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#1 nscaper

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    Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:08 PM

    I was planning on doing the DIY boarding pass invites and was either going to have it done at Staples/Kinko's or buy my own printer. I was under the impression that if I wanted to do it at home, a laser printer would be better.

    However, after talking to a sales guy at Staples, he said the colors would be better with inkjet.

    We might buy a printer and do some test pages and do some test pages at Staples, but what is everyone doing at home for printing?

    Thanks!

    #2 JennyK

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      Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:09 PM

      I'm printing on an inkjet. It's definitely not the greatest, but it does the job I need it to do.. plus it's much cheaper than getting it done at Kinkos.

      #3 beachbride08

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        Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:20 PM

        I printed my STDs and invitations on my home printer which is an inkjet. I thought they came out fine. I actually think it ends up being cheaper to have Kinko's print them, but I never ended up going there for a quote. SOmething I discovered when printing my RSVP cards is that you have to wait for the ink to dry before touching them. I smeared the ink on one page. I printed those on a shimmer cardstock so I'm not sure if that made the ink dry slower than the regular cardstock, but I only had that happen with that paper.
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        #4 arhoyaltres

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          Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:55 PM

          We are printing all of our paper goods on our inkjet printer. We've tested everything on sample paper to make sure that we didn't have the smearing issue. We are have a Canon MP610 and it works just fine.

          #5 adias.angel

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            Posted 12 June 2008 - 08:41 AM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by nscaper
            I was under the impression that if I wanted to do it at home, a laser printer would be better.
            For the cost of the printer & ink, you will be better off taking it to some place to have it printed. Actually if you call around to printing companies (not a staples type place) you might be able to get a cheaper price because of how many pages you are printing.

            #6 FYB87

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              Posted 13 June 2008 - 09:31 AM

              I'm not sure which I'm going to do. I have three printers (photo/laser, inkjet and a all-in-one inkjet). I plan on testing pages on each printer to see which one's work best. But, also remember that if you plan on doing everything yourself to check the prices with printing companies. Because if you have to go out and buy a printer and then the cartrides it may be the same price. Especially if your projects are going to be using a great deal of colors!

              #7 azhuskergirl

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                Posted 13 June 2008 - 09:40 AM

                I printed ours (at work) on the laser printer (shhhh, don't tell my boss). They turned out great. I was afraid of the inkjet smearing, so that's why I did it the way I did. Tip for you if you use a laser....print the side with the "barcodes" first..... I learned that the hard way.

                #8 Yvette

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                  Posted 13 June 2008 - 09:48 AM

                  I have an inkjet printer too. I think mine came out just fine. I did them for my bridal shower, I didn't think it would be worth the price of going to Staples since there wasn't that much color to them.

                  But for my save the dates I did make my own copy and took it to Staples for copies. But that was a full color page flyer I made up. I love Staples, the staff is always super nice and helpful. Plus I have their Rewards card that saves me a lot!

                  #9 Hitched Invites

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                    Posted 13 June 2008 - 11:27 AM

                    If your just going to buy a laser printer for a proof copy or for this project, it is not worth money, if you were going to use all the time sure, Laser printers have come down in price but for a one time at home use I don't think it is necessary. Save your money for something else for the wedding =)! With all the hassle of printing and getting it right let Kinkos deal with it!

                    Not to mention laser jet ink cartridges run about $80 a piece and you have 4 CMYK.

                    #10 amesharpe

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                      Posted 13 June 2008 - 12:50 PM

                      nice call, I'm totally going to use the work printer
                      I printed ours (at work) on the laser printer (shhhh, don't tell my boss). They turned out great. I was afraid of the inkjet smearing, so that's why I did it the way I did. Tip for you if you use a laser....print the side with the "barcodes" first..... I learned that the hard way.





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