Paper Price: A Pretty Penny (You Shouldn’t Have To Pay)
Thank you for your fancy screens that are making paper take the backseat, but the price of basic copy paper has gotten a little ridiculous.
It’s the same old supply and demand tune: people are using it less, mills are shutting down across the country, and your organization is paying the steep price for it. The fact is that something as simple as a super thin piece of tree is ultimately upping your business’ operating costs. Quite frankly, it seems neither logical, nor fair—wouldn’t you agree?
The big boxes play all sorts of pricing games to hide prices on their cases of copy paper (guess copy paper isn’t all black and white after all…). Not to mention the fact that the rebates they do offer are only good for buying more of their merchandise. Oh, hello, vicious cycle!
At Coastal, we cut right to the chase. We don’t toy with our customers, playing these pricing games where you lose. Our PaperSaver program is here to save the printing day time and time again because it is a competitive and reliable service. Translation: you get what you pay for with the Coastal guarantee.
Oh, and we’ll even let you in on another budget saving secret you can do all on your own:
PRINT. ON. THE. BACK.
The best way to use half the amount of paper and still get everything you need printed is to print on both sides. No need to call the press or alert the authorities because this isn’t revolutionary. Remember books? Every page is printed on both sides and no one has a problem turning them over to read the next piece of information, so why don’t you do the same?
Let’s do the math shall we:
2 sides of paper + the same amount of information = less paper & more money saved
Now, you may be asking yourself, “But will my printer do that?” If your basic printer doesn’t have the capability to print double-sided, then it probably is outdated. Duplex printers are the new norm, and if you are working in an office, then the odds are highly in your favor that your printer is one of them. Plus, they are neither difficult nor expensive to operate and can print on both sides automatically. In fact, the majority of modern printers have this functionally built right in! Here at coastal we converted to duplex printers, and we love every second of it.
This may be a bit of a culture change to use both sides of paper, but at the end of the day, flipping a page over to read the back of it is a first world “issue” that really isn’t a hassle at all. It can benefit your budget while making your office just a bit greener, which is a real movement modern companies are racing to do.
It’s better than doing something like this:
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Always think before you print. Another wonder of technology is that it will find and correct your mistakes if you tell it to. If you need to print something out, turn on spellcheck and proofread your work. As a professional, handing a manager or client a document with errors, then going back, making the changes and printing again, not only wastes paper, time, and money, but it’s just not cool. Checking your work is elementary, and your fifth grade teacher was right. With that said (one more time for the people in the back!) never forget to use the duplex functionality of your printer!
When you use less paper you don’t have to spend as much on it. An added bonus is that you don’t have to get in your gym time lugging those huge 50-pound crates all over the place.
Contact us at BuyLocal@CoastalOp.net if you’d like to know more about our easy paper saving programs, HP Pagewides and the effective “Trade in & Save” program.
And don’t forget: Print. On. The. Back.
John Willcox, President