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Pre-loved profitability: used machines can pay

With digital print having become a fixture in the industry (it hit its silver jubilee last year) you might think that as the market became established a strong secondhand market would have emerged offering the canny printer more affordable machinery.

Used kit can be a bargain if you can take away the risk

Buy right or buy twice. It’s sage advice and when it comes to equipment, the quandary that print has to deal with is whether to purchase new or secondhand. Some will instinctively want to use a brand new machine, others will calculate that secondhand offers better value.

Why buying secondhand could be your first choice

There’s no such thing as a cheap machine,” cautions Mark Sheldrick, managing director of secondhand specialist DPM. That said, there is no doubt that the canny printer working with the right partners can significantly reduce its capital expenditure without exposing themselves to undue risk by choosing used equipment.

More bang for your buck (but beware old bangers)

"I’ve always been pretty wary of buying secondhand,” admits Tom Gaughan, production director at Peter Scott Printers.

Putting old kit to new uses keeps artisan skills alive

Nick Loaring, owner of The Print Project in Shipley, is an honest man. When asked about letterpress and the workshops he runs for the public, teaching the print laity how to wield type, he responds with not the most standard of sales pitches.

Why your next new press need not be new

Perhaps it was meant to be. Imega Print was not even on the lookout for a press – new or secondhand – until the email arrived in managing director Ken Varnham’s inbox.

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