When to purchase a discontinued or used scanner and when it’s important to buy new!
We are asked all the time at Scanner One… do you have any used scanners? Most of the time we only have one or two scanners in the used area. So, when is a good time to purchase a used scanner. In most cases it is a good time to purchase one when the unit has a low scan count. Look at the total number of scans on the unit. If the unit is rated for 1,000 to 2,000 pages per day and the unit only has 3,000 scans on it then this is a great buy. Make sure the scanner is in working condition and it actually scans well enough to produce images which look good.
Now if you are looking at a scanner and it is one of those large high volume document scanners then you want to be a little more cautious. These scanners can scan a couple of million scans in a year. So if you find one that has 1 million scans on it you want to look at the following;
- How old the scanner is
- How long was it used during the scan project
- Do you have a history of the scanner
- Make sure it was under service during the project
- Does the unit come with a warranty or can you purchase an extended warranty
- Make sure if the unit has been discontinued by the manufacture they still make parts. Nothing worse than buying a scanner and finding out parts are no longer available.
When you purchase a used scanner make sure to purchase the additional roller kit. Most of the time a company will not replace the rollers because of the cost. With used equipment most resellers want to keep the cost down so they can move the equipment fast. We generally only have used equipment for about a week. The equipment moves fast and our customers call us on a regular bases asking what we have for inventory. To help our customers with our inventory of used scanners we have a link now for Used/Demo equipment http://www.scannerone.com/deals.php
What is a good price for a used document scanner?
It depends on the scanner. WE generally price our scanners around half of the price of a new scanner. When purchasing small desktop scanners or “Small Office” used Document Scanners make sure you get a good price on the unit. Today these scanners are considered disposable scanners. So if you purchase a used scanner for $300.00 and it last you 18 months or longer then that is a great used document scanner. If you purchase a used scanner for $300.00 and it last 3 months then that was a bad purchase. In this case you may want to look at a new scanner that comes with a manufacture warranty.
Extended Warranty Options
Most companies will offer extended warranties for small office scanners. These warranties usually run about $99.00 for the year. The extended warranty could be a great way for you to protect your investment for as little as $.27 cents a day. Again, keep in mind replacement roller kits are never included in the extended warranties. You will need to purchase those as you need them.
To see our list of Used or Hot Demo Deals visit us on the web or by clicking the following link.
If you don’t see a scanner you are looking for give us a call. We have thousands of customers and we may be able to find the scanner for you.
Hope this helps you in making the right decision when purchasing USED VS New.