Ontario Environmental Fee Increases

For the last number of years residents and businesses in Ontario have been charged an Environmental Handling Fee on electronic purchases. Starting January 1, 2013 we will be adjusting our billing system to reflect the new fee schedule.

What does this mean for our clients? Some of the most common changes are as follows:

Computer Monitors < 29” increase from $11.00 to $12.35
Desktop Computers decrease from $3.50 to $3.40
Portable Computers increase from $0.70 to $2.30
Desktop Printers increase from $5.40 to $11.45

For complete details of the new fee schedule, or to learn more about environmental handing fees or “eco fees”, please visit the Ontario Electronic Stewardship website.

Consumer vs. business computers, is there a difference?

Working with many different small businesses we often get asked this question. Frequently purchasing a new computer is left to the last minute and at first glance is seems easier to run out to the nearest retail store and pick up a shiny new system. In addition these same retail stores are often advertising systems at great discount prices, but is it really cheaper in the end? What’s really the different between the consumer models found in retail stores and the business models available through resellers or directly from the manufacturer?

When comparing different computer models the conversation quickly focusses on the technical specs.

Introducing PCM’s newest team member

As we transition from spring to summer we also went through some changes at PCM. Earlier this year Jake left PCM to take up a new position in an enterprise IT department which left us a little short-handed for a month or so. Since that time we interviewed various people and are happy to announce that we are back to a full staff with even more robust experience than before.

PCM has moved!

At the beginning of the year, we moved to a new office in Stoney Creek. Our previous office in Hamilton had served us well for 11 years, however we had run out of space and it was time to move on to something larger. This new location has more than twice the space and allows us to continue to add more staff in the future.