How much do you hate your copier?
The sales and service people at Datamax Kansas City hear plenty of enmity toward the reviled office machine, so they decided to turn bad into good.
The company is holding a “worst copier in KC” contest, and the winner will get to watch the hated machine hoisted by a crane and then dropped from 10 stories high.
To enter, office representatives need to go to worstcopierinkc.com and submit essays detailing why theirs rate worst-copier status. The deadline is July 26.
Some entries so far don’t use words printable in the newspaper. Let’s just say that one copier’s name was P.O.S.
The good part of the plan is that the winning office will get a free new copier from Datamax, valued up to $10,000. Beyond that, the smashing event will be a fundraiser for Biggsteps, a nonprofit organization that focuses on cancer awareness and research.
“As long as the crane is up, we figured we’d let people bring other things they want to see smashed,” said Carl Little with Datamax. “For a $30 donation they can bring any item up to 200 pounds to drop from the crane.”
The company, a document technology services provider, sells and leases several brands of copiers. It doesn’t have a prediction about what it will take to be chosen as the worst copier. But it’s already apparent that paper jams are a common complaint.
Martin Hess, general manager at ACA Business Club of Overland Park, acknowledged that some copier complaints could be user error, even among frequent users like himself.
“My copier is too confusing. Maybe I need to take a class,” Hess said. “But jamming. Paper jamming. That’s the worst thing.”
Don Jalbert with Exhibit Associates in North Kansas City shared an email he recently wrote to his current copier supplier. It detailed frustrations that his color printer doesn’t print colors correctly and “has to be restarted all the time.”
Plus, Jalbert wrote, “my black & white copier is the loudest piece of equipment in the office and will give some of the equipment in the back a run for their money on the noise level. Of course they are cutting and drilling wood, metal and plastic — not just printing a single sheet of paper.”
Little said that although the copier drop might be noisy fun, it’s also a reminder that staff frustration from breakdowns and lost productivity while waiting for service or repairs isn’t fun and doesn’t provide any value to organizations.
The copier drop will be held at 1 p.m. July 28 at Datamax offices, 8030 Flint St. in Lenexa. It will be part of an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for current and prospective customers.
To put icing on the cake, the company will hold a second copier drop — with one of its own machines — at 4:30 p.m. that day.