The receipt printer is an integral part of the Point of Sale System. They are used in many industries such as hotel, retail and much more. There is a wide range of receipt printers that includes thermal, dot matrix, inkjet and much more. Many customers make mistakes while buying the receipt printers. Thus to help them to avoid making the mistakes, here is a quick rundown of the common mistakes.
What are the Common Mistakes to Avoid While Selecting a Receipt Printer?
Overlooking the Compatibility Issues
Compatibility of the receipt printer with the Point of Sale software is an absolutely necessary aspect to consider before purchasing it. It is recommended to check with a software vendor before purchasing one. Checking the compatibility of your printer with your present programs and equipment is an absolute necessity. It is disappointing to see that the new system purchased does not operate with your present technologies.
You should check the compatibility of all your software and hardware with the new printer before purchasing it. If you feel the new system should be integrated into your present system, contact the vendor and inquire about the cost involved. Only after getting the answers to all your questions you should; purchase the printer.
Failing to Take Into Account All the Cost
Mistakes customers generally make while investing in receipt printers is that they only take into account the cost of buying the printer and overlook the added expenses such as the cost of paper, ink etc. On an average, you can get 200 receipts from a 150-ft roll. The regular white paper receipt is cheaper than the thermal paper.
Many of the retailers or the banks, issue receipts along with the logos of the companies in the background or pre-printed at regular intervals. This could increase the price of the receipt to double. You can avoid this by using thermal devices and printing the logos on the top of the receipts as they are created.
In addition to the paper, you have to take into consideration the ink required for printing the receipts. At least once in a while the inkjet or the ribbon cartridge requires replacement. Most of the ribbons of the dot-matrix cost about $3 and they last through 3,00,000 printed characters. During the printer’s lifetime, the ribbon would be replaced about 200 times at a price of $600.
Basing Your Choice on Cost Alone
Everyone wants to save his money and so it is fine to invest in a cost-effective printer. While doing so you should never compromise on the important aspects. A low-quality and cheap receipt printer could lack the functionalities and the critical features needed to operate in a retail business.
Opting for a low-cost option could help you in saving your money but the time spent in the workarounds as well as fixing the shortcomings of the system could lead to draining of your expenses in the future.
These are some of the common mistakes customers generally make while choosing receipt printers.