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Choosing the Right Photo Paper

February 26, 2010

Tags: Printing Basics, Paper, Photography, Pro Photography


Our article on choosing the right photo paper is online at Computer Shopper.

“Not all photo paper is the same. Using the right kind of paper can make all the difference in printing, displaying, and preserving your photos....”

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How to Choose the Right Paper for Your Print Job

February 4, 2010

Tags: Printers, Paper, Computer Shopper


Choosing the right paper for any print job is dependent on your budget, your purpose and the type of message you want your printed material to send. Our latest article on paper for Computer Shopper explores the options available, and how to choose among them:

“Once upon a time (and yes, it is something of a fairy tale) futurologists and technology journalists confidently predicted that the arrival of the paperless office was both inevitable and imminent. What with e-mail and the Internet, the inexorable denouement and impending extinction of newspapers and magazines, plus the rise of emerging technologies like e-books and electronic tablets, there would be no compelling reason to continue using expensive, ephemeral, forest-devouring paper. Alas, the reality has been quite different, because the ubiquitousness of computers and electronic communications hasn’t dented or diminished the use of paper one iota .... But the big problem most people face is not whether or not to print to paper, but what is the best kind of printer paper to use. The answer is it all depends.....”

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How to Calculate Cost Per Page — and Save Money Printing

January 29, 2010

Tags: Printers, Paper, Computer Shopper


The initial price of a printer is only the beginning of your costs. Our article on how to calculate how much you’ll spend on per page printed is online at Computer Shopper:

“One of the most brilliant financial models in modern history—the “loss leader”—was pioneered in 1902 by a man with the improbable name of King Camp Gillette. If that name seems familiar, it’s because the company he founded manufactures and sells billions of disposable razors every year. Although Gillette didn’t invent the safety razor, he turned it into a money-making juggernaut. This he did by designing the safety razor with disposable blades. Gillette made his fortune not by selling the razors themselves—which his company sold at a nominal price or gave away for free—but from the sale of the disposable blades.... The same “loss leader” financial model applies to inkjet and laser printers. Most printer manufacturers make their money not from the sale of the printers themselves, but from selling you ink or toner cartridges....”

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