Copiers are Cheaper than Printers, Really! (wink, wink)
Another reason this cannot possibly be true is that almost all copiers have a “printer version.” For example a Kyocera 5035(copier) and a Kyocera 9520 (printer) both use the Falcon series engine. There are minor modifications made at the factory so you can’t interchange toners, etc… but the cost per print are the same on the two and, guess what? The Kyocera 9520 (printer) is about 1/2 the price to purchase AND easier to maintain as there isn’t fax boards and scanner glass to fix on it.
With that being said, many times a copier IS cheaper to run because people choose inefficient desktop laser printers. If comparing an application where a Kyocera 4050 had to go against a Dell 1700 printer doing 15,000 pages a month… the Kyocera Copier would be about 1/2 the cost as the laser printer.
So, which is cheaper, printers or copiers? The answer is … it depends.