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Should I have bought a cheap LASER PRINTER than spending $150 at Kinko's?

SUPREME4LIFE 179 25 February 12, 2016 at 06:18 PM
I had to print more than 150 pages in color for my dad's business.

I thought it wouldn't cost much for printing color at Kinko's.

I was surprised that after printing all documents, it costed me around $150.

For this price I could buy a cheap color laser printer.

The FP deal RICOH color laser printer posted $70 ($149 regular price).

Should I have bought a laser printer rather than spending $150 at Kinko's?

Even without the FP deal, I could buy RICOH for $149.

Would this cheap color laser printer have decent quality printings similar to Kinko's printers or does it lack in quality so much that even incomparable to Kinko's printers?

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Quote from chrismnpark View Post :
Should I have bought a laser printer rather than spending $150 at Kinko's?
Yes, but be sure to check reviews carefully and evaluate toner cost before you decide on a specific printer.

Often a laser printer will ship with starter toner cartridges which yield a much lower number of pages than the full cartridges. Quality would be similar, but there can be some variation.
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Also depends on the color prints you were printing.

If you were printing mostly text, then maybe buying a color printer just to use the starter ink cartridges might be worth it.

But if you are printing graphics-intensive prints, then you might not be able to beat the prices at Kinkos.
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yes you wasted time and money at kinkos
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Always get a quote for any print job before giving the green light. Chances are other big box stores like staples would have been less or a local print shop.
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Always get a quote for any print job before giving the green light. Chances are other big box stores like staples would have been less or a local print shop.
Agreed, but at those prices I think the OP's print job may have been double sided.
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Agreed, but at those prices I think the OP's print job may have been double sided.
No, it wasn't double sided but single side for every pages probably for more than 200 pages. Printings contained mostly texts and about 6-8 images on each page.
I just simply went to Kinko's and printed without any second though bc my dad told me to just go to Kinko's and print(he doesn't know pricing for Kinko's printing costs and laser printers). I feel too bad that I could save and get a laser printer.
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Quote from chrismnpark View Post :
No, it wasn't double sided but single side for every pages probably for more than 200 pages. Printings contained mostly texts and about 6-8 images on each page.
I just simply went to Kinko's and printed without any second though bc my dad told me to just go to Kinko's and print(he doesn't know pricing for Kinko's printing costs and laser printers). I feel too bad that I could save and get a laser printer.
A good color laser printer that will be reliable for a long time and has less expensive toner available will cost more, but the budget options may work fine for you. Some people just get a new color laser when the starter toner runs out, personally I'm not a big fan of this school of thought I'd rather spend a little more and get a printer that works well with cheap toner.

The key is going to be how often does he need to print in color and with what volume (and does it really need to be color). If he doesn't have a B&W Laser printer he should consider getting one. B&W toner for color lasers tends to be more and people often forget to specify grayscale when they don't want/need color.
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One of my neighbors had a wedding last weekend. He went to Costco and bought some tables and chairs for the reception. after everyone went home he took the table and chairs back.

This little story has nothing to do with your question and I am certainly not recommending that you go buy something and then take it back after you used it. That would be dishonest, that would make you a crook. Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
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Quote from dale_101798 View Post :
One of my neighbors had a wedding last weekend. He went to Costco and bought some tables and chairs for the reception. after everyone went home he took the table and chairs back.

This little story has nothing to do with your question and I am certainly not recommending that you go buy something and then take it back after you used it. That would be dishonest, that would make you a crook. Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
It would. One thing is getting a good deal. Its another to buy something with the absolute intent to return it. Someone is talking a loss on it. Its not proper.
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
Always get a quote for any print job before giving the green light. Chances are other big box stores like staples would have been less or a local print shop.
I think that just about applies to every service you intend to pay for in life... Big Grin
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Local print shop next time! Sir Speedy or PIP Printing.
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