Marketing your business or your service can be challenging, especially if you’re on a budget. Even as basic as flyers, they can still be expensive. Forget going to the copy centers where you would go to grab a copy or 2 for your emergency use. So, for our first try…I defaulted to my inkjet printer. What a lesson to learn! It’s not meant even for just 600 copies back-to-back, no matter how I downgraded to black/white for the back calendar…or make the picture smaller. I didn’t want to count the number of times I went to the store. That first week we finally got our first flyers out to that chosen area we call Our Farm. There’s no way our printer would print right again as it grabs a handful of pages.
Trek to the stores to find a cheaper laser printer. We thought we found one as advertised…only to get to the store and find it out of stock and discontinued. We ended up getting the wireless version, just because Samsung CLX-3175FW still has the cheapest ink toners and the easiest to install. There’s also a price guarantee for a month…not that we rely on it but we hope we’ll get something back. And we did! A week later with the Memorial holiday…they lowered the price, and we got back $149 out of the $399. Luck for once worked! So far, we’re surviving with it…but still expensive.
Trying to find more deals, I searched on line and found a few cheaper once but not enough to convince me when I factor in possible delivery time and shipping. However, a week ago we found a $10 jump in the ink prices at the store, and $40 for all colors is a chunk of money I’m not willing to let go. I went back searching on line for almost half day, and I narrowed down to my top 4 with Amazon and buy.com somewhere up there. When I noticed that Amazon ships from buy.com, I decided to go straight to buy.com–both have free shipping. Of course…being my first time to use a shopping cart on line, I encountered more technical difficulties (or doubts!). Final decision: ship overnight, 2 days, or 5days+? Instant gratification would cost me more, so I opted to wait. Lo and behold! 24 hours later, FedEx unexpectedly came knocking. My husband informed me I must have checked the Express delivery. Did I? Nope! It said $00 for shipping…and it said my order qualifies for next day delivery. Wow, now I’m hooked. Same thing happened today when I ordered the black value pack yesterday…it came at 2pm. Thank goodness I was too cheap to pay for the next day delivery; my ink was delivered next day anyway…or I never would have known!
For now, I’m a happy camper! Cheap happiness…all I can afford for now. Maybe Samsung or buy.com will send me complimentary supply for this, and I’ll be happier.
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