When you research ID card printers to find the one that is right for your business needs, it is usual to consider price as a factor in your purchase. Most of the time, a budget will be already set for the replacement or implementation of the ID card printing system. However, it is also important to consider what the cost of the ID printing project means to your business and your bottom line. The cost can include the following:
Costs For The ID Printer Or Printer System
Many customers of ID printer systems are concerned about this cost. Frequent fluctuations can be observed in the costs of ID card printers. This is mainly due to an array of factors that needs to be carefully considered while choosing ID printers suitable for your business. Some of these factors include the number of cards that you need to print monthly, the quality of printing, the ease of use of the ID card printer, etc.
You need to analyze your intentions with the ID printer, to avoid a mismatch of your expectations about the printer and the actual capabilities of the printer. Using your ID printer for functions that it is not equipped to offer can result in problems with the functionality, and quality of the printer, leading to printer downtimes.
Cost Of Consumables
Cost for replacement ribbons, cards, and ongoing printer maintenance should also be considered in your budget while making the printer purchase. You can find the price per card by dividing the cost of a printer ribbon by the number of prints it can offer. The cost of consumables can vary with the printer model that you select and you need to specifically consider the consumable costs for the ID printer of your choice.
Version Of ID Card Software
There are also fixed and variable costs related to ID printing software. There are traditional desktop ID software options that can include a one-time purchase charge, but they are not updated automatically.
This is an important but often overlooked cost. Buying a printer based only on price would not be a wise idea and can be a nightmare for all users. Cheap printers can have many technical problems, resulting in downtimes, making the users unhappy as they are unable to cards. Printer downtimes can even affect the smooth working of a business as they are unable to issue ID cards to the visitors and staff.