Thermal label printers by Datamax, Zebra,  Sato and Intermec have been industry work horses. they are very reliable thermal label printers and if repaired maintained regularly will last many years.  However, when one finally if beyond its years due to repair costs an alternative to buying an thermal printer that costs over $2,000 is to obtain a quali9ty refreshed used thermal label printer. But how do you know which one to get?

First determine your requirements on a used thermal printer by Zebra, Data max, Intermec or Sato. what software are you using. Are you planning to upgrade your label software which may not run the older thermal label printer models? Do you need a faster or more durable model now?  When obtain a used refurbished thermal label printer you do not want to obtain a low end unit that originally cost under $1000 unless its only a couple years old unless you can get it for less than 25% of the original costs with warranty.

Used or refurbished Zebra, Data Max ,Sato and Intermec used printers are readily available from many sources.  When you contact the dealer make sure they warranty the machine for at least 30 days.  Many units we see sold through Ebay and other areas on the net have 7 day warranties or none at all.  Be careful because print heads are tricky and costly to replace. A Person easily adjust a bad print head to print ok for a few days and then fail. When you obtain  a used thermal label printer you need a good 15 to 30 days to completely test the units print head and label feed section.

What about the age of the unit?  Thermal printers are designed to last many many years. We have clients ask for older models due to software limitations and once refurbished Data Maz, Zebra, Sato and Intermec printers  will last foe several more years without problems.  Plus, Zebra, Sato, Intermac and Data Max thermal printer refurbished by Advanced Business Computers  thermal label printer cost less tham60% of new ones and comes with at least a 60 day warranty.  The main expensive components replaced are the print heads, platens and internal gears.