Why Copier/Printer Lease Payments May Increase

More than 80 percent of our customers choose to lease their copiers and printers. There are many advantages to doing this, including cash flow, a structured payment plan, tax deductions, faster upgrades and end-of-term options.

I always want to make sure the organizations we serve are happy, not only with the quality of our multi-function printers, but also with the terms of our leases. That’s a primary reason we carefully screen our lease vendors, using only the most trusted in the office equipment industry.

One question we often bump into with service-included leases is: “Why do my payments go up after a couple years?” I’ve invited our Director Administration, Karen Brahler to explain this frequently misunderstood issue.

Copier and printer leasing in Canton, Akron, Toledo and Ohio

Leasing is, by far, the most flexible option when purchasing office equipment, such as an all-in-one copier. The fair market lease is the most common because it offers the lowest monthly cost. Other options include a 10-percent purchase-option lease and a dollar-out lease. The best lease for you depends on your budget and your equipment needs.

Service agreements for copiers and printers typically come standard with any office equipment purchase, no matter whom the dealer happens to be.  Of course, this doesn’t guarantee good copier service. Before agreeing on an equipment purchase, you should check out the credentials of your dealer’s service techs.  The service agreement can be billed separate from the lease by the copier dealer or it can be included in the payment and billed by the leasing company.  By combining the service agreement with the equipment lease, we provide our customers with a one-invoice solution that is streamlined and cost-effective.

While you are not required to purchase a service contract when you buy new copier equipment, receiving service on a “time and material” basis is a risky and, quite possibly, a very expensive alternative.  A service contract will ensure regular copier and printer maintenance, minimizing breakdowns. If you only call a service tech when a copier isn’t working, you may be in for costly repairs.

It is also important to recognize that, even though service may be combined with a lease payment (that remains constant), the cost to provide award-winning service escalates slightly from year-to-year.  The gradual increase in payment is usually the result of annual service adjustments.

So, I recommend a one-invoice lease payment that covers both the equipment and the service. This option eliminates the need to pay a separate service invoice each month and helps you to evaluate your total cost of ownership.  Our sales reps are trained to evaluate what plan is best for your business and they will point you in the right direction for the optimal equipment, service agreement and lease structure.  We are flexible because we know the needs of your business may be unique.

If you own or manage a business or other organization in Canton, Akron, Youngstown, elsewhere in Northeast Ohio or Western Pennsylvania, contact me. I would be happy to go into greater depth on how copier leasing and service can be bundled together for you.


Order Office Supplies Online; We Will Deliver Them to Your Door!

online ordering for all copiers and printers in Northeast OhioLooking for a more convenient way to order office supplies for all the copiers and printers in your office? Often, the same company that sold you the office equipment in the first place can offer personal service, fast delivery and competitive pricing on office equipment supplies.

At Graphic Enterprises, that is one way we serve our customers throughout Canton, North Canton, Akron, Youngstown and beyond. Even though we exclusively sell Konica Minolta copier and printer products, our new online office supply store is one place where you can get all printer, fax and copier supplies for Sharp, Ricoh, HP (Hewlett Packard), Canon, Xerox, Lexmark, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Muratec, Dell and Toshiba.

You can also get printer/copier paper (even eucalyptus paper) in various colors, weights and sizes, as well as parts and supplies for wide format printers. If you are a local business, we will deliver your order in just one or two business days.

So, forget the hassle of trying to find all the office supplies you need from multiple sources. Try our web store, or call 800-553-6616 – Diane – ext 278,  Julie – ext 276. You can also email our supply department at supplysales@geiohio.com for more information or a personalized quote.

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Recognizing Veterans with Our Military Wall of Honor

For the past several years through our Banners for Troops program, Graphic Enterprises has been printing banners at no cost for people in Stark, Summit and surrounding counties who are welcoming home a loved one from military service.

Because we are so grateful for the sacrifices veterans have made on behalf of our nation, we recently created a Military Wall of Honor at our headquarters in North Canton, Ohio. Within our organization, we were ready to take recognition of military service among our own employees and their families to a higher level. Our Wall of Honor displays photos of employees and/or a family member who served, as well as brief information about the length and nature of service. Since the dedication on June 19, 2012, this display has been a popular stop on tours of our facility.

Each photo that has been placed on the Wall of Honor has a unique and compelling story. One story is about an employee in our sister company’s Toledo office whose family service extends three generations.

John Cassidy III has been part of our company for 24 years and is currently a service manager for copiers and printers throughout a 14-county service area in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. From 1981 to 1985, he served in Korea with the United States Army and at a remote site in California that was part of Fort Ord.

North Canton Ohio copier/printer dealer makes Military Wall of Honor

Army veteran John Cassidy Jr., father of employee and Army veteran John Cassidy III

His father, John Cassidy Jr., was part of a 2,700-man, all-volunteer U.S. Army unit in the Pacific during World War II. Together with other Allied forces, his unit fought Japanese troops in close combat to gain control of Burma, a strategic island because of its airstrips. During his time on the island, he earned two purple hearts and was sent home after a landmine caused injuries to both legs. He returned to civilian life and worked for the Chrysler Jeep plant near Toledo for 44 years. John Cassidy Jr. is now 88 years old.

Army Specialist Adam Cassidy, our employee John’s son, spent 18 months in Mosul, Iraq. He was wounded and received a medical discharge.

“I am very proud of both my father and my son, and we are all gratified to have been part of our country’s military,” says John Cassidy III.

I, too, am proud to be part of a company that pays homage to the men and women who defend our freedom both here and abroad. Here are two other great photos that are included on the Wall of Honor.

Graphic Enterprises, Konica Minolta dealer, creates Wall of Honor for military

Father of GEI employee Brian Casterlin

Copier, printer dealer Graphic Enterprises creates Wall of Honor

Army Sgt. Jennifer S. Rader, daughter of service tech Mark Rader, former Army Sgt.