Is a Refurbished Laser Printer Right For You?

You’re sure to have lots of questions about the best way to go if you’re currently thinking of starting a business from home, buying a computer or replacing that old, tired, worn out printer that’s been giving you fits.

If you’ve decided on the brand of laser printer you want to buy, you still may be wondering about a refurbished vs. a new one, especially if buying a new one is outside your budget limits.

Let’s say you know which brand of printer you want, Canon for instance, and you know you can’t justify the price of the model that would best suit your needs, you might entertain the thought of a refurbished model.

You may not be familiar with the term refurbished printer and may have some questions

Would buying a refurbished printer be like buying a used one? If I buy one of these, am I just buying a used printer?

If these printers are just as good as new, why are they so cheap compared to new ones?

You may be thinking of that old saying that buying a used printer is just buying someone else’s problems

Where do you go to look for refurbished printers?

How much could you expect to save by buying one of these vs. a new one?

What is, normally, a fair price to pay for one in relation to a new one?

I know that certain terms have different meanings and so I’m not sure if there are laws that state what refurbished means.

Here are some of the bare facts about refurbished laser printers.

It’s entirely possible that you could buy a refurbished printer that has never even been used at all or which has had very limited use.

Some printers were merely cancelled by the consumer or were returned to the factory by a consumer for one reason or another.

Many manufacturers will not try to resell these printers as new and so you get them at a very healthy discount.

Another source of refurbished products is caused by overstocking of products or models that were used as demos.

Some other ways a printer might be refurbished is if they were used as rental or leased out to companies that had returned them after the lease period had expired.

Many times you’ll find printers that were returned by people who had leased or rented them for use in training programs or temporary assignments and then sent them back at the end of the lease.

You’ll find that some people don’t want to buy a product and then after opening it find a small defect in the finish or other type of blemish so they return it unused and it’s put out as refurbished.

Another situation that leads to a printer being returned is lack of understanding of the set up instructions or operating manual and these printers might be returned when nothing is the matter with them.

Most of the time these printers are just checked out, to see that nothing is actually wrong with them, and then put on the market as refurbished units.

Buying a product and then returning it just before the trial period expires is a game that many people play so they can get a newer printer or another model they want when there’s nothing wrong with the unit.

All these types of conditions may be what results in a printer being checked out by the manufacturer and then placed for sale as refurbished.

Unfortunately, the industry doesn’t put out a standard definition of what can be called refurbished.

You might find a unit that has only been cleaned and mildly tested being put out for sale as refurbished.

This is probably the rarer occasion, but it pays to know the company you are dealing with has a reputation for honesty.

Dealing with private party sellers can be especially trick because you don’t know if they have actually had the printer refurbished or if they just cleaned it up really well and are selling you a used product.

A reputable company will do a thorough check of the printer and repair or replace any defective parts so you should be getting a machine that is more closely related to a brand new one.