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The solvent printer I outsource is entertaining the thought of selling.

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by VinylLabs.com, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. VinylLabs.com

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    First and foremost I'd like to mention that I've been doing die-cut for a while, and only recently (few months) purchased my first actual printer (hp5500uv) I also have a full time job, but I honestly think I'm staying in it because I'm a little scared of making the jump into full-time signage.

    That being said, the printer I outsource all my cut-print and solvent printing is thinking about closing up and offered to sell me his equipment. He told me 15000$ CDN for the lot. He included:


    1. 54" Roland versacamm
    2. 54" cold laminator (said he got it for 2500$, so I doubt its a good one)
    3. computer that runs the RIP software
    4. all his banner and vinyl and laminate material.

    I was originally thinking about saving up for a Summa DC4, but I have some friends in the industry telling me not to simply because "we don't know anyone running one" which I don't think is a valid argument but then they mention the fact that here in Montreal servicing it would be a pain, along with the ribbons.

    Is a used Roland and material worth the 15 000? I understand that there will be other factors in the decision, including factors none of you can supply (such as whether or not I am ready to leave my job, and location) but maybe someone can suggest what I need to look at, does the roland log the liters consumed by the heads? can I tell the usage of the machine? then maybe I can update this post with those details.

    If you're willing to share your thoughts on the subject I'd be very grateful for your time and insight.
     
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  2. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    It's not a bad price, but possibly a little steep according to how old and what condition the printer is really in. The laminator might be worth that, but again, it depends if its a good one or not. We got ours from a guy going out years ago for a steal. The media.... depends again on what condition it's in.

    If you were doing this full time, I'd say go for it, you'll probably get your money back in a month or two. Since you're part-time, it could take you a year or two. I have no idea what you're really capable of, so try bargaining with the guy and make him a counter offer. Sometimes people will give their highest bid knowing they're going to have to go down a little.

    You have to be prepared to walk away if you don;t get your price.

    Whatever you do, I'd strike quickly and be reasonable with the guy.... before he finds a total newbie that takes it just for the sake of taking it.
     
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