machines is, of course, that they are cheaper. That is a very important factor when you are working on a limited budget. If you have to replace a broken press, which cannot be fixed or which is beyond economical repair, and if the business is not particularly great, so you cannot afford buying a new one either, second-hand equipment is a very good option.
However, you should always think in a long-term perspective. If you don’t get the results that you need with an older model, you won’t save up anything by purchasing one. At the same time, there is no reason why you would spend an enormous sum on a cutting-edge model if your business can work with an older one just as well. A limited budget is not the only situation in which used printers can prove to be a better choice. Even if you do have the money to purchase the latest Hewlett-Packard model, actually investing in it might not necessarily be worth it.
Although purchasing used printing equipment is often a wise choice, you should not rush making such an investment before considering the advantages and the disadvantages. In order to do so, you, first of all, have to be well aware of your company’s needs and resources. On the one hand, you have to consider the budget you have available for the investment, but, on the other hand, you also need to take into account the business’s needs regarding the performance of the press, as well as your employee’s training and experience.
You cannot ask someone who has worked all their life with KBA models from the ’80 to handle a Xerox Nuvera 200/288 MX, just as you cannot ask a young employees who is only familiar with cutting-edge technology to work with a machine that is one, two, even three decades old. The pros and cons depend on your particular situation: just take your time to figure things out before ordering a machine. It is the only way in which you can make sure you won’t regret purchasing second-hand equipment.