Should We Purchase That New Copier? Campus Print Shop is thinking of purchasing a new, modern copier that automatically collates pages. The machine would cost $22,000 cash. A service contract on the machine, considered a must because of its complexity, would be an additional $200 per month. The machine is expected to last eight years and have a resale value of $4,000. By purchasing the new machine, Campus would save $450 per month in labor costs and $100 per month in materials costs due to increased efficiency.
Other operating costs are expected to remain the same. The old copier would be sold for its scrap value of $1,000. Campus requires a return of 14% on its capital investments.
1. As a consultant to Campus, compute: The payback period
2. On the basis of these computations and any qualitative considerations, would you recommend that Campus purchase the new copier?