Used barcode printers will print any type of label you need. These printers can be used to create product labels, shipping labels, drum labels, shelving labels and asset-tracking labels. However, used barcode printers may be hard to find. When considering the purchase of a quality used barcode printer, Barcode Southwest offers the following tips/suggestions for two types of buyers: those in need of a starter printer and those in need of a backup printer.
Used Barcode Printers: Starter Printer Considerations
If you are looking for a starter printer, a used barcode printer may be just what you need. Start your search with an assessment of your printing needs:
- Do I have an immediate budget?
- Can I anticipated the daily print volume (labels required per day)?
- What will I be printing on my label (size of text and/or barcode)?
- Will I need to purchase label design software?
- What type of label material will I need to use?
Call Barcode Southwest at 1-888-764-9965 to discuss these and other questions you may have to determine if you need a used barcode printer for your startup printer.
Used Barcode Printers: Backup Printer Considerations
Electronic devices (and barcode printers are no exception) will breakdown with no advance warning. Businesses purchase used barcode printers as a backup to prevent a halt in production.
Before looking for and purchasing a used barcode printer, ask yourself the following questions:
- How long will a repair keep my current printer out of commission?
- Can I easily unplug my current printer and plug in my backup printer?
- Are drivers available for my backup barcode printer?
Call Barcode Southwest at 1-888-764-9965 to discuss these and other questions you may have to determine if you need a used printer as your backup printer.
Overall Condition of the Printer—Factors to Consider
One factor to remember in deciding if a used barcode printer is for you: these used printers come “as is”–with no warranty.
A second point to consider before selecting a used barcode printer is the condition of the printhead and platen rollers. Make sure these are in excellent shape. To assess the conditions, ask to see a printed copy of a label in addition to a live video of the printer in action. A printhead in quality condition will show no streaks as the label is being printed. A streaking image will tell you the printhead lacked proper care and may need to be replaced.
The third check includes making sure the platen roller is also in excellent shape. A gently-used platen roller will have no cuts, indentions or left-over label material. If possible, make sure the platen roller has been replaced. If not, for approximately $50.00 and 20 minutes of your time, you can replace this part. YouTube videos are available to assist you with this process.
A final factor to consider is the environment in which the printer was used. To begin with, climates that are hot or cold, humid or dry, dusty, or even the ideal climate-controlled office environment may impact your decision to purchase a quality used barcode printer. Another factor could be a humid environment. This environment may take a toll on the electronics within the printer. Finally, a dusty environment may reduce the potential lifespan of the printhead or platen roller. Printers that have been used in an ideal climate-controlled environment are an excellent choice for a used starter or backup printer.
In summary, the ideal used barcode printer is one that has been used for demonstration purposes only.
Barcode Southwest does offer several used barcode printers available for purchase. Visit our Demo and Used printer page to see what’s available. Call Customer Service at 888-764-9965 to discuss options.*
*Finally, used equipment carries no warranty. The purchase is “Buy as is.”
Barcode Southwest is a premier supplier of barcode printers and labels for a wide range of industry applications. We supply to clients all over the Southwest region of the U.S., including, but not limited to, Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio.
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Posted 10/15/2018 By Lucy