What I got from Monte was that their Color Page was 2 cents based on 2% coverage! I thought how the heck are they going to do that? Last I knew, the only manufacturer that was capable of doing that was Xerox and only with their ColorQube MFP series. Monte was not clear on all of the details about how Kyocera was able to accomplish this and I hadn't heard that Kyocera was capable of this.
So, I dug and dug and found out that Kyocera may had launched this coverage based CPC plan last year in Europe, and may have had some pilot programs here in the US. Now, I knew it existed and needed more info. I sent many emails last night and low and behold a Print4Pay Hotel member from Canada confirmed that Kyocera does indeed have a three tier system coverage based CPC plan.
Here's what I received:
The new series of Kyocera colour MFP's that was introduced last summer provides the means to set three tiers of counter for colour based upon the coverage of colour on the page. This permits setting three price levels based upon the amount of colour coverage. The settings can be adjusted by the dealer to fit their price model.
It means you don't have to pay a full colour page price when you print a small colour item, say a logo, if the contract is set up this way.
We just won a large contract and the ability to do three tier colour pricing was a big factor in the win.
My initial thoughts centered around "I wish I had this", and then I had remembered multiple customers that would benefit from a 2% color coverage based on 2 cents a page.
I see this is a great talking point with customers, especially those customers that use very little color, such as using it for letter head, logo, and maybe highlighting something in a letter. Basically any Kyocera Dealer or Kyocera Direct branch will be able to configure the allowable toner coverage and then set a price for each coverage tier. I don't have any information on the pricing nor the coverage for the other tiers, but I think most may try and follow what was done on the ColorQube a few years ago.
All of this raises a few additional questions if this will now be the norm billing for maintenance and supplies for color MFP's:
- Would you now have to conduct a color coverage analysis of a users documents? Would make sense right, to give them some sort of understanding of what type of color coverage they are using.
- Does the 2% coverage really mean 8% coverage? With color we talk about 20% color coverage because there are four toner cartridges with the manufacturer stating yields for 5% coverage per color.
- Could we eventually have more than a three tier plan for cost per page coverage?
- Could customers pay more if they aren't in tune with their color page coverage?
- How much does it cost to administer a plan like this?
- Is there some documentation provided from Kyocera that will show customers what 2% color coverage is, or 4% or 8%?