Why do I have to sign an agreement for a postage meter?
That is the million-dollar question. I do not have a great answer other than, that is just the way it is. Some manufacturers will give you an introductory few months free to get started, but they require a minimum of a 12-month contract. The hope, of course, is that once you have it and use it for a year then you will realize how valuable it is for your business. Is that always true? No, but it probably is in most cases.