During the Celtic Tiger the high cost of printing & copying were viewed as a necessary and acceptable cost of doing business. With companies reviewing every item of expenditure, printing & copying costs are regularly been review.
The advances in print & copy technology over the past 5 years has seen copier manufacturers competing with traditional printer manufacturers and vice versa.
The traditional standalone copier has been replaced with a multi-functional machine that can be networked allowing users print, copy, scan, fax at a fraction of the costs of a traditional printer.
Most SMEs have a number of printers which are inexpensive to buy but expensive to run and maintain.