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If you want to save some money and improve your productivity, maybe it's time to get an affordable copy machine of your own.

By Amanda C. Kooser

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We spend a lot of time in this column looking at small hardware like PDAs, cell phones and projectors. This month, we're going to tackle a bigger subject: copy machines. Not really the behemoths you see at Kinko's, but decent-size machines suited for growing businesses.

So how does a copier end up on an entrepreneur's shopping list? When your Kinko's bill starts to dwarf your other expenses, that's a good time to start shopping copiers. When employees are using inkjets (and expensive consumables) to run off lots of multiple pages, that's a sign you might need a copier. When your business gets big enough and your needs demand it, it's time to check into some new hardware. The ultimate goal is to reduce costs and gain productivity time by handling copying in-house.

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