For the last ten years I’ve been using a Pitney Bowes Personal Post postage meter for my small publishing business. It’s worked like a champ the whole time. The only complaints I have are that it’s not very fast, it doesn’t auto-feed, and it doesn’t seal at the same time. But it’s small and light, which is a big plus.
PB is offering me a more sophisticated unit (DM 100) at a lower monthly rental rate, but there are several problems. It’s much bigger, which is something of an issue, they don’t have a local office where I could see it and test it for myself, and they want me to sign a 27-month lease that I can’t get out of even if I change my business or go out of business. (Although not extremely likely, these are possibilities.)
They are also implying that the technology of the PPM is outdated and may soon not be permitted by postal regs. (Does anyone know if that’s true?)
So I’m wondering if anyone here has experience with the DM 100, or with any other comparable postage meters or other solutions that might be suitable for a small business like mine. I publish a business newsletter that goes out in 9x12 flat envelopes to about 300 subscribers every month. In addition, I send out renewals and invoices in #10 envelopes. Total output is about 500 pieces a month.
The ideal would be something about as small and light as the Personal Post meter that is faster (> 10 ppm) and also can seal 9x12 envelopes. A slight increase in weight is acceptable.
Options that won’t work: any computer solution that prints directly on the envelope (unless you can point me to a reasonably priced printer that prints on 9x12 envelopes), or that prints on labels that would have to be stuck on the envelopes, especially if the “stamp” is specific to the address.