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9 Top Tips to Save You Money on Printing
In 2012, a US PC magazine reported that it would be cheaper to buy a gallon of Caviar or Champagne than a single gallon of printer ink. Though the majority could never justify splurging £3,000 on fizz, the sad reality is that many have to fork-out sums close to this figure for expensive printer ink – particularly businesses.
For companies reliant on printing, the cost can be a nasty overhead. A single print cartridge can cost anything from £20 - £100, with prices rising year on year. Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do to reduce printing costs – here’s 9 top tips on how to do just that.
Think before you print
In a world of Dropbox, e-mail and the so-called Cloud, printing reams of documents is no longer necessary. Sure, legal paperwork, invoices, packing information etc. may require a hard copy, but other documents could and should remain digital if you’re serious about reducing your print costs. Ask yourself: do I really need to print this?
Use a duplex printer
Aside from hard-up students and the tech savvy, duplex printing is uncharted territory for the everyday printer user. In essence, duplex printing allows documents to be printed on both sides of a sheet of a paper – perfect for keeping wastage to a minimum. Most modern printers offer duplex printing, however, some do require manual loading, which can be time-consuming.
Change your font
Love Impact? Partial to Arial? What if we told you your favourite font was costing you a fortune? That’s right, some fonts require more ink than others, with Arial being a repeat offender. According to a recent study, Century Gothic is one of the best fonts for stingy eco-printers – perhaps it’s time to rethink your favourite?
Use two printers
Inkjet, laser and LED are just a few of the printers on the market, and each is best suited to different print jobs. For businesses, using two different printers can help with print costs. How? Use a reliable laser printer for black-and-white jobs and an inkjet printer for producing coloured images and photos. It’s an investment for sure, but it should pay dividends in the long run.
Don’t outsource your printing
Companies who regularly outsource printing to a third party may want to rethink their strategy. Instead of paying a firm to produce commercial documents and brochures, it could be cheaper to invest in a high-quality printer. State of the art LED machines produce flawless black-and-white and colour print-outs – couple with professional quality paper for even better results.
Fiddle with your printer’s functions
Most modern printers have a separate, LED screen that can be used to control a number of the machine’s functions. Fiddle for long enough, and you ought to find the printer’s modes, which can be adjusted to suit different types of printing. Select ink save mode to ensure you get the most economical performance from your printer.
Adjust your margins
A simple way to use less paper is to eliminate unnecessary white space from your page. To do this, adjust your margins so that text and images stretch closer to the edges of the document. You should be able to make these adjustments in your word processor, but if not, print properties should be able to help.
Keep things clean
Like any technology, printers need regular maintenance and cleaning to ensure they’re working to their optimum. Cleaning your printer’s ink nozzles and ensuring you follow the correct set up instructions when installing a new cartridge can massively improve performance and help your refills go further.
Use compatible cartridges
It’s no secret: branded cartridges direct from the manufacturer cost a fortune – but there is another way. High-quality, compatible ink cartridges are made to the same standard you’d expect from branded cartridges, without the hefty price tag.
At Printhead, we offer hundreds of cheap ink and toner cartridges that give you great results for a fraction of the price of a standard branded cartridge. To find cheap compatible ink and toner cartridges for your machine, enter your printer manufacturer and model in the search bar above.