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4 Advantages to Leasing Office Equipment Applying the lease-or-buy question to business and pleasure.

By J.D. Roth

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I bought a new computer last month; I paid $2,200 for a top-of-the-line Apple MacBook Air. I already know that after a year or so I'll get the itch to upgrade, at which time I'll shell out another couple of thousand dollars for the latest model.

But, as a smart guy (and a finance writer), it occurred to me that maybe there's a more cost-effective way to keep current with technology. I looked into leasing--something I'd always avoided, mainly because I don't like the idea of not owning my equipment. But leases do have their advantages:

1. Low costs in the short term.
By leasing, you get the tools you need without paying the full cost upfront. Payments are regular and fixed, which makes budgeting easy.