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4 Things To Consider When Buying A New Home Printer

2010-07-04

Home printers of today are not made to last forever - that's for sure. But that's also what makes them so affordable. They can actually last quite a while (especially if you keep up with the printer ink refills and take care of your printer properly). Considering a few factors before buying a home printer can prevent you spending too much money or buying a printer that turns out to be not what you wanted.

The first thing to consider is the amount you want to spend. Just like anything else in life, you should begin with the end in mind. For example, if you only want to spend $150, then don't go above that. The reason for this is that people tend to forget about extra expenses like printer ink cartridges, paper, sales tax and more. If you are patient, you will eventually find the perfect printer for you within your price range. Buying printers online may also be an option to save you a bit of hassle.

You should also consider what you need the home printer to do. As with all technology, it's easy to fall into the "that is so cool and amazing!" trap. If you simply need a printer that can print black & white paper copies and scan a few documents, then don't be tempted by a printer with amazing color picture printing capabilities and a fax machine, all packaged in a machine the size of a book. You're going to pay for much more than you need. In addition, be prepared to make a choice between laser and inkjet. Beware of the cost of printer ink refills for inkjet printers.

Think about the cost of printer ink refills. Whether you're looking at laser or inkjet, this must be one of the first questions you ask. Some inkjet cartridges cost more than one might think, so it's important to find out prices for ink refills as a cheaper alternative. Laser printer cartridges are also expensive. However, you just buy one at a time (rather than the 4-6 cartridges needed for some inkjets).

Lastly, you might want to think about comparison shopping. The age of the Internet makes comparison shopping incredibly easy to do. And comparison shopping for 10-15 minutes online can end up saving you a fairly good chunk of change on a home printer. While you're comparison shopping online, also take a few minutes to look at customer ratings, complaints or comments about the printer you're interested in.

Taking a little time to consider these four points before purchasing your next home printer can save you money, time, headaches and hassles. The result will be that you get a printer that you need and want, at a price that is affordable.

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