I thought nobody much used FAX machines anymore, until I started doing
some work for a real estate broker. There, the FAX is easily the most
used office machine next to the computer.
The main problem is when a page or several of a contract has to be
changed, then initialed or re-signed. You can`t email a contract, but
you can email a scanned PDF of that file. So? What happens next? How
does it then get signed?
One option is for the recipient to print out the PDF, sign the pages,
then re-scan, then re-convert to PDF, then re-email. WAY too much work,
and far easier to just send a FAX.
With so many people getting rid of land-lines completely, it`ll be
interesting to see what happens in terms of FAX machines. One option
I`ve used, since I do so little FAXing on a personal level, is to just
send it via Fed-Ex (Kinko`s), or a friend`s machine.
Ultimately, though, eFAX is your best bet. Then all you need is a
priner and a scanner. You`ll scan the contract or bid, send it via eFAX
and it`ll print out on the receiver`s machine as paper. Or, if I`m
remembering right, you just "upload" a Word doc, PowerPoint page,
graphic, or whatever else, and it becomes a FAX from their end.
If they FAX it
back to you, it`ll arrive as an email attachment, which you then can
print out at your leisure.