There are so many options which exist when it comes to choosing a printer. With all of these choices available, you will need to think about the purpose for which your new printer will be used. This will make the difference between whether you choose to buy a laser printer versus an ink jet and also the level of functionality you expect your printer to have. Consider the following tips which will help you to save some money on the purchase of your new printer and also in the long term as well.

  1. Think About Your Needs

The purpose for which you need the printer will determine the type of printer you purchase. If you will be specializing in printing photos, then a specialty photo printer is what you will really need. If you will be printing large volumes of documents for a business or office, a heavy duty laser printer will do the job and perhaps need to be black and white. For home or personal use, ink jet printers are more popular.

The key to saving on your new printer purchase in this regard is to purchase based on your needs so that you will be able to get the best features for the functions you will require. This way you will not waste funds to acquire additional features you may never use and you will get the best quality printer suitable for the job.

  1. Do Research Before You Purchase

Since so many brands and types of printers abound, it is very likely that you will be able to find a printer you need in a very affordable price range. Whether you have decided to purchase the printer at a local store or online, doing research online is an excellent place to start. Since you would have already identified what you will be using the printer for, this will help to narrow your research. You will be able to look at the various brands and what they offer in terms of the specifications and make a selection. Price point will also be important so this tip will require you to look carefully at the total package and make the best choice based on value and features.

  1. Consider Ink or Toner Cartridge Cost

The cost of your printer does not end with the actual purchase of the machine. Supplies such as paper and ink are a cost you will have for the lifetime of the printer. This is high on the list of considerations if you really want to save on your printer. While the initial cost may be cheap or very affordable, the long term ink or toner cost can actually make the purchase not seem very worthwhile. You will need to check the availability of the ink or toner as well as the cost.

Toner for laser printers is actually pretty costly especially in comparison to ink jet printer cartridges. The print capacities of both types of cartridges are also very different so this is something you will want to plan for when looking at how you will be able to save on your purchase.

  1. Think About the Cost of Maintenance and Replacement Parts

Does your printer require regular maintenance? Laser printers generally come with a maintenance kit and also replacement parts and tend to require more frequent servicing than ink jet printers. What do those costs look like? That is something you will also need to look into so that you can get the most from your investment. You will also want to invest in models for which the replacement parts can be easily sourced and find out how much the most commonly replaced parts will cost.

  1. Try to Shop during Special Sale Events

Of course, when sale events are being run you will want to take advantage of the special pricing at these times. Cyber sales and in store sales tend to give excellent prices especially during the holidays, the period prior to when schools reopen and also other selected sales. If you try to keep abreast of these you may even be able to take advantage of value added offers which may be made along with the printer as well.

  1. How Much Space will be needed to House the Printer?

The size of the printer you purchase will determine where it will be stored. It may mean buying a desk for which you may not have budgeted. This is another possible factor to consider if you want to save on your purchase.

  1. Check Owner Reviews

Another form of research you will want to conduct is to look at what others who own a similar model have been saying about it. Try to gather these from trusted sources so that you can get an objective and complete picture of the printer’s performance. This may make the difference between a purchase and a change of decision.

Author Bio – This guest post is a contribution of Tom Richards on behalf of inkfactory.com.