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Does It Really Cost You 6 Cents to Print a Page?

Posted by Wayne Fyvie on Mar 26, 2017 7:39:21 PM
Wayne Fyvie

Understanding the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of your entire printing environment is the first step in knowing the true cost per printed page – which is usually nowhere near 6 cents to print a page!



In calculating your TCO you should include:

  • Cost of consumables
  • Cost of service and maintenance
  • Software costs
  • Hardware costs
  • Rental or finance costs (as well as the applicable escalation rates)
  • Minimum billing costs


When factoring in the above – do you believe that your cost to print a page is still only 6 cents per page across all your machines?

Gartner estimates companies spend between 1% and 3% of their turnover on printing.

It is important to understand what this cost actually is and what your print environment is made up of.


Take a look at some statistics we have gathered on schools across South Africa, confirming the real TCOs and what their actual print environment looks like.

Download School Print Stats

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