Penny Wise, Printer Foolish: 10 Ways Not to Save Money on Printing - Pick a Printer by Price

 
 
By M. David Stone  |  Posted 2008-02-05 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Printers, obviously, cost money, and so does printing, so it's only reasonable to try to cut costs. Unfortunately, the strategies that many offices use to keep costs down are actually counterproductive. Here are 10 things you may be doing to save money that could actually be costing money instead.

By M. David Stone

 
 
 

Faced with a choice of two printers, both of which give you acceptable speed, quality, paper handling and other features, it may seem obvious that the less expensive printer is the better bargain, but that's not necessarily true. If the more expensive printer has a lower cost per page, it may be the less expensive choice in the long run.

 
 
 
 
 

M. David Stone is an award-winning freelance writer and computer industry consultant with special areas of expertise in imaging technologies (including printers, monitors, large-screen displays, projectors, scanners, and digital cameras), storage (both magnetic and optical), and word processing. His 25 years of experience in writing about science and technology includes a nearly 20-year concentration on PC hardware and software. He also has a proven track record of making technical issues easy for non-technical readers to understand, while holding the interest of more knowledgeable readers. Writing credits include eight computer-related books, major contributions to four others, and more than 2,000 articles in national and worldwide computer and general interest publications. His two most recent books are The Underground Guide to Color Printers (Addison-Wesley, 1996) and Troubleshooting Your PC, (Microsoft Press, 2000, with co-author Alfred Poor).

Much of David's current writing is for PC Magazine, where he has been a frequent contributor since 1983 and a contributing editor since 1987. His work includes feature articles, special projects, reviews, and both hardware and software solutions for PC Magazine's Solutions columns. He also contributes to other magazines, including Wired. As Computers Editor at Science Digest from 1984 until the magazine stopped publication, he wrote both a monthly column and additional articles. His newspaper column on computers appeared in the Newark Star Ledger from 1995 through 1997.

Non-computer-related work includes the Project Data Book for NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (written for GE's Astro-Space Division), and magazine articles and AV productions on subjects ranging from cosmology to ape language experiments. David also develops and writes testing scripts for leading computer magazines, including PC Magazine's PC Labs. His scripts have covered a wide range of subjects, including computers, scanners, printers, modems, word processors, fax modems, and communications software. He lives just outside of New York City, and considers himself a New Yorker at heart.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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