The bottom line, anything three frequency, multi--segmental is going to cost at least $3,000. Research quality units can run up to $20,000. Most people spend between $6,000-$10,000.
The BC310 / MSRP $3,295
Biggest Pro: nothing else on the market with the same accuracy/cost balance
Biggest Con: No segmental fat
The BC380 / MSRP $6,495 and is the most popular unit on the market.
Biggest Pro: Robust results sheet
Biggest Con: Because it's fairly new, a lot of experts have never heard of it.
The BC720 /MSRP $14,995 and is mostly used in research facilities, cancer centers etc...
Biggest Pro: Scope of results sheet
Biggest Con: Cost
Smaller distributors will often allow you to spread payments over 4-6 months at no additional cost, they are small business owners like you, and understand your needs. Just ask.
If you have good, or even decent credit, you will be eligible for a 0% credit card for 12 months. Use this to spread your payment over 12 months AND take advantage negotiated discounts!
Check your points cards- a purchase this size can put you over the edge for a free airline ticket or other valuable reward.
Financing is a great way to spread your payments over time. We strongly recommend getting your own financing, rather than going through the company.
1. 0% financing is not 0%. They are wrapping costs into the final price of the unit.
2. Financing through the company takes away most of your negotiating power.
3. Financing through the company usually has terrible terms.
Low Payments over a Long Time
The latest thing we are seeing is manufacturers are offering low payments, over a long period of time. Essentially selling you a product, at an extremely high price, just allowing you to pay over an extended period of time, for example $99 a month for 5+ years.
As a dealer, who works to help improve your bottom line, we see this as predatory. You will be paying for the unit long after the technology is outdated. If this is your only or best option, it may not be the right time to invest in a unit. Let us work with you to see if there are other ways to get BIA into your business.