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Please help - I need advice on what printer to buy

Discussion in 'Printing & Print Design Forum:' started by jdparry1978, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. jdparry1978

    jdparry1978 New Member

    I run a small home business doing kids party invites that I have designed on photoshop and I have tried quite a few printers so far. HP, Epson, Brother ink jets. Quality has been good enough but I have had problem after problem and had to return them. Mainly due to the product failing after a short time. I was then advised to buy a good colour laser printer and was recommended by an online print shop that the Kyocera Ecosys P6021cdn would be perfect for me. I was told the print quality wouldn't be that far of a 4 colour ink jet. I received that printer today and to say I was disappointed is an understatement. The print quality is extremely poor. Colours are very washed out and black text as a slight blur and shadowing to it. I think I may have been advised very poorly on this.

    I am now at a point where I don't know what to do. I need a good quality printer that will cope with heavy use (approx 150-200 prints per day on 10x15cm photo paper). I definitely think ink jet is the way forward as laser does not give a glossy finish. I also need to keep my print costs down as well.

    Quality of print does not need to be photo quality. These are only kids invites and 4 colour printers have been fine so far, they just don't seem to be up to the job of handling the amount of prints I need to do.

    I don't really trust any shops or manufacturers for advise as I been advised poorly a few times now, I think just to get a sale out of me. I don't mind paying for an expensive printer if it is going to do the job and going to last more than just a couple of weeks.

    The other problem I have encountered a lot with ink jets is paper feeding. I am using 10x15cm photo paper with a glossy finish. I cannot afford to use epson or hp photo paper as it is not cost effective for my business. I use a decent glossy 230gsm paper etikken world I think the name is. It fed fine in the epson, but that printer kept going faulty and wouldn't recognise its own cartridges (after swapping it 6 times for exactly the same fault I gave up).

    At the end of the day my business relies on a printer, without one I do not have a business. I just want the right tool for the job and I don't mind paying for it. If anyone can help me with some advise on this it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.
  2. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    Never heard of Kyocera - so that's a bad sign right there.

    Unless you pay a premium for a high quality printer - what you'll get at a low price is office printers, not suitable for mass production.

    I'd recommend an OKI - look them up. They are brilliant.
  3. 1christopher

    1christopher New Member

    Your problem is trying to print on photo paper with a laser.

    Glossy photo paper is for photos, not for invites. If you want to print photos, buy a dye-sub printer. If you want invites, buy a different card stock.
  4. 1christopher

    1christopher New Member

    Or, alternatively, find a local reliable printing firm to partner with. It'll probably work out cheaper.

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