Key Considerations for Equipment Purchases
So you’re at PRINTING United 2019, looking at the latest and greatest equipment. Maybe you’re considering purchasing to expand the service offerings of your shop.
But, alongside the business angle – i.e. whether or not you have the client base to support your purchase – there are several additional questions you’ll want to answer before making the investment in new equipment.
To that end, you’ll want to attend the session, “Key Considerations for Equipment Purchases” Thursday at 1:00pm in Room C141, presented by Matthew Rhome, a lead in Business Development, Fabric Imaging for Epson America (Booths 5410, 5610).
For example, one key consideration, says Rhome, is whether or not the manufacturer makes its own equipment. If the company that does not make its own component parts, you may be taking a risk on whether the OEM continues the supply chain. Many of these machines using third-party parts are not built with the authorization or approval from the original manufacturer.
Another critical question is where to purchase that equipment. Many print service providers buy their equipment from a dealer, but of course not all dealers are the same. They have different levels of expertise in different areas of the printing spectrum. Does your dealer understand your market and customer base? Does your dealer offer installation and training? What kind of support services are available?
It’s also important to understand and know the warranty being offered. Many print shop owners don’t read the warranty until something breaks down.
Are you looking at buying a printer? Make sure to have samples printed using your own files. This will tell you whether or not that printer is the right one of for your shop.
These are just a few of the key considerations when buying new equipment. Make sure to attend this session, so you’ll be prepared on the show floor.