Last Year’s Model
As with cars, brand-new copiers, printers and MFPs are continually being introduced to replace older models. This means that, like car dealers, some copier dealers may cut prices on older models to clear inventory space when a new model is announced. By taking last year’s model, you may be able to get a brand-new but slightly older model for a lower negotiated price (especially if your dealer has a number of them in inventory). While you won’t get the current state of the art, you can still buy a model that does an excellent job of meeting your needs.
If you’re willing to give up some of the newer functions that have become more popular with newer releases (such as open architecture capability, a color touch-screen control panel or hard disk drive overwrite on demand) you can lower acquisition costs even farther by installing a remanufactured or reconditioned printer, copier or MFP. If you do this, remember that you may not be able to upgrade to the capabilities available on newer models if you find you need those functions in the future.