It would appear that finance companies which have leasing arrangements with Lanwall Systems for its Infotec photocopiers are now picking up machines from retailers who have been unable to make the transaction levels required to offset their leasing fees (and who had all been promised rebates by Lanwall).

Melvyn Kwiecien, who runs Dee Way Stores in Worcester, got a call in January from CF Asset, which arranged to collect his machine after Melvyn stopped his direct debit. "The bloke came from a firm in Oxford who asked me if I wanted to buy it back Bank of Scotland Corporate (BoS) valued it at £4,381 in July 2008.

"He had about eight Infotecs on board and said he'd hundreds of them in a lock-up. He said his gaffer just sells them off."

Farida Mamujee, who runs Pat-A-Cake in Northwood, Middlesex, had her machine taken away last August (A3 paper had never been provided). "The man said mine was the fifth he had picked up." She is now getting letters from debt recovery firm Daniels Silverman for an outstanding balance of £5,902.

Dalwar Singh's machine was picked from his Spar store at Crosshills, near Skipton in North Yorkshire. He had never received any toner for the machine. BoS says he owes £8,000.