Printing Costs

Below are the costs for Printers compared to the Specialist and Bulk Printing Service

Printers

The costs are as follows for using the printers including paper:

Double Sided

 Print Type   Cost/page  Equivalent cost/side 
 A4 Mono  4p  2p
 A4 Colour  14p  7p
 A3 Mono  10p  5p
 A3 Colour  28p  14p


Single Sided

 Print Type   Cost/page  Equivalent cost/side 
 A4 Mono  3p  3p
 A4 Colour  8p  8p
 A3 Mono  6p  6p
 A3 Colour  15p  15p


For large print or copy jobs, staff should use the Specialist and Bulk Printing Service

Specialist and Bulk Printing Service

The Specialist and Bulk Printing Service is more cost effective than printing from a local printer, savings can range from between 30% to 40% depending on the type of printing required.
The following table shows the cost assuming free basic finishing, such as a staple, which makes job VAT exempt and include standard paper:

Double Sided

 Print Type   Cost/page  Equivalent cost/side 
 A4 Mono  2.8p  1.4p
 A4 Colour  9.8p  4.9p
 A3 Mono  9.0p  4.5p
 A3 Colour  18.2p  9.1p


Single Sided

 Print Type   Cost/page  Equivalent cost/side 
 A4 Mono  1.7p  1.7p
 A4 Colour  5.1p  5.1p
 A3 Mono  5p  5p
 A3 Colour  9.6p  9.6p


If no finishing at all then the job will be subject to VAT at 20%.  However, even with additional cost ths still cheaper than an printer.
The cost for a single impression excluding paper is as follows.  There are various types of paper which you can select separately:

 Print Type   Single Sided (pence)
 A4 Mono  1.2p
 A4 Colour  4.6p
 A3 Mono  4.0p
 A3 Colour  8.6p

Other finishing such as spiral binding, comb binding, laminating etc. can be chosen at extra cost.

Comparison between Specialist and Bulk Printing Service vs MFDs 

The comparison table shows the savings you can make from large quantities of print jobs using Double sided and assuming “recycled basic” paper:

Example Job  Local MFD (£)   DSC (£)  Saving (£)
A4 Mono - 100 pages  2.00 1.40 0.60
A4 Mono - 200 pages  4.00 2.80 1.20 
A4 Mono - 500 pages 10.00 7.00 3.00
A4 Mono - 1000 pages  20.00  14.00 6.00
A4 Mono - 3000 pages  60.00  42.00 18.00
A4 Colour - 100 pages  7.00  4.90 2.10
A4 Colour - 200 pages  14.00  9.80  4.20
A4 Colour - 500 pages  35.00  24.50  10.50
A4 Colour - 1000 pages  70.00  49.00  21.00
A4 Colour - 3000 pages  210.00  147.00  63.00 

Below are 3 example jobs where some pages are B&W and Colour, again assuming Double sided and assuming “recycled basic” paper:

 Example Jobs Local MFD (£)   DSC (£)  Saving (£)
70 copies of Double Sided
15 sides, 2 colour/13 Mono 
 28.00  19.60  8.40
50 copies of Double Sided
100 sides, 10 colour/90 Mono
 125.00  87.50  37.50
150 copies of Double Sided
50 sides, 30 colour/20 Mono 
 375.00  262.50  112.50