Buying And Setting Up A Receipt Printer

Mistake 1: Go cheap. Cheap papers like bond and other non-coated papers are not made to hold ink. The results speak for themselves, they are awful. Some non-coated water color paper may work well with inkjet printers but not nearly as well as comparable coated water color papers. Calculated by the square foot, the best paper for your print may only increase the price of your print by $.25 and even the most expensive of papers by a $1.00 to $2.00. That is a small price to pay for showing off your work at its best.

In my experience, any printer that holds the paper vertically and then pulls it down through the invariably ends up having paper jam problems.

Are you using the printer manufacturer’s software to print your photos? Other software, perhaps supplied free with photo paper or over the internet, may be easier to use but may not get the best out of the printer.

The receipt printer can connect to your POS system through a cable interface, which can be serial, parallel, USB or Ethernet connection. All the printers will support at least the basic type of interface, i.e. the serial and parallel interface. In some of the printers, the USB interface is an option. If you think a particular printer fits your requirements perfectly but doesn’t have an interface that you are for, ask the dealer about adding an additional interface. They usually do it but at an extra cost.

If the Replace Drum/Toner Low light is lit up and is not blinking, remove the toner cartridge. Take a soft cloth and dip it into alcohol or hot water. Rub the soft cloth gently and carefully against the toner cartridge. Also shake the toner back and forth and from side to side. This will distribute the toner well. Reseat the toner cartridge properly and start printing. This solution will also work if the Replace Drum/Toner Low light is not lit up. A blinking Replace Drum/Toner Low light indicates that the toner cartridge is near to finish and needs a replacement.

Print a nozzle test to see that all nozzles are firing. You will find the nozzle test in the printer software under a heading such as “maintenance”, “service”, “utilities” etc.

The best way to find great deals on printer ink is to shop around. Check out the prices at your local stores and compare them to the online prices you find. If you’re considering off-brands, consider the potential cost of damaging your print head. You may decide it’s not worth it unless you’re using lots of ink and you’re making significant savings on each cartridge.

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