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Should I use contract services worth $400 for AR-168S

Given the economy and my micro-business, I don't want to continue to pay $400 for maintenance.  I usually have to call NBM (a local company) and they come out as needed, and they keep me supplied with ink.  However, I've looked online and have found toner cartridges for $43 each, and I seem to need only 3-4 cartridges per year.  How do you guys assist in helping me with repairs when you're not here....?? This has been a temperamental copier, honestly.  But $400!! your thoughts... honest and otherwise. :)

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  • paperpushers Jan 06, 2009

    Thanks for the straight talk.  I'll come back to fix ya in the future.   I really appreciate your help and I feel relieved.  VLT



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I do not recommend that you purchase a maintenance contracif the problems have been associated with paper jams etc

the real question is how many copies you make a montht if less than 1000 I would not get contract

you can shop toner and as long as it is mfg toner go forl owest price

I am a former technician and many fix ya people will give you clear consie and to the point advice

Save your $400 and if all fails you can purchase a good used replacement for $400

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

  • Steve Archer Jan 06, 2009

    I am confident that you will get clear and to the point answers through this forum. I try to put myself in your shoes




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