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Best printer for printing hundreds of greeting cards?

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Initial post: 2 Oct 2009 14:54:58 BDT
G. P. Sansom says:
I am looking to start a small business which would entail printing hundreds of greetings cards (including photos) per week. Can anyone recommend a good printer I could buy which is fast, reliable and economical?

I have been advised to get a laser printer but which is best to suit my needs?
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In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2009 11:13:24 GMT
K. BERRY says:
I have used a Xerox Phaser 8560 for this sort of work and have found it works well. It has Duplex facility and will print about 20 copies per minute. It uses blocks of solid wax ink so prints are resistant to water and smudges but large areas of colour can show scratches if subject to a lot of handling. I have also found that a "PagePack" contract, which includes all ink and maintenance costs works out better than buying cheap ink and paying for engineer call outs, which can be very expensive.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2011 12:34:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Mar 2011 12:37:46 GMT
Nigel Davies says:
Hi- did you find the right sort of printer in the end? I am a designer interested in short runs to test the market. Cheers

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2011 12:37:01 GMT
Nigel Davies says:
Dear K Berry, How economical is the Xerox Phaser 8560 ? A piece of string question I know but as rough estimate how many A5s would I get out of an ink set?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2011 15:17:45 GMT
Go to, they use a xerox 700. They will do a pro job and be cheap.

Posted on 21 Mar 2011 21:53:13 GMT
The Xerox ColorQube 8570 has replaced the Xerox Phaser 8560, it's faster that it's predecessor, now running at 40ppm, but essentially it's the same machine. In answer to Nigel Davies two solid ink sticks will produce 4,300 average standard pages (about 9 reams of paper according to the Xerox website), so double it for A5. At the moment you can claim £200 cashback from the Xerox website, although it's not mentioned on the Amazon site at the moment. Solid Ink is said to be a lot more environmentally friendly because of the lack of print cartridges, reduces the waste down to a bit of cardboard.

Xerox ColorQube 8570N - Printer - colour - solid ink - Legal, A4 - up to 40 ppm (mono) / up to 40 ppm (colour) - capacity: 625 sheets - USB, 1000Base-T

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2011 22:02:59 GMT
Paul says:
4300 A4 pages for the 2 ink stick packs so double it for A5, remember you need all 4 colours cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The PagePack contract turns out to be most economical for many people who are printing a lot, although as it's a contract you need to be printing regular and consistent amounts, otherwise it's better to just pay as you go like with a phone. There is a tool on the Xerox website called that works out savings over normal printer purchases. The PagePack contract isn't available from Amazon as it takes a phone conversation to sort out, the likes of Printerland, Printerbase, Misco etc... can do PagePack contracts. If you are looking for it on Amazon it's now the Xerox Colorqube 8570 Xerox ColorQube 8570N - Printer - colour - solid ink - Legal, A4 - up to 40 ppm (mono) / up to 40 ppm (colour) - capacity: 625 sheets - USB, 1000Base-T You can also get a duplex version for about £100 more. Hope this helps

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2011 22:18:27 BDT
Jemi says:
The one review on Amazon is pretty poor... ... 5 min start up? expensive ink...? hmmm...

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2012 12:50:54 BDT
K. Nazir says:
Kodak e550 is a good one, i can get it posted to you as soon as possible.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2012 12:52:31 BDT
K. Nazir says:
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Posted on 31 Aug 2012 12:55:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Aug 2012 12:56:56 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2014 20:30:31 BDT
Chicky says:
Hi, I am looking to do the same as you with starting to print cards, did you find a good printer? Any other info you could give would be great.
Many thanks

Posted on 4 Oct 2014 19:51:39 BDT
generally if you receive a free printer when you purchase inks , rest assured that printer will be paid for with the cost of ink replacement. Ink cartridges are amongst the most expensive more expensive than motor fuel. So check as many reviews as possible. from my experience HP is for me the worst experience i have had from using a printer. I have had expensive office printers and HP for home use i hate them with a vengeance, complex and unreliable

Posted on 30 Nov 2014 13:00:03 GMT
I'm also looking for a printer to do home made cards to sell locally, and online hopefully, but need advice on what kind of printer that will withstand card paper. Thank in advance

Posted on 7 Jan 2015 17:09:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Apr 2016 11:37:45 BDT
Tel says:
Canon Pixma are (were!) by far the best home printers for printing on cardstock providing they have a rear input tray. I have used four models and all have printed on card up to 350gsm. Canon's latest iP7250 only has front loading paper trays and doesn't work for card. Try looking for a used MP610, iP4950 or MG5350. The iP2850 is still available new and should also do the job but I only have experience with the earlier iP2700 which was ok but not up to the quality of the other 5 ink printers

Posted on 16 Jan 2015 21:31:49 GMT
Kim Craft says:
Hi, I'm looking for a laser printer that takes heavy card stock. I have searched the Internet and am getting a headache. I know i need one with straight through feed and need laser jet so I can use printed card through my foil machine. Any help would be appreciated.

Posted on 25 Jan 2015 22:53:27 GMT
Did you fund one kim craft!?....

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2015 15:45:32 BDT
LM says:
Hi Kim, I am looking for the exact specifications for a home greetings card company, and to use for foiling. Did you find a printer? your help would be most appreciated. Many thanks, Lucy

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2015 07:32:46 BDT
searching too, seems the printer manufacturers are missing a trick here as cannot find one at all that is top loading for such
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