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In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
email@example.com (saad) wrote:
> can some one please help me with the actual cost of per copy on phaser
> 7750 or hp 9500 with 80% coverage.
Is that 80% out of 400% (4 inks, 20% per ink), or is that 80% out of
100% (80% of each ink)?
Maybe you could do what I just did: go to Xerox's web site and look up
the 7750, and look at the price for toner and the specified yields.
CMY each cost 1.27272 cents at 5% coverage. A 5% CMY page, then, costs
3.81816 cents. A 20% CMY page, which means 20% of each of those inks
(or 60% out of the possible 400%), costs 4 times as much: 15.27264
K toner at 5% coverage is 0.46875 cents. Times 4 for 20%, that makes it
So 20% of each color for an 80% coverage comes out to 15.27264 cents
plus 1.875 cents for a total of 17.14764 cents.
However, if you wanted 80% of each ink (wow! 320% coverage, that's
really the maximum the engine will lay down), that's 4 times as much for
a total of 68.6 cents.
This is assuming LETTER sized pages. If you're doing 20% coverage on a
TABLOID size page, double your expense.
I leave it to the reader to go to HP's site and get the same pricing and
yield information, and do his own math.
Now, that's fine if you want to buy the 7750 and if you want the ability
not to use it--that is, you want the flexibility of paying strictly as
you go, and not paying for a more expensive printer. But if you know
you're going to use it, you take the above numbers and do the math and
see what you come up with.
If you're going to use it for 5000 letter size prints a month at that
20% per color rate, you'll spend $857 on ink. If those are tabloid size
pages, you'll spend $1700 on ink.
At this point you should look toward the next step: a more expensive
machine that costs significantly less to operate. If you step up to the
7750's big brother, the Xerox 3535, you get the same engine with a few
more goodies and an equally robust print processor, but more importantly
you're now in an entirely different pricing tier. Now you're at the
level where you buy prints from Xerox at a straight price of around 8.9
cents, regardless of size and regardless of ink coverage.
So your 5000 prints cost $445 fixed, regardless of ink used. If you're
doing tabloid prints, that leaves you with over $1200 per month to spend
on the machine itself. If the machine costs $700 per month to buy, you
save $500 each and every month you're in business.