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Old 06-11-2013, 07:28 PM
 
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It seems very difficult to get the concept of laser printing across...
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:57 PM
 
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There were a few a long time ago. But due to fading and requiring special paper it tanked within a few months.


> COMPACT THERMAL PRINTER
> Model 5181
LOL, that looks like an antique from the 80s
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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It seems very difficult to get the concept of laser printing across...
Laser printers require toner as thermal printers don't. Thermal paper sheets are $50 per ream(500 sheets).
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Thermal? Like fax machines and receipt printers? Those are the only applications I've seen for that technology.
Labels. We print hundreds of address/postage labels every month with a Dymo thermal printer.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:35 PM
 
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Many services give you free thermal paper. For example, FedEx. So if you're using your printer primarily for a service that provides free thermal paper, then it's worth considering.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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The last two posts are correct but assume a short time span for the labels life. FedEx only needs to be visible until the package gets to it's location. The Dynamo labels - same. Neither is long term.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:24 PM
 
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Laser printers require toner as thermal printers don't. Thermal paper sheets are $50 per ream(500 sheets).
Printer toner sheets last indefinitely. Thermal do not. it's an obvious difference. $50 a ream is also an obvious difference.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:36 PM
 
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Printer toner sheets last indefinitely. Thermal do not. it's an obvious difference.
As long as a thermal printout is kept out of the light, it will last. I have files that were printed out on thermal paper from the early 80's and they may be a little lighter but they are all readable. The thermal printouts have lasted longer than the 10mb hard drives they came off of.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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As long as a thermal printout is kept out of the light, it will last. I have files that were printed out on thermal paper from the early 80's and they may be a little lighter but they are all readable. The thermal printouts have lasted longer than the 10mb hard drives they came off of.
Only in really good storage conditions. Any that are stored in non-climate controlled areas fade quickly, and certain chemicals in the air can affect them. There are also large variations in the stock, layering, and the "impression" by the printer. Shipping label makers do a strong burn that can last a while. Receipt printers vary tremendously.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:48 AM
 
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Only in really good storage conditions. Any that are stored in non-climate controlled areas fade quickly, and certain chemicals in the air can affect them.
What I stated is personal experience and not opinion. Its storage fits none of your criteria. I pulled a 1983 cardboard storage box out of a uninsulated shed. The box did not fair well, the documents sitting in a plain manila folder have grayed a little through the years but are still 100% readable.
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