Leasing versus Buying

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Leasing versus Buying a Wide Format Printer


A wide format printer can cost a lot of money upfront. If a wide format printer is essential to your business operations, you will need to find a way to acquire one. When it comes to getting a wide format printer, you have two options.

  1. Purchase
  2. Lease

There are pros and cons to both options. Whether you should lease or purchase will depend on your needs and financial situation.

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Some things you should consider:

  • The amount you can afford
  • How you will pay
  • Credit or lease options
  • How long before you will need to upgrade to a newer model

Purchasing a Wide Format Printer

There are benefits to purchasing a wide format printer outright. If you have enough capital, you can make a cash purchase. If you prefer to purchase but do not have the funds, you can finance. Here are the pros and cons of each option:

Purchasing a Wide Format Printer with Cash

pros and cons of paying with cash

Purchasing a Wide Format Printer with Financing

pros and cons of purchasing with financing

Leasing a Wide Format Printer

When you cannot afford to purchase a wide format printer, leasing is an excellent alternative. Even if you can afford to purchase a printer, you may find that you prefer to lease due to the benefits of leasing. A lease spans a fixed period of time and is binding. You cannot cancel the lease without a penalty, but there are still advantages you might find appealing.

leasing a wide format printer

Should I lease or purchase?

Now that you know the pros and cons of both options, how do you know which one works best for your business? Below is a simple chart to help guide you in your decision process.

Lease or Purchase

In summary: If you have the money and do not plan to regularly upgrade your equipment, go ahead and make the purchase. Keep in mind that inkjet printers last 3 to 4 years and toner printers last 5 to 10 years. You can always sell the printer at a later date and recapture some of the investment.
If you do not have the funds for the upfront cost of a printer or if you want to be able to regularly upgrade to a newer model, then leasing is the way to go.

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