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What Are Fake Managed Print Services?


Although you'd like to think that all managed print providers have your company's best interests in mind, that's not the case. Unfortunately, there are some impostors out there--and before you choose a service provider, it's essential to know how to spot the fakes.

Weeding Out Impostors

Here's a simple truth: real managed print services is all about you. Your professional, knowledgeable provider will focus on learning the ins and outs of your company before suggesting anything, usually by analyzing data provided in a print audit. And then, with all the right information, you'll work together to make effective changes. These are things you can expect from managed print services in general--if everything is legitimate, that is.

"Fake" managed print services will look a lot different. Here are a few red flags to look out for:

  • lack of knowledge, especially an expert in one field (like printer sales) claiming that their unrelated experience makes them perfect for the job;
  • no warehouses, which is a bad sign--since real providers almost always have on-site warehouses to help meet their customers' needs;
  • a one-person team, which suggests an incomplete understanding of the complex, intensive services offered by managed print programs;
  • no reported data, so you can't tell how many clients they have, how many machines they manage, or what they do all day;
  • and bad or nonexistent customer reviews, meaning that they aren't established or reliable.

The good news is that as long as you're willing to do a little homework and get in contact with potential providers - you can avoid these impostors without risking your time and money. Remember, good managed print providers will want to show you what they can do--not try to hide it.

Are you looking for a reliable, professional managed print services provider? We're here to help. Contact us today!