A reader we’ll call J.G., an environmental engineer for a consulting firm, tells us what happened in his office lately:
Our office recently purchased two new copy/printing machines and the powers that be have asked that all the employees start using these copiers for the bulk of their copying/printing needs. They have asked this because apparently it is the cheaper copier to use, as the office had a study done on the price per page on many of the other copiers, and we would be saving roughly 8-13 cents per page (depending on which printer we used). I can see this adding up over time for sure, but the new copier is 2-3 times the distance (60-80 feet as opposed to 20-30 feet) as the normal copier/printer me and many of my co-workers would normally use. Not to mention the bog down that happens on occasion when the copier/printer is being swamped by multiple employees.
I’ll assume (perhaps wrongly) that we’re talking fairly high-end or specialized copying/printing if there’s a potential savings of 8 to 13 cents per page (of course, that number may be wildly inaccurate). In any case:
- Do we think the powers that be may need a lesson in opportunity cost?
- Do we think the powers that be should consider splurging for more of these new, cheaper machines?
- Do we think that J.G. or others may sabotage these new, distant machines?
- What would Dilbert do?