Are homemade color copies cost effective?
You can make color copies at home, at a local or at an online print company. Each of them has its advantages and disadvantages and this time we will try to explain whether homemade color copies are cost effective. The truth is that home printers are not as professional as printers found at local or online print companies, but they are a great solution if you are trying to make a small number of copies. So, for example, if you are planning to make up to 15 color copy prints on your home printer, this will not be such a big deal, and you can easily do them at home. However, if you are in a need of bulk copies, homemade color copies will definitely not be cost effective.
For homemade color copies, it is very important that you first do some calculations to find out whether the homemade copies will really be cost effective looking in the long run. How you can calculate whether the cost of copies made at home will be cost effective is very easy – you just need to take into consideration the price of the paper, toner and printer.
To calculate the average cost of one paper, you need to take into consideration the entire paper pack that you have, its price, and the number of papers it brings. For example, if you are using a glossy paper to print some photographs, an average price of one pack of 25 paper sheets is somewhere around $12 per pack. Doing some very simple calculations, we can easily discover that the price per one paper sheet will be 48 cents.
One more thing that has to be taken into consideration when trying to make homemade cheap color copies is the price of the toner. This is not so easy to calculate as the average price of one paper sheet. But if you still have the original pack of the toner, you will see that it brings the information of how many paper sheets it is able to print. Normally, one cartridge can print around 500 paper sheets. For example, an average price per cartridge is around $20, and this brings us to a conclusion that for printing one glossy paper the cartridge will cost around 50 cents per sheet.
There are different ways how you can make color copies, so taking into consideration the color palette is also of a great importance. This is another factor that can hugely affect the final price of one color copy. For example, if you will be using a lot of red color on your prints, you will already know that the red color will run out much sooner than for example blue or yellow color. So, making test prints is very important because if you see that some color is more dominant on the print, this will mean that you need to prepare some additional cartridges.
In the end, to discover whether making homemade color copies is cost effective, you need to take into consideration also the cost of the printer itself. You need to know that printers don’t last forever, and one average home printer can stand up to 25000 to 30000 sheets.
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