Tell-tale signs that you need a new printer


Printers need to streamline office productivity, and with all the new features of modern multi-function printers, that goal is easily attainable. The first sign that you need a new printer is when you’re Googling whether or not you need a new printer. You may get the latest updates sent straight to your phone with the EskomSePush app. Keep up with Eskom, City Power in Johannesburg, and the City of Cape Town by following their respective social media accounts. To find out more about the best printers for sale in South Africa, or our affordable copier rentals, get in touch with a consultant today. We also offer SME financing options too.

Printers don’t last forever. Here are some points to help you decide if your machine is still performing as it should and signs that you need a new printer.


There is always a queue and the ppm is low.


If your coffee station was moved closer to your printing station because your printer often has a queue, your machine is not performing fast enough. All printers have an average of Pages Per Minute. Yours did just fine once upon a time, but as a business grows so does everything else. Modern ink printers usually print 5-20 ppm and laser printers are twice as fast. Currently, the top printers can print as fast as 100 ppm. Regarding this matter, you won’t have to look far for a printer that suits your volume. Remember, if your business is growing, buy a printer that will help you to grow and not fall behind soon again.


It slows down productivity and speeds up frustration.


When a printer always jams, takes ages to start, and is always out of paper, it’s time to reconsider. Printers are machines made of lots of moving parts that all need repairs in due time. This will naturally cause frustration in your office and should be addressed sooner rather than later. Most printers need services from time to time, but when spare parts become hard to find or unreasonably expensive because of the scarcity, it’s not worth it. If your printer blocks and often have a paper jam, you need to have it looked at or replaced.


Ink cartridges are hard to come by


Due to new inventions, innovations, and technological advances, companies have either dramatically reduced or discontinued some of the older cartridge models. This has caused a wide shortage of cartridges. Modern designs are easier to find in stores and online.


Poor print quality: The same fade in the same area on each print?


Faded areas or ink lines on the printed paper may indicate cartridge irregularities, or simply an empty cartridge, but if the problem persists even with a full cartridge, service or replacement might be the only solution.


What to do with your outdated printer: sell, recycle or donate?


Once you’ve decided to get a new printer, you’ll have to make space for it. You have a couple of options. You will always be able to sell your printer. There are many technicians and companies that will gladly make you an offer for your old or used printer. They might decide to refurbish it or to use it as spare parts on other printers. You can always recycle it or donate it to a deserving organization that might not have funds to buy a printer but is in need of one.