The Downsides of Buying a Cheap Printer


We have all been there Рrushing to print an important document only to discover your cheap inkjet printer is playing up again. It may be refusing to print because the colour cartridges are empty, not feeding pages through properly  or leaving streaks across your printouts. The cheap inkjet printers are notorious for acting up just when you need to print that urgent document. Beyond the frustration, these constant issues could be costing you more than you realise.

The Hidden Costs of Inkjet Printers

On the surface, inkjet printers may seem like the more affordable printer option. But, did you realise that the printer manufacturers make their real profits through replacement ink cartridges rather than the printers themselves. The printers themselves are a loss leader with the cost of a set of new cartridges often much higher than the actual printer.

The ink also dries out quickly, meaning that the cartridges need frequent replacement, even if you do not use the printer a lot. Researchers have shown that the total lifetime cost of owning an inkjet printer can be double or even triple the initial purchase price once replacement ink cartridges are factored in.

Constant Clogging and Drying Issues

A big frustration when using inkjet printers is the tendency for the tiny nozzles to clog if the printer is not used. This is because inkjets deposit liquid ink onto the page through micro nozzles and when idle for a period, the ink can dry up and cause blockages.

Even printing a few pages weekly may not be enough use to keep ink flowing freely. The results are streaks, lines, faded prints or failures to print at all – just when you need the printer the most. How much time have you wasted troubleshooting a clogged inkjet instead of printing documents quickly and easily?

What are the Alternatives?

Laser Printers are a Low maintenance alternative. They work differently by using a powder (known as toner) and an electrostatic printing process rather than liquid ink. This eliminates the clogging issues that plague inkjet printers..

Additionally, laser printers are designed to sit idle for extended periods without any issue. So when you need to print that urgent document, you can print confidently,  knowing that your laser printer will perform flawlessly.

What About Colour Printing?

While inkjet printers provide the benefit of colour printing, the need for colour for most typical office use is quite low. Most common printing tasks like documents, invoices and other everyday items rarely require colour.

For the occasional photo or graphic needing colour, it can be more affordable to outsource those prints to a retail store rather than pay for expensive colour inkjet cartridges.

Invest in Hassle-Free Printing

If your inkjet has become more trouble than it’s worth, it may be time to make the switch to a laser printer.

Contact us today to help you choose a printer designed for reliability rather than constant problems. Say goodbye to dried-out nozzles and streaky prints with a laser that is always ready when you need it most with a lower total cost of ownership.