Opinions needed - Is it worth keeping this color laser printer?

Posted on 2007-07-30
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
I purchase a brand-new Konica-Minolta Magicolor 7300 Color Laser Printer in January 2005 (with a warranty through Dec. 2007) which I use in my home.

What would be some good reasons for KEEPING it and some good reasons for SELLING it?

From my home, I sometimes did graphic design and printed flyers, signs, business cards, etc. but in some cases, it is almost cheaper for the customer to go to Staples and get them done for 39 cents each.

My biggest reason for getting this particular model is because of its capabilities to print on cardstock up to 12" x 18".

Currently, I cannot afford to maintain it due to the cost of consumables. It needs 4 toner cartridges: CMY's are about $120 each and the K (black) is about $75 (Best price I have found is However, every fourth cycle through the color cartridges, you have to replace each of the four printer units which run $260 for each of the 3 colors, and $160 for black. Then, sometime in the future (not sure when) but I believe it will need a fuser unit (about $500).

Current status is that it needs a yellow cartridge and next time around will need four new printer units (which calculates to $1,060 + tax + shipping).

If I sell it, the new owner will have to come up with quite a bit of money for consumables up front, so I don't think I can fairly get very much for it. Additionally, the unit is very heavy and absolutely must be kept level at all times (expecially in transit).

Can anyone offer me some input to help me think this one out...Basically, what should I do with this monstrosity? Keep in mind that I still have 5 months left on my warranty.
Question by:dgage123
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    You need to decide how much the printer features are worth to you. If you need 12 x 18" printing on cardstock, anything you can replace it with will cost you more than replacing the cartidges & drums. Getting one-off prints done at the local will cost a lot more per page than your laser does.

    Of course, this depends on the number of pages you'll print. For a printer like this you really need to print thousands of pages, not just a few.
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    You made me think...if I do get rid of the printer, what will I do with all my 11x17 and 12x18 Hammermill laser heavy weight paper (some opened, some unopened)?
    Digging further in the "time frame" point of the question, hypothetically, would you be more likely to buy a used laser printer if it still had a few months left on the warranty?
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    It would help, but I'd probably be more interested in how much life is left in the consumables. If I'm spending $500 for an old printer, I don't want to have to spend another $1000 on consumables in a couple of weeks.
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    Author Comment

    Thanks for your advice. For some reason I have a gut feeling that I should keep this laser printer. Maybe I'll reassess the situation next summer.

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