Because printing is central to the use of the Dollar Homeschool material I know a lot of you have questions as to which printer would be best. The good news is that technology is now delivering the ideal printers at a lower cost than ever before. Someone said that the power of the press is for those who own one - and have something worthwhile to print! Your computer, one of these printers, and the Dollar Homeschool give you that power.
The main factor to consider when choosing a printer is cost per page since this cost is often more than the cost of the printer in the long run. Paper costs about $20-$30 per 5000 (1/3 to 1/2 cent per sheet which is 2 pages) so this a minor cost. Generally ink jet printers can cost from 3-5 cents per page for ink. Laser printers are faster and cost from 1-3 cents per page. Thus the major cost is the ink or toner.
The ideal is a duplex printer that will print both sides of the paper at one time. Amazingly, the cost of these printers has dropped in half in just the last 3 years. A duplex printer is the closest thing you can have to your own printing press. And with prices for toner down at 1 cent per page it is cheaper than buying preprinted books. The ones that best fit the bill are:
* K means 1,000 pages. A 5K toner cartridge is good for 5,000 pages.
The following sites are worthwhile to visit for getting good prices on printers and supplies:
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Provides links to the low cost suppliers of printers and just about anything else. A really great site.
Good for comparing prices as well as finding who sells what brand and model of product.