To Repair or Replace My Printer, That is the Question!

May 05, 2016

As much as we all wish they would, no machine works perfectly forever. At some point, your printer may start making funny sounds, produce strange looking prints, or stop working entirely. When this happens, you will be forced to make a decision: will you get your printer fixed, or will you choose to buy a new one?

Fix It

You should consider fixing your printer if:

  • The cost of repair is less than half of the value of your printer. If the cost is low, it may not be worth buying a new one.
  • The repair is simple. If you just need a new roller or perhaps need a tricky jam undone, just get it fixed!
  • Your printer is still fairly new. If your printer has all of the functions you want it to have, an upgrade is probably not worth the extra money you would need to spend to get a new one.

Replace It

Alternatively, you may want to consider replacing your printer if:

  • The cost of repair is 50-60% of the printer’s value. If your printer has several issues, there may be several parts that need to be replaced or repaired.
  • Your printer is old. Your printer may have been going along just fine, but now that it’s broken, it may be worthwhile to look into a newer model. Your old printer may not have wireless capabilities, duplex printing, or may print slower. An upgrade could be worth the extra cost.
  • A replacement printer would have a higher CPP rate (Cost Per Page). If you would get more pages printed for a lower cost with a newer model over your old one, it might be worth investing in a new printer. You can usually find the CPP rate of your printer online.

No matter what you choose to do with your printer, we can help! PrintStop offers repairs to broken printers and sells used and refurbished ones in case your old machine is beyond fixing.