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Useful Colour printing for a fraction of the costs
For those of you who are using copier/printers in your office which are on a service contracts you may be interested in what Kyocera/UTAX have introduced into the marketplace.
At the moment you will be charged a rate for colour printing regardless of the amount of colour on the document. This could be a hyperlink on an email that will cost 10 times as much as a mono print.
Kyocera/UTAX now have a range of machines that allows useful colour documents to be printed at half of the price of a full colour document.
Additional Royal Mail discounts available
Royal Mail have introduced new tariffs for franking machine users that can save up 33% on the cost of stamps. A standard 2nd class stamp costs 54 pence whereas the franking machine tariff using a Mailmark device is only 36 pence.
There are no minimum volumes on the post you must send therefore for businesses sending more than 50 items a week it could be worth investing in a Mailmark franking machine.
VAT changes to Royal Mail
Information on VAT and postal services
The Government recently announced that standard rate VAT will start to apply to some postal services from 31st January 2011.
- Most Royal Mail customers will be unaffected by this change, since most services will stay exempt from VAT. Like First and Second Class stamped and franked mail and standard parcels. Meaning there’ll be no VAT to pay when you buy stamps.
Summary of the changes are listed below:
ECO Printing - Xerox
Last year Xerox launched it's revolutionary ColorQube range in the UK
The ColorQube uses a solid ink print technology that offers dramatic reduction in waste and carbon footprint
Not only does this technology help the environment but it could also dramatically reduce the cost of colour printing in your business
- Don't just renew, have a review. Never auto renew contracts for your business. Always take time out to explore your options. Time well invested.
- Understand the total cost of ownership. Make sure you ask and understand the total cost of running your next purchase.
- Where possible always try to allow for upgrade paths. It is more cost effective to add additional modules rather than total upgrades.
- Seek advice and then challenge it. When purchasing there are always alternatives, speak to as many independent sources as time allows, giving you the total picture of the choices you have.