Used DTF Printer Buying Guide
Not everyone is able to lay down the cash for a new DTF printer — for many, a purchase of a digital-to-film printer is a BIG financial decision.
Should you buy it used? That is the question. And the answer largely depends on your circumstances… and… whom you ask.
In many cases, pre-owned items are cheaper and often are almost as good as brand new.
But, whether you are buying new or used, it pays to do a little research up front and ask the important questions…
#1 Question: Is The Printer Still Under Warranty & Technical Support?
There’s no greater peace of mind than knowing your DTF printer is still under warranty. It’s nice to have backup and technical support when you need it.
Normally, these printers undergo rigorous testing to make sure that they meet standards, work well, and have nothing wrong with them.
But, there’s a catch. Second-hand items are NOT new and have been owned and used before. So, you want to be sure that the printer sold by the seller comes with a valid manufacturer’s warranty.
In case, the DTF printer doesn’t work as expected, a warranty may allow you to send in the printer for repair or replacement. Unfortunately, if the printer is out of warranty, the manufacturer’s under no obligation to help you with repair costs.
Something to think about…
#2 Question: Is The Used DTF Printer Seller Reputable?
Something else to think about… if you’re considering buying a used DTF printer… is to look at the seller’s rating, reviews, and the number of items they’ve sold.
Social evidence can help you decide if it’s a trustworthy seller to buy from. Sure, one can post a listing with nice pictures and write up a thorough description with much detail, but what other people have to say about the seller speaks louder than anything else.
Again, just make sure to do a little research upfront. If the seller seems trustworthy and the item listed matches what you want, then meet-up in person and test equipment before you buy.
But, what to do if you can’t meet in person?
#3 Question: Can a Used DTF Printer Be Shipped To Your Address?
If you can’t collect the DTF printer in person, then you can have it delivered to you. You can rely on delivery services to get the printer in your hands. It’s especially convenient if you don’t have a car available… or… you’re unsure that the item will fit in your vehicle.
It’s a convenient option for many people, you can just place an order, choose a delivery address and have courier come to that location. Plus, you can track the parcel live and see when it’s going to arrive at your doorstep.
However, the question to ask is: ‘’How much would it cost to ship a package?’’
It’s a key question. And to be perfectly honest, we don’t know the answer, but we hope you can find an answer by calling the delivery service near you… or… checking their websites to get their rates.
On rare occasions, shipping and handling costs are already included in the seller’s price.
#4 Question: How Do You Know if the Price Is Fair?
Speaking of prices… what would be a fair price to pay for a second-hand DTF printer? Well, let’s take a look at the prices for a new DTF 24H2 on www.coldesi.com for example.
A quick search and we can find this system selling for $24,999 at the time of writing. Financing is also available, costing you as low as $525/mo.
Okay, now that you know how much a new product sells for, it helps to determine at what price you should buy a used one. In many cases, you’ll find sellers listing the printers at 80% to 85% of their original price.
Of course, you can find sellers that want a lot less for the same printer. It’s especially true for sellers who don’t have much time (or space for the printer) and just want to get a quick sale.
www.quipdealio.com is the best place to start looking for these deals!
In conclusion, what we described in this article are just rough guidelines. As you learned, there are a number of factors at play when you have to decide between a new printer or a used one.
There’s warranty protection that promises you a free repair, maintenance, or sometimes replacement for a certain time period.
But then there is also a trust factor. Whether you believe it or not, people buy from people they like (and trust).
Luckily, on our website, you can see how other people have felt about their purchases. Each seller will have a rating associated with their profile as well as reviews you can read.
And last but not least, the price. You want to determine how much you’re willing to pay for a used DTF printer.
With that said, we hope this article helps you make a more informed decision about your next purchase.