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    Advice on A3 Mono Laser

    Hi guys,

    I'm the design editor for my college newsletter and we want to start printing it in-house. We are currently printing in black and white and it costs us £165 for a run of 300 12 page booklets. It is pretty pricey and we want to save money so were thinking of buying a monochrome A3 laser to print it off. I was looking at Dabs and they start at £700 which seemed a bit pricey, so I was wondering if you guys knew of anything cheaper (but can deal with a high output and is cost effective).

    Cheers,

    Pickers

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    was this the printer you found ?
    http://www.dabs.com/uk/productView.htm?quicklinx=2BPT

    I dont think you'll beat that price , though its marketed as a personal/small work group printer.

    it should be reasonably cheap to run ( toner carts just have toner , not 1/2 the print engine like the HP ones used to )

    If you are printing booklets , you would probably also want a duplexer unit ( another £300 or so )

    Which ever way you do it, i think it will cost you £1000 ( +toner )

    look at it this way ( assuming a monthly letter )

    current costs

    £165 x 12 months = £1980

    Assuming £1000 on a printer

    in house costs....

    £1000 + approx 16 toner carts - at 7000 prints per cart ) £800 + 45 reams of paper £200

    so a rough cost of £2000 for the 1st year.

    this assumes that each letter is 6 sheets of A3, double sided.

    this also assumes that you dont make any mistakes on the print run.

    what about the time it takes to print & collate ( I assume your print hose does this for you ? )

    are you really sure you want to print in house ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pickers
    Hi guys,

    I'm the design editor for my college newsletter and we want to start printing it in-house. We are currently printing in black and white and it costs us £165 for a run of 300 12 page booklets. It is pretty pricey and we want to save money so were thinking of buying a monochrome A3 laser to print it off. I was looking at Dabs and they start at £700 which seemed a bit pricey, so I was wondering if you guys knew of anything cheaper (but can deal with a high output and is cost effective).

    Cheers,

    Pickers
    Do you have any high volume A3 capable photocopiers in the building - I'm thinking of things like Ricoh Aficios or some of the big Minoltas or Canons or something like that? Some of those will work w/something like a Fiery controller and they're hellaciously fast boxes, also cost per page is v. low. Also most will do duplexing as standard anyway - why buy a slow laser when you can convert a very very fast copier . I don't know what size of institution you're in, though.

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