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Service Contracts – Part 2, Fax Machines

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Welcome to Part II of our three part series on service contracts. This article covers service contracts on high volume laser fax machines. Service contracts on high volume fax machines are much different than service contracts on a copy machines.

The difference is that fax machines are not billed by cost per copy. If you read my previous article “Service Contracts on Copiers,” then you know that cost per copy means that you are billed each time you make a copy. Fax machine service contracts are billed differently.

Understanding what is covered and what is not covered is very important to find out before you purchase a service contract on your fax machine. Most fax machine service contracts are billed annually and the supplies are normally not covered. Many service contracts do not include toner, drums or heat rollers. Many service companies will sell you supplies at a discounted rate as long as you are continuing to keep your machine on contract. They also may add an additional charge to cover circuit boards.

You can also purchase a “cleaning only contract.” You can purchase two or three cleanings or service calls per year in advance at a discounted rate. This way you keep your machine clean and if you run into trouble and you need to place a service call you will save money.

I always recommend installing a high quality surge protector on all copiers, fax machines and laser printers. This will protect your machine from power surges that could destroy your machine. Some surge protector companies have a guarantee that covers your machine if their surge protector does protect your machine against a high voltage surge.

Service contracts are similar to an insurance policy. They may or may not save you money. Many companies do not purchase service contracts on fax machines because they don’t cover everything as copier contracts do. They service their machine(s) on a per call basis. You will have to decide for yourself or your company if you will purchase a service contract for your fax machine.

Look for my next article in this series. “Service Contracts – Part III, Laser Printers.”

Bill Tucker

Top 5 Ways to Find Product That Sell on Ebay

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

There is a variety of ways to make a substantial income on eBay. Here are the best ways to find product to sell on eBay.

#1 Sales and Clearance

Most people start here with sales items and clearance. There are a few great ways to find product on sale that will make you a profit on eBay. First you want to make sure that the product is marked down at least 50% to allow yourself a decent profit after eBay fees. People will generally purchase an item on eBay for 30% below manufacture’s suggested retail price.

Department stores are a great place to find product to sell. Quite often department stores will have days where there is an additional 30-40% off sale items which is the best time to buy up for eBay since quite often this product is still current too.

Another way to get a great deal is to talk to a manager about getting a discount on entire clearance rack in a clothing store such as Abercrombie. Quite often they will give you an additional 50% off the sale price if you will take the entire rack off their hands.

Occasionally you can find hot sellers at discount stores like Big Lots so keep your eyes open.

#2 Product Available In Your Area, But Not Everywhere

You may have stores in your area that people do not have in other parts of the country such as outlet stores. For example, a top seller on eBay is Coach Handbags. The only place you can get Coach Handbags at a price discounted enough to make a profit on eBay is from a Coach outlet.

Specialty chain stores are also great sellers such as Pottery Barn clearance items. Many parts of the country do not have access to a Pottery Barn except through the catalogue and the miss out on in store sales.

#3 Classified Ads in Your Area

The first time we tried this we found a brand new sealed-in-box laser copier for $200 and we saw that it was going for $400 at Office Depot so we knew we could bank on this item. We hurried over and picked up the copier. The guy selling the copier could sense our excitement and made a comment that he might be underselling the machine. We sold the copier for $380 on eBay. Nice profit for an hour of work!

#4 Wholesalers

Once you start growing your business on eBay it will come to a point where purchasing from wholesalers makes the most sense because you can set up a standard operating procedure for your business that will keep it organized as you grow. Finding 10-20 top sellers on eBay through a wholesaler could easily ensure a six figure income without having to run around town and constantly create new ads. Pick a niche that you are interested in and that sells on eBay, and then look for wholesalers in that category.

You will need to be set up as a business to start purchasing from wholesalers with a valid EIN and Resellers Certificate.

#5 Buying Products Directly From the Manufacturers

China is by far the largest resource for product directly from the manufacturer. It can seem overwhelming purchasing from China for the first time. A good place to start to find product and manufacturers are the following sites:

Just contact the company through email that you are interested in their product and they will guide you through the whole process. Usually there are large minimum order requirements, but most companies are willing to allow a few sample orders so you can test the market for the product before investing thousands of dollars. These companies will also guide you through shipping and customs. Be careful buying known brand names since many are fake. Ordering from China is best for product where people aren’t sold by the brand name but the function of the product.

Good Luck selling one eBay!

Ben Stevens

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Ben Stevens

Brother Printers 101

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

span style=”font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman";”>There are many companies that now manufacture and distribute different printers depending on your needs. One of the lesser known printer brands is Brother. This article would provide you all the information that you will need before considering to buy a Brother inkjet or laser printer.

Kinds of Brother Printers Available
Brother offers a number of different printers to meet the needs of any customer.

Inkjet printers. Brother Inkjet printers are able to print out high quality text documents and images. These printers use liquid ink for the printing process.

Laser printers. This is one of the most sold products of Brother. The company offers both colored and monochromatic laser printer that use toners for high quality printing of text documents and images.

Multi-function printers. Brother also offers multi-function printers that are ideal for home businesses. These multi-function printers include:

Workgroup printers. Workgroup printers offer the same features as that of a multi-function printer. The difference between the two is that it can be used by multiple computers through a network.

Features of Multi-Function and Work Group Printers

The features of Brother’s multi-function and work group printers include:

Inkjet/laser printer
Fax machine
Network capability
USB ports
Advantages of Brother Multi-function and Workgroup Printers

Multi-function and workgroup printers are beneficial for business owners for a number of reasons. The first is that because these printers already have the basic office equipment needed for any business, you do not have to buy a fax machine and scanner separately.

Another benefit is that the work process can be done at a much faster rate, especially if you would need to send information to a client. Usually, if a document would need to be faxed over to a client, you would first need to print out a high quality copy of this material before having this faxed over to the client.

Lastly, workgroup printers minimize the cost of having to purchase multiple printers to handle the printing needs if your business has a lot of computers. Because this is connected to all of the computers used, a user can just simply select the printer in the list of printer selection and go to the workgroup printer to claim the printed out work.

Disadvantages of Multi-Function and Workgroup Printers

The main disadvantage of using multi-function printers and workgroup printers is that because it can handle a number of tasks, it tends to be more susceptible to breaking down, especially if it is overloaded with tasks. When one part of the printer breaks down and needs to be serviced, it would also mean that users would not have any access to the other functions.

John C. Arkin

Pros & Cons of Buying a Xerox Laser Printer or Copier for Your Home or Office

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Xerox has become so synonymous with printing and copying that people even use it as a verb that means to make copies. However, being well-known in an industry doesn’t necessarily translate into having the best products available. Keep reading to find about some of the good and the bad about Xerox laser printers and copiers.

Pros of Buying a Xerox Printer or Copier

Here are a few good reasons why you might want to consider buying a Xerox:

• Quality printing. One thing most consumers do agree on when it comes to Xerox printers and copiers is that you can’t get much better quality without using one of those $1,500 models you find at your local printing supply store. They do a great job on a wide range of paper styles and can provide professional-looking print jobs that amaze consumers.
• Fast warm up time. If you’ve used copiers or laser printers, you know that the first print or copy job of the morning can take forever because the machine has to warm up. With the Xerox printers and copiers, the warm up time is much faster than normal. One of their smaller laser printers, for example, had a warm up time of less than 15 seconds which is pretty good.
• Reputation. No one can deny that Xerox does have a strong reputation in the business. Professionals looking to purchase copiers almost always gravitate towards the Xerox brand because it is familiar and has a long history of providing quality products.

Cons of Buying a Xerox Printer or Copier

While buying a Xerox model can have some real advantages, there are a few considerations that might make it the wrong choice for you.

Size. Most of the Xerox laser printers and copiers are not compact enough to fit comfortably in a home or even in a small office. They are larger and bulkier than most of the units sold by other manufacturers. That’s because Xerox models tend to be sold towards a business audience.

Price. Xerox printers also tend to be fairly expensive. Because they are designed for a business-oriented market, the prices are several hundred dollars above what the average consumer probably wants to spend. Even one of the smallest laser printers offered by the company costs about $180 and that’s only for monochrome.

Ink Issues

While the larger Xerox printers do the best job, they have some issues that would not make them a good choice for homes. For example, many of the units must be left to continuously run. When they are turned off, they release their printer ink cartridges and that means you’ll end up paying a lot more for replacements than you should. On the other hand, if you leave them on then you’re going to end up running up a large electric bill and being annoyed by the often noisy operation.

Getting a Xerox?

Although Xerox laser printers and copiers may not be the right choice for personal use in most cases, they could be a great choice for offices. Remember to do some comparison shopping before finalizing your decision.

John C. Arkin