The topic of printers has come up several times. We ended up getting the Primera LX400 label printer which I really like. The labels are very high quality, photographic even, and the cost is only about 6¢ per label for our meat label design. More ink per label would cost more – part of why I have the large white area in the middle of the pig – it keeps the label cost down as well as giving a space to put the cut, weight, price, etc.
I like the LX400 printer a lot. The labels are better quality than we have been able to find from a professional printing company. The adhesive sticks well even on frozen goods (wipe off any moisture before sticking) and it doesn’t bleed at all. Very high quality. Here’s a link to the printer web page on Primera’s site. For the WinterFest at NECI I printed labels with our names on them – very stylish.
One of my current background research projects is to find a paper that will work in both the Primera LX400 and in our butcher’s direct thermal label printer (CAS LP-II scale/printer). I’ve got some interesting leads and we’ll see where that goes. If you have a source, let me know.
The LX400 lists for $1,400 but you can find better deals if you shop around for the best price online. I paid about $1,000 for ours. Primera also has a larger, much more expensive, LX810 printer that does 8″ wide labels and runs about $2,500 – more printer than we needed.
I mentioned back on this post about the four different printers we’re using for printing labels, posters, brochures, invoices, order forms and such. Xerox is offering free color printers – to qualified users. The trick with the Xerox free color printer program is they’ll give you the printer free if you buy their ink – the old razor blade and handle market. In our case it works since we do the printing anyways – We barely meet their minimum of 2,000 pages per month. Fortunately, a double-sided page counts as two pages – I print a lot of brochures and price sheets that have both sides in use. They have a referral program where if you do it, enter 732517 for the referral code and then both you and I get a $50 credit. Sweet – A $50 discount on a $0 printer!
It’s a good way to get a free printer if you’re already doing the pages. Previously I had been printing this sort of thing on our HP OfficeJet 7130 aio printer. Ironically, it actually costs me less to buy Xerox’s ink than I was previously spending with the HP OfficeJet – I just couldn’t have afforded the upfront cost of the printer. So not only did I get a free printer, I’m saving money. Nice.
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