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Cost of Color vs. Monochrome (Black and White) Printing

Did you know that even with all the advancements in technology, the costliest activity in a professional setting is printing?

Collaboration tools and document management systems have advanced printing, but have not stopped the use of paper and printer cartridges, which can be really expensive, especially if your business relies on print materials to grow, like fliers, brochures, or info packets.

Have you ever wondered if choosing between a color printer and monochrome (black and white) printer could be the key to saving money for your business?

The Cost of Color Printer Toner

It is widely believed that color toner is more expensive than black toner to print with. Really, the cost of any printer cartridge depends on the brand of that ink, paper, and machine involved.

The cost of an average page of black and white copy is about 8 cents. For a color copy of the same level, the costs range slightly more expensive, about 10 and 15 cents. However, remember that the quality of your color toner and printer determine the cost of your printing!

If you have the best quality toner and a high quality printer, you’ll likely find that you’re going to have lower costs for printer toner.

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Focused on Saving Money?

If you’re running a small business, your focus might be on saving as much money as possible. If that’s your number one priority, don’t hesitate to choose a printer that can accommodate all of your needs including toner.

When looking to save money, consider only changing toner cartridges when it’s absolutely necessary. Also consider trying compatible toner. Over time, these strategies can help you save money. Make sure you invest in a high quality printer or copier since the better printers will make the cost of any color or black toner much less in the long run.

Buy Your Printer Toner from Ann Arbor-Based MCS Today!

If you own or manage a business that relies on multiple printers, you know how much of an expense your equipment, toner cartridges, and paper can be. You also know what a pain it is when you and your staff aren’t able to print. It’s almost as bad as being without the internet…Almost!

Much like you tend to your vehicle, "It is very important to take care of your investment and schedule service as soon as your printer shows signs of a problem," Kyle Miller, our resident printer expert, says, “In my opinion, it is good practice to have maintenance performed on your printers each year, even when nothing is wrong with them.”

Don’t rely on your printer manufacturer for help when you could instead have the quality, friendly service of a local company that truly cares about you and getting your business back up and running again.

Contact us today to discuss your needs and to schedule a checkup for your printer.  We can also serve your toner needs. Check out a sample of our competitive prices!

We have been working with Michigan Computer Supplies for three years and purchase OEM and compatible cartridges and maintenance kits for about twenty printers. We not only have three lumber yards but also supply our off site sales staff with ink for their personal printers. Our main HP printer uses about 40 toner cartridges per year. We prefer to use MCS's compatible or refurbished cartridges for cost savings. For example, out of those 40 cartridges we may have had issues with 2 of them and MCS replaces them right away without any questions! A lot of other companies ask a lot of questions and try to troubleshoot to avoid having to replace the cartridge or come on site. They are amazing! In addition, when we have been in a pinch they have come right out that day which is pretty rare. They are a very friendly company and always have us covered!

Doug Beaumont, Chelsea Lumber Company


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