EDITORIAL FROM AN IBM DEALER
EDITORIAL FROM AN IBM DEALER
2005-05-10 at 11:21:00 am #9350
ARGECY:May 2005 Editorial
Not to pat myself on the back,
but the number of calls for solutions has increased so “I think we are
(over)due for a big run on IBM 6400′s” has manifested. The market to replace
the behemoth 4248, 4245, 6262, and 6252 printers has awoken. There’s still some
hope that someone will jump in to the print-band business, but the investment is
larger than the potential remaining market, so unless prices for printbands make
a big leap upward, I don’t see an entrepreneurial opportunity.
my first face-to-face meeting with colleagues (?) and was pleased to meet many
people at ASCDI in Orlando. I’m so pleased to have seen some old faces (no, I
didn’t mean it that way….). I learned some interesting stuff, reminisced, and
shook hands with many. I didn’t have a lot in common with many of them. I am
just not in the leasing, Cisco, or Sun business, so thank goodness that I I
found others from my world.
IBM remains mysterious in their plans for the
desktop impact market. The IBM 423x family (4230, 4232), heir to the more sturdy
but older than the legendary IBM 4224 printers. I have advice for all the users
of AS/400 and S/390 printers: stock up on them now. As supplies of third party
sources for 4247 “junk” dry up, users will be best advised to get and keep IBM
4230′s. If you use impact printers anywhere in your infrastructure that run off
the “mainframe” you NEED IPDS on your printer to avoid the “black hole” Beta
error! 4230 printers have IPDS and can be upgraded to ethernet ipds. If you’ve
read this far then you can’t say that you didn’t see it coming….
IBM dropped a bomb — Starting with V5r3, your AS/400 applications are NOT
transferable. Did you hear that? An indefinite amount of software investment
I continue to work on the web site, upping the reference
materials that are linked from the various models. I have a lot of accumulated
info, knowledge and data. Look for tweaks and updates.
Over the past
couple weeks, I have found a palpable slowdown in the hardware business. Others
echo this sentiment. I have always believed that this industry is a good proxy
for the economy at large. We tend to be sensitive to economic changes. I
suspect that our economy is in for a rough ride over the coming years. Surely
Americans have done miraculous things in our short history, but this is
particularly difficult: Stagnant real wages, rising interest rates, ballooning
government deficits, school performance deteriorating, personal debt at
unmanageable levels. Sounds like a recipe for struggle. Keep it simple: Spend
less than you earn.
In order to asymptote your total cost of print, the
following rule-of-thumb applies: Let your printers run forever… maintain them
with depot hot spares… everything gets cheaper and cheaper: This shows how
average total cost approaches the marginal cost of an the supplies.
order to approach minimized cost, ride your printers throughout the declining
Next month: Thin clients and terminals: my crystal
Here’s the latest hots and nots:
4000-id3/id4 Venerable printer with excellent Roll Systems attachment options
(ID3: PAGE COUNT = 25,777,683 W/FEATURES: 4840, 9403, 9410, 4404, 4540, 4481;
ID4: COUNT 25,933,478 W/FEATURES:
IBM 2770-001 InfoPrint 70. We
have one of only a couple in the market now.
IBM 4332-001 32ppm workhorse
beats all comers for least cost per page. NEW IN BOX units available
have some MICR 4332-004′s.
IBM 6400-015 Get them while you still can.
1352n and 1352 (4528-n01, 4528-001) over 250 pieces sitting NEW IN BOX below
We have a “plethora” of IBM 4230-102′s. Most others are fairly
Lexmark 2480 – fast and durable desktop narrow carriage impact
Lexmark Optra E 4026-070 cute 8ppm desktop laser
M410 – more just in
Lexmark Optra S1250, 1255, 1855’s – lots and lots sitting
(most with ethernet).
Lexmark Optra S1625 16ppm laser at a great value, Huge
quantity of units sitting now.
Lexmark Optra S2455 — 24ppm laser
Optra Se3455 – 34 pages per minute and cheap-to-keep (16)
– over 70 units in stock now. Ask about ethernet upgrades.
Lexmark T522′s –
over 350 pieces in stock now.
Lexmark T620 and T620n’s – 23 in stock
Lexmark T630′s — over 150 units in stock now! Ask about ethernet
Lexmark Optra W810 – 35ppm and 11×17 in a very solid printer.
Bring your deals.
Lexmark external Ethernet print servers (over 100)… less
than $50 each!!
Lexmark 4227plus- fast ASCII impact printer
More trays and
drawers for above lasers than I care to
Multifunction upgrades for IBM and Lexmark machines
(we have a few)
Lexmark Optra T622
Lexmark Optra T520
Lexmark Optra T614
Lexmark Optra T610
IBM 1100 (45xx series)
series (1120, 1125, 1130, 1140). We have a few of each
IBM 1145 (45xx
-Less than 20
IBM 4224-1e3 twinax
David T. Mendelson
27280 Haggerty Road C21
Farmington Hills, MI