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Printer ink that is pricier than champagne?

Printer ink that is pricier than champagne?

For many households and businesses, inkjet cartridges are considered a necessary expense but research by consumer organisation Which? has found that they can be pricier than Dom Perignon champagne. Arena’s Group Sales Manager, Gary Putson, provides advice on steps you can take to get best value.

A replacement cartridge for an average inkjet printer costs £45, far less than a bottle of Dom Perrignon champagne but drop for drop the ink becomes far more expensive. Inkjet printers are usually fairly cheap to purchase but this is where their appeal ends. A recent Which? report details the findings of an investigation that tested five inkjet printers from manufacturers including HP, Epson, Canon and Brother.

Paying for ink that never hits paper

The study found huge differences in the cost of printing 50 pages in one go, compared with printing the same number of pages over eight weeks. This is due to automatic cleaning between print runs.

The report from Which? notes: “Inkjet printers seem to have a fascination with keeping themselves clean. Switch one on, or finish printing some documents, and often a printer will initiate a cleaning cycle. This involves spitting ink into an ink absorber with the aim of keeping the ink nozzles in tip-top condition.”

Manufacturers insist that this is essential to maintain print quality but arguably, the waste is good news for them, as they place sizable profit margins on replacement cartridges.

What is the answer for home inkjet users?

If you must choose an inkjet printer then the simple solution is to shop around for a less wasteful model that uses low cost ink. It’s worth comparing retailers and considering un-branded cartridges to save the pennies. Which? Is a good source of reviews to help you check-up on value for money.

Is there an inkjet printer in your office?

Take a look around and it’s likely that you will spot at least one. Despite the growing number of businesses taking up managed print services and working with specialist providers to reduce and control the related costs, it is not uncommon for us to see inkjet printers creeping back onto the scene. This often happens when a senior manager wants a printer close by, when a printer breaks down or when a machine is needed on the desk of an employee who prints sensitive documents.

Only need one printer?

Even if you are a small business owner, opting for an inkjet printer is a waste of good champagne. Explore your options with a reliable provider so that you can agree on costs up-front, including regular servicing for peace of mind that your machine will remain in perfect working order.

What is the option for bigger businesses?

Businesses with multiple devices can engage a provider to assess their print and copy infrastructure – audited free of charge without obligation. Request a solution to reduce your costs, building in technology to let you control output. Usually, you will receive brand new devices from a single manufacturer to simplify maintenance and keep things easy for your users and IT team. A managed print service (MPS) will also feature automatic toner replenishment and service calls.

 

Interested in FREE champagne?

A managed print service could save you up to 30% on your print and copy costs - enough to buy a monthly case of champagne and toast your economic prowess!


BUT ... A Managed Document Service delivers more

We are very confident that you can make significant savings through implementing Arena's managed print service but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Several research studies have confirmed that organisations spend between 5 and 15% of their annual revenues on producing, sharing, distributing, processing, storing and retrieving business critical documents and information. Arena has proved that more substantial savings can be made through addressing the way you work with documents as a whole instead of looking at print and copy in isolation. For this reason it's advisable to engage a managed document service provider.

Beware of ‘consolidators’

Any provider who simply proposes reducing the number of devices on your premises by pushing all of your output through a small number of multi-functional devices should set your alarm bells ringing.

Your budget may be a high priority but it will not be your only requirement. A good provider will consider many factors including the types of documents you print, the nature of your business, your likely maintenance requirements and how you use documents across the board before they make a recommendation. They will look to balance deployment of your print and copy volume across the most appropriate hardware infrastructure to suit your needs. This is sometimes achieved through strategically placed MFDs but often combines them with desktop devices, print room equipment and software to help you manage output.

About Gary Putson

Group Sales Director
Tel: 0800 863 8000 | Email: garyP@arenagroup.net

Gary has worked with Arena for 11 years and has a long background in sales, originating in the telecoms sector. Gary sits on Arena’s board of directors and manages Arena’s growing Sales team of over thirty account managers and telesellers. His team members spend their days consulting with businesses across the country to deliver cost reduction, efficiency savings and sustainability in all areas of document management.

Further information

Contact us for information about getting best value from the way you print and manage documents.

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