Colour Lasers

  Declanworld 20:37 11 Aug 2008

I've been using a friend's OKI C5300 colour laser to print wedding invitations, booklets etc. for friends and family.

I'm being persuaded to do this professionally but I need advice in terms of the cost of printing and, consequently, I have no idea how to charge?


  Brian_B 21:16 18 Aug 2008

You need to add up the cost of supplies and add a bit for "labour"

eg. my HP laser 3 cartridges do 2000 copies = £120
2000 sheets of paper (4 reams) =£20
£140/2000=7p each.

So the real question is ... how much can you get for your time ?

  Declanworld 21:50 18 Aug 2008

Thanks Brian_B. I'm okay with the time part - it's the cost to print I have difficulty with. When you say your cartridges do 2,000 copies how much coverage of the page are you factoring in?

Most of my intended customers will want full A4 picture coverage.


  recap 12:47 27 Aug 2008

If the quoted 2000 copies Brain_B has mentioned is from the manufatures specifications I would suggest taking a third off that figure for a full coverage. When a manufacturer states these figure they are basing them on a draft letter of two addresses and maybe a paragraph of text, this does not fill a page.

  Declanworld 12:56 27 Aug 2008

I'll bear that in mind, recap.


  JenM 10:51 21 Oct 2008

i think if you print photos at home it's cheaper, but you need to be patient in organizing everything. i mean aspect ratio of digital photos if different than sizes of printed photos. this may bring confusion.

  Declanworld 12:26 21 Oct 2008

I'm thinking in terms of printing invitations etc., Jen.

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