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Old 06-13-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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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.
And I have thermal deposit slips from my bank that sit in an envelope in my office with no direct sunlight which have faded significantly after a year. YMMV.
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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And I have thermal deposit slips from my bank that sit in an envelope in my office with no direct sunlight which have faded significantly after a year.
Now you know better that that the quality of the electronics makes a difference. The technology of the past would've nearly burned the info onto paper compared to today which starts fading upon it printing. BTW the OP's topic is Printers that can print 8.5 x 11 documents and not slips and labels.
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:34 PM
 
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Is it economical for a consumer to have a thermal printer versus an inkjet printer?

Ink is very expensive so I was thinking maybe having a thermal printer may be cheaper. However, is there even thermal paper that is 8.5 x 11 in or do they only come in rolls?
Is there a reason you don't want a laser printer? They are pretty cheap these days, especially considering the cost of ink/toner and (in my experience...) ease of use and reliability. I particularly like the laser for fast, quality, black and white. To me inkjets are maybe better when color is important occasionally and print volume is low...I haven't yet considered a color laser, so not sure how that compares.

I still use 2 inkjets occasionally, but just hate wasting ink and and running out of, and for, $$$ cartridges, which always seem overpriced and die just when I need them :-) usually a color I don't care about but many printers require all cartridges to operate even if printing black and white...another reason I dislike inkjets. Then if buy refills, they seem to run out prematurely (always 'cleaning the heads etc'...wastes ink) or often don't work well etc. etc. eventually I toss the inkjet printer even though not very old.

Our USED HP laser jet, has been solid for 4-5 years and, still works great...even on non-OEM tone cartridge.

YMMV of course...as I have only owned maybe 10 printers over time and of course they hopefully improve ...I'm curious of others experience here.
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Is there a reason you don't want a laser printer? They are pretty cheap these days, especially considering the cost of ink/toner and (in my experience...) ease of use and reliability. I particularly like the laser for fast, quality, black and white. To me inkjets are maybe better when color is important occasionally and print volume is low...I haven't yet considered a color laser, so not sure how that compares ...
I'm with you. I'm totally sick and tired of replacing the ridiculously expensive injet cartridges. My next printer will be a b/w laser now that the price has gone down. I seldom have to print in color. If I do, I'll just pop into Kinko's or the UPS store and use their color printer.
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