The first ever franking machine was introduced in 1884 by Norwegian Engle Frankmussler to help solve the issue of paying for letters and parcels. Ever since the invention of the franking machine, originally called the Postage Stamp Affixing Machine’ by Engle Frankmussler, it has evolved massively. With more features, abilities and technologies now available in a franking machine than ever before.
Franking machines are now a common piece of equipment in any office building, with more and more businesses becoming part of the franking world. The reason being you ask? Well they are highly beneficial and will save any business money. Businesses that send loads of mail find franking machines an essential part of business life. Companies that send mail less frequently can and are benefiting from using a franking machine as well.
Nonetheless, the main question at hand for businesses is whether to buy or rent (or even lease) a franking machine?
Buying Vs Renting
A very common question that we receive at Mailcoms is “Should I buy or rent my franking machine?”. Unfortunately there is no right or wrong answer to this as there are many benefits and factors associated with making this decision, with cost and allocated budgets being key. At the end of the day the decision is down to the business, but should you require any assistance in making the decision please don’t hesitate to contact Mailcoms.
Based on Mailcoms’ experiences over the years, we have noticed that smaller sized businesses usually go for the rental option due to the high initial cost of purchasing a franking machine. Unless a budget is not allocated, rental may be more ideal. Any smaller sized business that does end up purchasing a franking machine occasionally go for a used franking machine to save on cost.
Another advantage that a rental option has is that, most commonly, a service and maintenance option is included with the contract, something the Royal Mail advises for you to have. Purchasing a franking machine outright will mean that a separate service and maintenance contract is needed or you will have to pay for services when you need them, meaning further costs.
The rental option is therefore quite appealing to many customers, but purchasing a franking machine can be just as suitable to you and your business needs. Mailcoms are here to help you with this decision making process should you need any support. As a Royal Mail Authorised Independent Inspector & Maintainer Of Franking Machines and a leading UK supplier, we can offer our own professional service and support for you.
Benefits Of Franking Your Mail
Using a franking machine to frank and send your mail comes with many benefits and features that using stamps quite simply does not. The cost of franking is the main benefit, but as well as this a franking machine will help improve the professional image that your business portrays. With the ability to include a company logo and a return address, your mail can have an immediate impact upon customers.
Another obvious benefit that franking brings is that using a franking machine is much easier and quicker, making it far more convenient and superior to using stamps. These benefits and more can all be gained from using a franking machine instead of the old fashioned method of using stamps.
If you are interested in getting a franking machine or upgrading to a Mailmark franking machine with even lower prices available, then please view our franking machine page here or call us today on 01543 572 776.
We are a Royal Mail Authorised Independent Inspector & Maintainer of Franking Machines with over 20,000 customers nationwide and we can supply you with our very own range of models.