What Is 'Cost Per Page'?
At Cost Per Copy, our commitment to our customers is to ensure your printer is as inexpensive to run as possible, providing the lowest cost per page guaranteed.
But what is the cost per page and why is it important?
'Cost per page' is the industry term for how much it actually costs you, the consumer, to print a page.
If you are in charge of managing office supplies or printing budget, it is essential for you to be aware of how much it costs to print one page of text or one page of graphics on your office printer.
Oftentimes, the price of printers or cartridges can be misleading. Typically, cheaper machines will cost you much more in the long run than their more expensive alternatives. To accurately monitor your printing expenses, printing cost per page is the most important metric to focus on.
How do I calculate my printer's cost to print per page?
You can calculate your printers cost per page by using the formula:
Cartridge Price / Page Yield + Paper Cost = Cost Per Copy
The first factor you must consider when calculating your printers cost per copy is cartridge Cartridge price is just that, how much it actually costs to purchase refill cartridges for your printer. Whether its ink or toner, the prices of cartridges are entirely dependent on your printer make and model.
Purchasing compatible ink and toner is an excellent way to reduce your total cost per page. Compatibles are third party manufactured ink and toner cartridges designed to work as efficiently as their branded alternatives. Our Dynamo compatible inks and toners go through several quality tests and checks to ensure maximum quality output. Compatibles are just as good as originals, the only difference is the unbeatable price.
What is page yield?
Page yield is a figure, disclosed by the cartridge manufacturer, that details the amount of pages your printer can print before requiring a replacement cartridge. This figure can be found on the cartridge packaging. It is important to note that page yield is based on prints with just 5% coverage.
This is an approximate visualisation of 5% page coverage with text.
As is clear in the image above, 5% coverage is not much. If you are consistently printing large graphics or pages heavy with text, your cost per copy will inherently be more expensive.
The final factor in calculating your cost per copy, is the cost of your paper. This can be calculated using the formula:
Cost Per Ream (500 sheets) / Number of Sheets = Cost Per Sheet
Generally speaking, cost per sheet can range between half a cent per page to two cents per page for one A4 sheet. This sum is dependent on paper quality, brand and size.
At Cost Per Copy, we strive to ensure your cost to print per page is as low as possible, guaranteed. Get in touch for more advice on lowering your printing costs today.