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Just the Fax, Ma’am

Is faxing obsolete? I think so. We really don’t need it anymore.

It is more efficient to scan a document and attach it to an email it than to fax it. It is certainly more convenient to receive a document attached to an email wherever you are than it is to have to be home to receive a fax.

What else?

Faxing…

  • increases the price of the “all-in-one” printer
  • requires a dedicated phone line (or coordination between one phone line and your voice mail)
  • demands you know/store a unique fax number or call the recipient to alert him/her it’s coming
  • uses paper (including a cover sheet)
  • leaves you with a hard copy that you may or may not have needed to print

Scanning/Emailing …

  • requires scanning a document (single and multiple pages)
  • requires attaching the document to an email
  • requires downloading, saving, and opening an attachment

If you are ready to purchase a new printer, you may consider buying one without the fax function. If you have a dedicated fax line, you may no longer need it.

And, of course, the ever-increasing number of forms that you can download from the internet — and fill out and send back electronically — probably precludes the need to fax much at all anymore.

The scanning/attaching option saves money and paper and is often more convenient.

Consider it.