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How Much Does a Business Card Printing Machine Cost?


by Rob Clarkson

The ideal printer is determined more by your quantity needs than quality needs. If you require hundreds of business cards a month, a high-quality ink-jet printer is sufficient. At the time of publication, a high performance ink-jet printer ranges in price from $100 to $300. When needing thousands of cards per month, use a high-end laser printer due to the larger production volume. A high-quality black and white laser printer ranges from $300 to $700, whereas a full color laser printer can cost $500 to $3,500.

The style and quality of paper used in producing business cards will largely reflect personal taste and business aesthetics. While there is no right or wrong medium for business cards, card-stock is the standard. Business cards can be glossy, textured, flat, smooth, rough, colorful, white or whatever is needed to portray the desired effect. The quality and style of paper is a subjective, but important, choice when deciding how to represent a business. At the time of

publication, card-stock designed and perforated for business cards averages between 2 and 4 cents per sheet.

When producing your own business cards, design the cards appropriately so that they can be printed in the proper size and format. There are currently many free programs available that accomplish this as well as paid programs ranging from $20 to $50. Not all business card paper comes perforated and, even when it does, cutting perforated paper by hand can be very time consuming. Consider purchasing a business card cutter to save time and resources. At the time of publication, manual business card cutters cost on average $50 to $200 while automatic business card cutters range from $500 to $5,500.

In some instances, the time and resources required to make your own business cards are greater than paying a third party to do so. Make sure that the overhead costs and time expenditure will be lower. Consult a design professional to ensure your business card design is simple and sleek rather than clumsy and unprofessional.


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