Flaws of Franking Machines
Rate & Tariff Changes
You need to keep up to date with Royal Mail tariff changes. They’re not at set times of the year, fairly ad hoc and sporadic. It can happen up to 4 times a year, and if you miss these changes and thus haven’t updated your machine, your mail will not go anywhere. Plus, the machines can be turned off remotely, so only updating the price changes will enable you to mail again.
Is not only immensely inconvenient but also very costly to the franking machine user. You will have to pay twice to reprint mail that has jammed or attempt to reclaim that cost back. Good luck too, since your claim to be made is with your franking supplier who is notorious for being difficult to get hold of!
Franking machines take up space. The bigger your volume, the bigger the space needed for the machine. If you have volume fluctuations, you are still committed to a large space and an expensive machine. Your ROI isn’t going to be a positive one.
The cost of leasing or owning a franking machine is high and franking users are not always aware of these costs before it’s too late. Then you’ve committed to the contract and stuck in it for 5-7 years. They are expensive to run, with franking ink being the most expensive ink in the world, costing more than gold. Leasing and paying monthly is costly, as is purchasing a new model. The more you spend, the more you’ll pay, and with having to credit your account upfront, you’re paying for items you haven’t even sent yet.
Your machine is faulty, something isn’t working properly, or it isn’t working at all. What can you do? No mail can be sent until an engineer is on the scene and no mail can be sent until that time. In the worst case, a part is needed and you have to wait for that too, plus the repair work. All this until you’re up and running again. What a headache! You are guaranteed to miss that sensitive time window for your mail while waiting for any repair work.
Another headache required to possess a franking machine. Someone has to be appointed to manage the stock levels of paper, envelopes and ink. There is a regular consumable cost associated with this, of course, in addition to the space required for all this stock.