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Re: Printers, etc.
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: Printers, etc.
- From: "Jack C. Thompson" <tcl@TELEPORT.COM>
- Date: Sat, 26 Jun 1999 07:14:33 -0400
- Message-Id: <199906261114.EAA15972@palimpsest.Stanford.EDU>
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My experience yesterday puts some of this into context (for me.) I have
a Mac PowerPC, scanner, HP 5MP 600 dpi b/w laser printer, an Alps
color printer, and an Epson color stylus 800 (for color proofs.)
I purchased the Alps printer just to print the covers to the leather
manufacture book I've published. It does a good job, and the cost
of having a color cover printed would have been far more than what
the Alps cost me (including all the ribbons.)
I print the short pamphlets on my list on demand. The longer items (50 +
pages) are given to a local printer who runs the disk file through a Docutek
(Xerox 600 dpi printer) which prints the pages 2-up - 4-up, duplexes and
collates them. For no additional charge (I amuse them) they also run them
through their guillotine so I can perfect bind them back at the lab with
Over the past year their prices have increased approx. 60% (from 4 cents/page
to 7 cents/page) and normally this would trouble me. However, it sometimes
happens that the night shift does the printing, and they do not always use
the 60 lb. paper which I specify.
This means that they have to run the job over. As one who hates waste, I
do not encourage the printer to toss the 'bad' job into the dumpster. Instead,
they give it to me (with apologies) and re-run the job.
This keeps my cost down.
And they did it again yesterday.
Life is good!
Jack C. Thompson
Thompson Conservation Laboratory