The printing industry is much like the razor blade industry: start you with a cheap product (printer) but the high costs come from the consumables (ink or toner). It’s easy to spend upwards of hundreds (even thousands) of dollars each year on your printing supplies. The following article will help you save money on your printing costs through a variety of effective choices.
* Use compatible or remanufactured supplies *
Compatible and remanufactured printing supplies have come a long way since the early days of production. For many years quality was not an issue for many companies which hurt the end-user by creating a mess and loss in money from faulty items.
Today, third party printer supply companies have high standards and devote their time to research at the same level of the OEM supplies. You can find compatible ink and toner supplies from many different companies on the web between 50-90% off the retail price.
* Buy higher-end toner printers *
Many people buy a printer from big-box stores, aiming for the lowest price. Likewise, computer manufacturers often bundle free printers with each purchase. The lower end printers, mainly inkjet, are priced low so that you end up buying high-cost printing supplies.
Instead, save a little more money and opt for higher end toner printers. Toner-based printers are more efficient and ready to take on much higher work loads in comparison to entry level inkjet printers. The cost per page is a fraction of those of inkjets; a little extra money goes a long way when saving money on your printing costs.
* Be conscious of your printing *
People are quick to hit the print button, spilling out page upon page out of their printer without any conscious thought about the effects on their costs or the environment.
To easily save on your printing costs, develop a conscious mindset whenever you’re printing. If possible, reuse paper, print only when needed or use smaller text to reduce the overall ink or toner use. Additionally, a conscious printing mindset will help you reduce the effects on the Earth.
* Go paperless *
The easiest way to reduce your printing costs is to go paperless; half-way or completely. The web and computers allow us to back up all of our files in a secure environment (with the right configuration or tools). You can reduce your costs by going digital.
Try a few of the following:
~ Use email instead of paper letters
~ Backup documents on your computer instead of a filing cabinet
~ Use online tools to share documents instead of files
~ Pay through electronic methods instead of sending invoices and checks
There are countless ways you can convert to a paperless environment. Even if you still need to have a physical copy, if you employ a paperless strategy you’ll greatly reduce your overall costs of your printing supplies.