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Copier Service Response Time: What’s Reasonable and What’s Way Too Long

Last week I received a call  from the office manager of a company here in Baltimore, Maryland looking to lease a new copier.

As I usually do when I receive a call like this I began asking this office manager a few questions about their current copier situation and why they might be looking to leave their current vendor.

She gave me a few of the usual answers like the copier is jamming a lot, the copier is regularly down going altogether and they’re not at all happy with the service from their existing copier company.

From there I scheduled an appointment to meet with the office manager and general manager of the compan.

If you’ve visited this blog before you’ll know that often when I meet with prospective customers and begin asking these types of detailed questions I’m stunned by the answers. I guess I shouldn’t be stunned  any more but it’s kind of hard not to be when you find out how badly people are being taken advantage of by morally challenged (shady) copier companies.

When I arrived at the company and was waiting for the office manager and General Manager to meet with me I observed they had an old Lanier copier right there in the front office. When I say an old Lanier, I mean OLD. At least 12 years old.

After asking my more detailed questions I found out 2 things that really did shock and amaze me.

1) They have been paying a lease payment for their old copier for at least the past 8 YEARS. Yes I said AT LEAST 8 YEARS!

They even suspect that 8 years ago when the copier was first delivered that it was already used. Judging from the make and model of the copier I think they’re probably right.

The issue of paying a lease payment for the same copier for years and years perpetually is one I’ve seen many times before. It’s called “ever-greening”. What it means is that the lease will continue to self-renew until the customer says stop with written notice.

I think it’s called ever-greening because the copier companies bank accounts are becoming greener by ripping off people who are too busy running their businesses to pay attention to whats happening to them.

This practice is very common so I decided to dedicate a whole post to it in the next few months.

Now lets move on to shocking discovery number 2.

2) The existing copier company regularly takes up to 4 business days to service the copier.

No I’m not joking. I wish I was. On more than one occasion this company has been without a copier for 4 days and even at their best this company would take 2 days to get there.

So you have something to compare to my company offers all of our customers a 4 hour service guarantee. From the time you pick up the phone and call us we have 4 hours to get to your location to service the copier. If we don’t get there within 4 hours we will credit our customers $100.00 toward their next service plan invoice.

We rarely have to pay. We’re dedicated to providing top notch service.

While a 4 hour service guarantee may be a bit on the ambitious side I think same day or next day service are totally reasonable expectations. If your copier company is taking longer than that on a regular basis you may want to consider having a polite conversation with them about the issue.

If that doesn’t work it may be time to consider looking into other companies who can service your brand of copier.

I hope this information helps. As always feel free to email or call me with any questions about buying or leasing copiers.

If your business is located in Maryland, Washington DC, or Northern Virginia and you would like a competitive quote from a copier salesperson who will tell you the truth (even when it hurts), please fill out the quick easy form below and I would be glad to help.

If you are anywhere else in the United States and would like my recommendation for copier companies in your local area fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you asap.

As always you can also ask me any copier buying question you like and I’ll do my best to give you a solid answer.

Thanks for stopping by. Have fun.

Ed Worthington

 

 

 

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Save Your Organization Big Time and Big Money

August 13, 2012 Leave a comment

In this tough economy everyone is trying to find ways to save their business time and money.

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If your business is located in the Baltimore, Maryland or Washington DC area and would like to know more, click the link below and then call or email me with you questions. ed@edworthington.com or 443-570-0414 We offer a NO PRESSURE, NO OBLIGATION assessment of your current situation to see how much we can save you

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Copier Troubleshooting Guide

For those of you who work with copiers everyday issues like jamming, lines on the paper, ect can be very frustrating. Check out this Copier Troubleshooting Guide. It was put together by a trainer in our office here in Baltimore, Maryland. She has lots of experience and knows what she is talking about.

Copier Troubleshooting Guide

Save your Healthcare Practice Time and Money with Software Designed Just for Your Practice!

If you own or manage a health care practice in the Baltimore, Maryland or  Washington DC area than Lexmark’s Clinical Assistant software is something you really should know about.

The Lexmark Clinical Assistant is a software bundle for Lexmark multifunction printers (MFPs) customized specifically for the healthcare industry. Clinical Assistant applications are designed to address common workflow challenges in clinical environments to help increase staff productivity and reduce errors.

Take a look at this video for a quick overview.

If you have questions or comments give me a call or email. 443-570-0414 eworthington@abscare.com

http://www.lexmark.com/US/X646ca/x646ca_new.html

Copier Cost Analysis and Comparison Worksheet

In order to assist one of my Baltimore copier clients in comparing the cost of his existing copier and document management solution to that of what I was proposing I developed this Copier Cost Analysis and Comparison Worksheet.

I thought it may be useful to you so I have posted it here.

Copier Cost Analysis and Comparison Worksheet_032112

Hope it helps!

Ed

443-570-0414   eworthington@abscare.com