At Ucopier, we get this question all the time. We have been helping SMB to Midmarket businesses figure out what is best for them since 2006.
The bottom line is it comes down to your business operations and cash flow. A certified copy machine from a reputable vendor with the decent functionality can cost upwards of $6000 dollars. A machine of this quality should last the company at least 5 years assuming average usage. Throw in a service contract and you are completely covered when it comes to service and toner and repairs. Leasing this same machine would likely cost $300 a month. If you look at the math the end user is going to pay more to lease a machine but that monthly rate makes more sense to facilitate business operations.
We are happy to talk though your specific needs over phone, text, or email. Reach out to Ucopier, 866-938-2679 and let us help you make the right decision.