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... but used lease returns that are rebuilt can be had for a reasonable lease payment... and if it were me I'd shy away from Xerox as they are overpriced for bells and whistles that in this industry we don't need (and honestly, I don't they do as good of repeatability vs others manufactures that are less expensive eg compact konica/minoltas...
I have seen used color copiers sold off for $350 with new toner and drum (or low numbers on each)... yes they are a rare find but they can be had... Have I bought one, no simply because I have an agreement that runs thru 2018 for all my color copy/printing/cutting needs
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With a $200 machine and JPSS
paper I can make white tshirts that after the first wash:
1. No hand, nada zero feeling none.
2. No background "box" no need to trim, although not sold as "weedfree" it is effectively just that.
If I sell on occasional light color t-shirt (non white) then I use Image clip printed on my OKI. Since the light colors of the tshirt will blend with the laser (or copier) toners and is not opaque there are limited opportunities with that. I prefer plastisol transfers for light colors if they are needed to be "weedfree" or I use simple cut vinyl.
On darks I use Jet Opaque II. I find it doesn't crack and the colors are bright and permanent. It requires cutting unlike JPSS
, but like all opaques it has some hand. I cut it with a vinyl cutter.
If one is to find a copier for only $350 bucks the first time it would need service it would most likely exceed what you could pay for a brand new inkjet. My money says you just got suckered into a huge money pit buying a used copy machine.
The papers used on copiers are more or less laser papers.
Buying a new copier, leasing it, or buying a cheap one is irrational. The industry moved away from copiers in the 90's for custom t-shirt transfers.
I'm sure that since you can buy 3 white DTG
machines for the price of one $50K copier or lease a white DTG
cheaper, then that would be the reason you don't see much chatter on any imprinting site or much heat transfer vendor advertisements about such copiers. For those that chose toner based transfers they moved on from copiers once color laser printers became affordable.