Are bargain printers truly a bargain?
Do "bargain" (cheap) printers save you money? Rarely. Consumers and businesses are sold printers and buy on price, without understanding a printer's actual cost-per-page (CPP).
Office supply stores, warehouse clubs (limited selection / knowledge) and general merchandise big chain stores (limited selection / knowledge), have printers "on special" for $60 or $70 with $40, $50+ in savings from "regular pricing". Buyer beware. The least expensive printers have higher CPP. You'll spend more money for cartridges with a high CPP.
Fully costed CPP costs range as follows: inkjet from $0.05 - $0.30+, black laser from $0.01 to $0.05, color laser from $0.06 to $0.25.
Spending $30 or $40 more on a better inkjet model, or $100 for a laser printer now, saves hundreds (or thousands) of dollars over time, because CPP costs are significantly lower. There are several superior performing and low CPP inkjet printers currently available for about $100. Why save $40 or $50 for an inferior printer?
And remember if you're interested in factory remanufactured or compatible cartridges, buying the newest printer, which replaced a virtually identical model, means only OEM cartridges are available for a year or more, so you can't reduce further your CPP for quite a while, with aftermarket cartridges.
How we approach customers' printer purchases: know your "needs" vs. "wants". Color vs. black only?, copy & scan?, wireless?, duplexing? Routine volumes (measured by reams of paper), user(s) environment. Call or stop by our store to learn how to get the most value for your money.
We can shed some light on this issue.
As a full-service independent, non-franchise operation, Cartridge Network sells and services printers and copiers. "We stock several dozen different printer models (inkjet and laser) and copiers too. We focus on a buyer's needs and then explore alternatives to best meet their needs."
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