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I just did a small project for a long-time client where she provided the special paper for printing but I had to use my ink from my HP Photosmart printer. It was a color project. My daughter said that she has seen charges for printing at $.50/sheet at her college library and other places that provide this service. I don't need to charge for the paper - if I did, this would be easy to figure out. I just need a cost for the ink. I was going to use $.25 per sheet. Do you think this is high?

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I just did a small project for a long-time client where she provided the special paper for printing but I had to use my ink from my HP Photosmart printer. It was a color project. My daughter said that she has seen charges for printing at $.50/sheet at her college library and other places that provide this service. I don't need to charge for the paper - if I did, this would be easy to figure out. I just need a cost for the ink. I was going to use $.25 per sheet. Do you think this is high?

 

What I would probably do, is look of the average yield of my cartridge online, divide the cost of the cartridge by the average yield, and then add a few cents for wear and tear on my printer, and call that my per-page price.

 

Just my $0.02

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Janet,

 

Check the pricing for color copies locally (average $0.50) and deduct the paper cost (average $0.02 - $0.03). The highest cost in printing is typically the ink and the machine wear/tear.

 

For example if the ream of paper cost $10 (being 500 sheets) the per copy cost would be $0.02. If the average color copy cost is $0.50 then you'd charge $0.48 per sheet to your client IF it's a single sided print job. Multiply that amount by two for double-sided printing; $0.96.

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Was it full colour as in photos or more like coloured text flyers and such? I know I pay over $1/sheet for full colour at Staples or Office Depot. Like Ruth says, phone around what local businesses/printers are charging and deduct the paper cost from it.

 

T.

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Good advice from everyone. Your printer should have an average ink usage, like Amanda said, so you can work it out that way (which is what I used to do) or work out what others are charging and deduct the paper cost like Ruth suggested. If it's not something you're going to do a lot then it's probably less important to get the pricing perfect but don't short change yourself!

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Hi, Janet:

 

I wouldn't worry about being exactly right, especially if this is a rare occurence.

 

I charge for black and white and color copies based on the price at Staples.

 

Deduct a few cents for paper and run with it.

 

Since this is a long-time client, you might want to make a one-time "adjustment." Your call!

 

Ramona

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