A recent printing survey on home printing habits and costs revealed some interesting feedback on home printer usage. The following data was collated by Doxdirect, an innovative online printing company and document storage solution, that have adopted a business print model with a unique printing services for businesses, work at home personnel and home users.
Reading further, you will see an analysis on how the costs and benefits of printing online compares to printing for home workers and home run businesses.
Representing a massive 86% of the home user market, inkjet printers are very popular, compared to 13% for the laser printer. Although laserjet printers prices are now very competitively priced with more variety compared to a decade ago, inkjet printers are almost 7 times as popular.
There is a lower initial layout costs for an inkjet than a laser jet printer, although the favoured option for home businesses printing larger volumes is likely to be a laserjet printer model.
What type of home printer do you use?
If you use an inkjet printer, what make/model do you have?
With printer manufacturers fighting for their share of ther market, the battle has been fierce with Canon, Epson and Hewlett Packard taking the lion’s share.
How much do you pay for a full set of ink cartridges?
The average price of a full set of ink cartridges is between £15-£20. This seems quite low, and may reflect a trend that users are trying to save on costs and – are purchasing refurbished cartridges. It’s a common occurrence that refilled ink cartidges do not perform as well as the original manufacturer’s (OEM) version. These are not to be confused with some online printer shops that provide remanufactured cartridges, that often come with more ink than the original.
Original manufacturer Ink Cartridges for a HP 2000cn can be as much as £38 just for the black printing ink. In comparison, cartridges for the Canon PIXMA MG5450 can be as little as £10 each, with a full set costing around £40 when purchasing online.
Do the Ink cartridges dry up as you need to print something?
The drying up of ink cartridges is depicted here as a common occurrence, but still a surprising statistic with almost half of users encountering this problem. We’ve all experienced this scenario once in our lives – just as you need to print that all important document for a meeting or a home made birthday card, the printer ink drys up and barely marks the page.
What type of documents do you print? (Tick all that apply)
The above line chart shows that a hig proportion of people are using their inkjet printers for business, aswell as for general correspondence. It’s not surprising that photos account for a large proportion of usage when you bear in mind the higher resolution of the modern digital camera and higher quaity photo printers, but it is one of the main reasons ink cartridge usage and consumable cost can spiral out of control.
How many pages do you print each week?
Most home users are not going to exceed the manufacturer’s ‘monthly duty cycle’, which for a low priced home inkjet printer of around £65, can be as high as 3,500 pages per month.
Here we see that the typical home user prints infrequently with almost 50% printing less than 40 pages per week. Around 18% of users are printing higher volumes of up to a 100 pages per week (400 pages per month).
Do you own a binding machine or do you have access to one?
From the stats collated on the number of users that own a binding machine, the total is 15%. One can presume that these users are regularly printing and binding for their home business use.
So what are the costs of setting up and printing from home? If you’re a casual user and don’t print regularly, an inkjet is a feasible method of printing a low-medium number of single sided A4 documents.
For home business users who’re producing higher volumes and who have a requirement to print handouts for a meetings, small booklets or itinerary, or even a simple brochure, a low end colour laserjet maybe be more economical.
A real life cost benefits analysis and comparison for online printing on the above data will be published next month on the Doxdirect portal. The published data was independently compiled by DoxDirect. Contact details and further request for information can be found at DoxDirect Google +