Free Color Printer


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!

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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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About Walter Jeffries

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8 Responses to Free Color Printer

  1. valereee says:

    Hey, Walter! Is the recipe for your hot dogs your own? I’ve got a hot dog recipe that calls for corn syrup and pink salt, and I’d love to avoid both. I see from your label that your hot dogs don’t include either. Any chance of sharing your recipe? I’m just starting out sausage making so an emulsified sausage isn’t on today’s agenda, but I’d like to make hot dogs after I’ve had some experience.

  2. Valereee, the basic recipe was for a beef hot dog and included both the pink salt (nitrate/nitrite) and corn syrup. We eliminated the nitrates and nitrites which means the hot dogs should be kept frozen until used and we substituted maple syrup – our local version of sugar – for the corn syrup. For this first batch we just made 113 pounds which have sold out instantly. We hope to make another batch in February. They hot dogs are made using our all natural pastured pork but we don’t actually make the hot dogs here on our farm. It requires special equipment, a clean room and a license to do any volume. Rather they are made at a small hot dog and kielbasa company in Massachusetts. More details soon.

  3. valereee says:

    Great, I’ll be looking forward to hearing more! The recipe I have is for a beef hot dog, too, from the book Charcuterie by Ruhlman & Polcyn. Wish I could try your hot dogs, they sound delicious!

    Very cool that you can have them made without nitrates/nitrites. Here in Ohio the pastured pork producer I buy my pork from says he can’t get anyone to make sausage nitrate/nitrite free. Maybe Ohio law requires it. It’s one of the reasons I’m starting some sausagemaking myself.

  4. Haymaker says:

    Unsolicited plug: I put those types of printers from that program in about a dozen offices at my old company, and we were very pleased with the output quality and arrangement. You do pay for the ink/wax, but if you’re using spot color -even instant letterhead – it’s a decent program.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Some natural foods sources suggest (or outright state) that when an ingredients list says “spices”, MSG is one of the “spices” hidden behind that description. Your stance on other issues makes it easy to believe no MSG is involved in your products, but I wonder if it might be possible to succinctly clarify that on the label (if you feel like doing so, of course) without giving away any family jewels involved in the recipe…

  6. Interesting. I had never heard that about MSG being considered a spice. I believe it is required to be declared. Looking on the FDA web site I see:

    MSG must be declared on the label of any food to which it is added.

    So apparently MSG can’t simply be included under the spices but must be on the label.

    In any case, our products contain no MSG.

  7. Here’s one more citation I just found on the MSG topic:

    Ingredient Listing
    Under current FDA regulations, when MSG is added to a food, it must be identified as “monosodium glutamate” in the label’s ingredient list. Each ingredient used to make a food must be declared by its name in this list.

  8. Chris says:

    Hi Walter,

    So you print these labels from a design that you’ve made yourself on Photoshop(?) and then buy the stickers from the printer company as well? Just curious because I’ve had a company print labels for my pre bagged salad mix for awhile now but they’re only 1 color. The 6 cents per label is the figure after the cost of the printer I assume.

    Seems like a good resource though. I’ll write a quick post about it over on my new farm resource blog-
    wannafarm.com

    See ya!

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