So how does the Care Pack / warranty work. For example, take the belt replacement. Does the belt have to break before they come out and replace it, or is there a certain standard that has to be met regarding the amount of debris flaking off?
IF I really can still buy the Care Pack 4 years in, and I never had anything but the normal 1 year warranty, I would probably opt for the 3 year care pack at $1,500. My belt, formatter and main board could all die and replacing those would cost me $1,200 in parts. Still cheaper than the Care Pack.
Clearly you are a believer in keeping the printers in warranty. I've always built my own work stations and I'm pretty handy, so I'm comfortable with the labor end of things.
Bottom line - I can spend $2,100 on a brand new z3200, or I can spend $1,500 on a 3 year Care Pack on my still-going-strong-but-for-the-impending-belt-replacement 4 year old z3100 (if HP allows me to), but I can't do both.
@ deanwork - Which would you do?
Obviously I'm having a tough time making the call