If Al Capone had picked a different business had it been available in Chicago he would have picked leasing copiers. While not illegal, the profits can be absolute robbery in some cases where Chicago copier leases cost businesses thousands of dollars extra right here in the windy city.
The only good thing about Chicago copier leases, and they are not all bad, is that you keep your working capital working for you and not sitting in the corner jamming and making noise. However that jamming and making noise is many times what is making you money, and having the copier on a service contract, supply contract means you don’t have to order supplies or fix it yourself. BUT you don’t have to be in a lease to do that yourself! You can have toner show up at your door when you’re low, and have a service guy you call when it’s 3pm on a Friday and it has to get fixed! And you can do that WITHOUT a lease on your Chicago copier. Reading the hard to read stuff at the bottom of the lease contract or hidden some sneaky place in the middle with a calculator in hand is your best defense against getting an Al Capone’s Chicago price! Just keep in mind that with the amounts of money being spent, it’s best spent when you know the true costs of leasing a Chicago copier!