Opinions needed - Is it worth keeping this color laser printer?
Posted on 2007-07-30
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 precisionroller.com). 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.