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One simple Cost Per Copy Covers All – NOT

So you buy or lease your photocopier and the supplier offers you service, consumables and all parts etc on a single charge per copy, normally around 5 pence for an A4 colour and .05p for a mono copy and that includes everything except the piece of paper to print on ……………………. Or does it? On…

We Give To Charity Copier Scam

This week we look at a scam regularly operated by a firm whose Head Office is based in South London, this organisation regularly boasts in the press and on-line how much they donate to Charity. While we applaud their generosity, we abhor the methods they use to raise money from those very same organisations they…

Charities Telephone Scam

We were approached by a small London based charity who thought there was something strange about the telephone system which they leased, basically, they could not find it !! This was a 4 line 8 extension Toshiba telephone system, which was to cost the Charity £11,200.00 ex VAT in total, yet they simply could not find…

Reduce your costs Photocopying Scam

During a visit to a Kent school recently, while saying our farewells in reception, a salesman from the schools copier supplier came in and told the business manager he was there to save them £1,040.00 per quarter on their photocopying costs. Being as aware of copier scams as I am, I suggested that was not possible and…

Avoiding Leasing Scams

Unfortunately, buying office equipment is not always as easy as it may seem, there are so many scams operating today that it makes the buying process a minefield for the unwary buyer.  Our advice, never assume, ‘they would never do that’ or they would never do it to you – no matter how long or…

Understanding Your Office Equipment Supplier

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] To avoid the copier scam, the telephone scam, the franking machine scam etc, you need to understand your Office equipment supplier. So to begin to get a fair deal from an office equipment supplier, you need to understand a couple of the basics First, most people who start a company do so with an…

School Special

Did you know that you may be paying far too much to your current suppliers? Schools we already work with have had thousands of pounds reimbursed from being overcharged by suppliers – and this money can be reclaimed. A ‘leave no stone unturned’ ethic sees repeated high praising testimonials and £1,000,000’s saved. Clients include schools, charities and…

How To Find Your Fair Contract Pt.3

Welcome to the third in the series, these tips will help you to achieve a fair deal when you are considering leasing or buying equipment and services, keep these in mind before you sign and look out for the final in the current series in our future posts. 1)There is no actual ‘trade in allowance’…

How To Find You Fair Contract Pt.2

Welcome to the second of our tips to help you get a fair deal when you look to lease or buy equipment and services. Look out for more tips in our future posts. 2) There is no ‘standard lease term’ for any particular type of equipment, for example a copier does not have to be a…

How To Find Your Fair Contract Pt.1

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] When we started Fair Contract Associates Ltd in 2008, it was with the intention of instilling fairness into office equipment contracts, our target audience are schools and charities as these are the sectors hit hardest by sales companies with little or no scruples. Don’t misunderstand me, we all need to make a profit to…

Office Equipment Leasing Pitfalls

When it comes to office equipment such as copiers, phone systems and franking machines etc it is considered normal practice to use a finance lease with rental being the more popular option. Listen to a typical salesperson and they will tell you the rationale for longer leases is a cheaper payment and your ability to…

Frankly Machines

While carrying out one of our free contract reviews for a local charity, we noticed that the franking machine which they had leased didn’t match the machine described on the paperwork, basically it wasn’t as good as the one they had been promised. (Ok, this is going to be a long one, so grab a…