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Pitney Bowes Postage Meters

If your company has a higher than usual print volume then you might want to think about adding a postage meter printer from Pitney Bowes to your office, if you have not done so already. Postage meters save your employees a great deal of money (up to 20% on your postage expenses by eliminating guess work*), time and stress when it comes to organizing outgoing mailings. These mailing stations have built in scales and are capable of weighting small packages or envelopes up to ten pounds (varies with model).  The Pitney Bowes postage meters also support a wide variety of mail types from parcel post and first class mail up to international mailings. Your postage meter will also automatically retrieve the current market postal rates since it is connected to the web. Plus replacing your Pitney Bowes supplies and ink cartridges is fairly cheap! Pitney Bowes currently offers three postage meter digital mailing stations to fulfill the needs of your business; the DM 100, DM 200 and MailStation 2. The first step to choosing which Pitney Bowes Postage Meter is right for you is to evaluate your small business needs. Consider your average monthly postage spend.

If your business has a small volume of postage spend, then the postage meter you should consider is the MailStation 2. This digital mailing system is an all-purpose meter that is perfect for a company that spends between $50 and $100 on mailings per month. This particular unit is capable of weighting packages up to five pounds. You will also be able to manage your costs by tracking one account, with the option to expand to five or ten. By purchasing a MailStation 2 you will be limited to manually loading the envelopes by hand, although the unit does print at a rate of eighteen letters per minute. Replacing your MailStation 2 postage meter (P797) ink cartridge will be required approximately every 880 prints, so keep that in mind! If you are looking for a greater degree of automation or a postage meter that handles a larger volume then consider the next step up with the DM 100.

The Pitney Bowes DM 100 is the intermediate level postage meter. The DM100 is able to handle a higher amount of mailing volume ($100 to $150 per month) and supports up to 10 pound packages on its scale. Other perks of upgrading to the DM 100 postage meter are that your Letters per Minute (LPM) nearly doubles to a rate of 30 LPM and now you don’t need to worry about hand feeding the postage meter as it is semi-automatic.  If you choose to purchase the DM 100, the need to replace your Pitney Bowes postage meter supplies won’t be as frequent as the 793-M ink cartridge has a higher page yield at approximately 3,000 impressions. That last noteworthy difference between the DM 100 and MailStation 2 postage meters is that with the DM 100 you have the option of adding a sealer / moistener. Now if you are looking for the ultimate Pitney Bowes postage meter, look no further than the DM 200 Postage Meter.

The major differences between the DM 100 and the DM 200 lie in the postage meter’s capabilities. The DM 200 is able to handle twice the amount of mail volume as it’s predecessor at a volume of $150 – $300 per month. The LPM is capable of printing at 40 LPM, a 33% increase over the DM 100 model. Another benefit of the DM 200 is that you will be able to track up to 25 accounts (expandable to 50)! Pitney Bowes 765-0 ink cartridges are used in the DM 200 postage meter and they yield the same count of  impressions as the DM 100 (3,000 yield). The one and only drawback to the DM 200 postage meter is that the scale can only handle packages that weigh up to five pounds. So I guess the only question remaining is which Pitney Bowes postage meter is right for you?


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