Printer Tips: Considering Consumables

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Printer Tip No. 13


Considering your Consumables


We explained how to save on consumables in a previous post but what about those times when it can’t be helped and you need the best quality paper for your project, presentation or collateral? There are hundreds of options with nearly every print manufacturer selling multiple different kinds of paper as well as big box stores like Staples, OfficeMax, Office Depot and more.


First, you should consider what you need. Is it photo paper for a portfolio or design or maybe its high quality card stock for a menu or pamphlet? Once you decide on the paper type, it will help limit the options enabling you to make a more manageable decision.


Next, if this is the kind of job you’ll have to do more than once, you might consider picking up a couple of sample kits and determining which paper is your favorite. The most expensive paper is not always the best and different printers work differently with unique papers.


Finally, where you buy the paper can make a difference. Big box stores often offer rewards on paper purchases reducing the cost or you can find it online if you have time to wait for it to be shipped to you or your office.


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