Is it cheaper to buy a printer or go to the copy shop?
Investing in a printer is worthwhile for anyone who prints fairly often. Save photo printing for providers with the right equipment.
- Laser printers: black-and-white text documents cost 2 to 5 cents per page
- Inkjet printers: black-and-white text documents cost 2 to 7 cents per page
- Inkjet printers: 4x6 photos start at 25 cents each
Most of the printing I do is 1) my on-line bank statements 2) directions somewhere 3) info about different products so I can figure out which one is better 4) stories I write for my daughter on the computer etc
Can I take my lap top to the office store and hook it up to their printers and print this stuff out?? How does that work??? Easier to generate the page at home via Open Office, web browsing, map quest and hit print although with windows 8 there are no print buttons but most programs still have ctrl P
I have two printers one laser jet from HP about $100 seven years ago on second cartridge and an Epson NX300 printer that eats cartridges a lot which is why I got the laser jet however that said I think I ruined my epson by not printing anything out since before last Christmas you need to print something once a month or it dries up and without tearing it apart and soaking the parts there is no fixing it. Had an epson tech tell me that when my epson rx300 quit working about 10 years ago.
But the scanner still works on the epson and the HP does not have one.
Just replaced a multi-function inkjet with a new one by HP for 58 bucks. The old one was used to scan over 1,000 old photos, but many of it's features no longer worked with the new Windows 8 pc. We use a pair of cartridges ( about 36 dollars ) maybe once a year for the occasional printing that we do. If all you want to do is print, you can buy a basic printer for about 30 bucks, ink included.
If you need photo prints, upload them to Walmart and pick them up in a hour for about 20 cents each. Photos printed on a home printer cannot match a photo lab and are not archive quality. I've used both methods and it's worth the 20 cents.
As for the remanufactured cartridges, we recently tossed a printer to the curb that we tried them in.
You get what you pay for. If you set the printer in "fast draft" mode, you can get good copies for a hell of a lot less ink.
LaserJet all the way. Toner never expires. I print 400+ UPS labels per year for eBay. Super cheap and you can always find new HP toner 2nd hand at thrift stores or flea markets really cheap.
If you need color go to the store.
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