I was talking to an eBay seller yesterday about printers and the cost benefits of laser printers over inkjet printers. This prompted me to take a look at the printer which I use daily to print out all my orders and has sat under my desk for the last decade.
My printer is an old HP LaserJet 4000 and as I’m constantly thinking I should upgrade it to a newer faster model. The trouble is I just can’t justify throwing a perfectly good working printer away, or even selling it when I can make more profit of the later models sitting in my warehouse.
So why are laser printers so good? Well my printer has printed over a quarter of a million pages without a service (that’s 500 reams of paper!). Since new it has printed over 700,000 pages and is still going strong. The only cost to myself since I first purchased it (and then it was second hand) has been a couple of toner cartridges which I can get on eBay for about £20.00. For the £20.00 toner the HP 4000 will print anywhere between 10,000 and 20,000 pages – That’s more than the official spec, but then eBay invoices aren’t the 5% coverage that printers are tested on.
If you’re still using an inkjet printer it’s time to upgrade to a laser printer. You don’t need colour on your invoices – if you do get some headed paper pre-printed and then print in black only. You don’t need to be spending anything up to £30.00 a time for inkjet cartridges which only last a few hundred pages. You don’t need to worry about inkjet cartridges drying out if you don’t use your printer for a few weeks because laser printers never dry out.
Laser printers are by far the cheapest option, and while no one can guarantee a second hand laser printer will last for three quarters of a million pages printed without some maintenance, at a cost of under £100.00 to purchase it’ll save you a fortune compared to any inkjet printer on the market. There are plenty of , so invest in one if you haven’t already.