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How Much Does a Copier or Printer Service Contract Cost?

January 25th, 2024 | 5 min. read

By Marissa Olson

 

Despite the calls to reduce paperwork, printers and copiers are still a mainstay in modern offices. Today, you can either buy or lease a modern office copier to replace a range of other devices used in the office space and boost your team's productivity. 

After getting the printer, office copier dealers will often approach you with a printer or copier service contract. Although these service contracts are necessary for future purposes, it's essential to understand what you are getting yourself into. 

The essential part is getting a deal covering all your bases and knowing how to negotiate for these contracts. Read on as we dig deeper into more details on the pricing of service contracts for copiers or printers.

Related Article: Should You Lease or Buy Your Next Office Copier? Top Benefits of Each

What Does A Copier Or Multifunction Printer Service Contract Include?

Typically, a printer or copier service contract covers all the components directly related to the device. However, this doesn't protect the network on which the device operates. 

Most copier or printer service contracts cover the drums, toner, repairs, maintenance, and other components that aren't paper or staples if you use a finisher. 

These contracts are supposed to be hassle-free so that you can have quality time to concentrate on your business and focus on maintaining these devices or trying to figure out ways to troubleshoot issues. 

You may also get service contracts offering complimentary use of a loaner unit in cases where it's not possible to make immediate repairs on your printer or copier. 

However, while this is a valuable benefit to your business, it's not an industry standard. Therefore, always confirm with the dealer if they offer this service before signing the printer service contract. 

Regardless of the dealer or manufacturer, it's essential to understand the fine print in every agreement. This can save you lots of headaches down the line. 

Unfortunately, some more incendiary fine print has details such as quarterly or yearly service fee increases, drastic overage fees, and some exceptions in the case of ongoing maintenance that don't accommodate the normal wear and tear problems.

You also need to keep in mind the elements that a service contract doesn't cover. We have witnessed cases where a device malfunctions or fails to work entirely due to an external factor and not the device itself. 

In this case, you will most likely have to deal with the issue yourself because the malfunction is due to an external problem. For instance, if something or someone at your company messed up with the device, then you'll have to foot the bill for the repairs.

How Does a Copier or Printer Service Contract Work?

Dealers and manufacturers offer different options in their service contracts so that you can choose among the following contractual choices.

Pay-As-You-Go

If you sign up for this option, you will have to pay for the service or repairs when it's required. However, we found this a bit inconvenient, keeping in mind that the toner costs can be expensive for most businesses.

 Also, like any other equipment, your copier will require frequent repairs with age.

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All-In-One Lease Payment

Generally speaking, a lease payment includes a particular number of copies or prints allotted every month. For instance, if you lease a color copier or printer, it mostly comes with a set of black, white, and color toner cartridges.

Note that if you get beyond the particular allotted amount, you will pay a specific fee per page—these are called overages. If you lease a piece of equipment for a fixed monthly payment or amount, it includes a fixed amount of black and white or color prints. 

Also, since you are paying fixed monthly fees, you will only pay what you print.

Lease and Maintenance are Separate

Also referred to as a cost-per-pay contract, lease and maintenance charges are separate in this type of service contract. 

The agreement offers preventive services that cover supplies, parts, and unlimited training. The advantage of utilizing this option is that you don't have to pay for anything you don't use. 

If your agreement states that you pay a set amount per page, your dealership will multiply the total number of pages or copies by that amount. If you operate a small or medium-sized business, this agreement can be more economical.  

You will pay the monthly cost per page and maintenance charge as a separate monthly bill. However, you can still go for the 'all-in-one option' covering supplies, parts, and preventative maintenance.

What Elements Affect a Copier or Printer Service Contract Cost?

Some of the elements that determine the cost a of service contract include:

Overage

Preventative maintenance may not be required of a brand-new machine and tends to be much lower than a very old copier or printer. This is because equipment parts get worn with age, and after some time, you will have to replace equipment parts, increasing maintenance charges.

Speed and Paper Output

The speed and output are essential in determining the cost of a service contract.

For instance, if your business uses a printer at 80% capacity, you will incur a higher maintenance charge than a company that utilizes about 20% of the printer's capacity.

Additional Factors

Other elements also play a crucial part in determining the copier service contract price, such as:

  • How often does your copier need replacement parts

  • Whether the copy machine is color or black and white

  • If the copier spare parts are readily available on the market

  • Updating software installed on the copier 

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Key Takeaway: The Cost Of A Copier Or Printer Service Contract 

Office copiers are essential in any workspace, so you'll want to be clear about all details before signing the service contract to avoid extra costs on repairing a piece of office equipment after the lease has expired.

Before signing any copier or printer service agreement, read and understand the fine print and know your lease or purchase payment. the exact payment needed. Give us a call and let us help walk you through the process. We’re here to give you peace of mind to help you meet your business objectives.

Marissa Olson

A true southerner from Atlanta, Georgia, Marissa has always had a strong passion for writing and storytelling. She moved out west in 2018 where she became an expert on all things business technology-related as the Content Producer at AIS. Coupled with her knowledge of SEO best practices, she's been integral in catapulting AIS to the digital forefront of the industry. In her free time, she enjoys sipping wine and hanging out with her rescue-dog, WIllow. Basically, she loves wine and dogs, but not whiny dogs.