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Winn L. Rosch Hardware Bible, Sixth Edition by Winn L. Rosch

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Consumables

Consumables are those things that your printer uses up, wears out, or burns through as it does its work. Paper is the primary consumable, and the need for it is obvious with any printer. Other consumables are less obvious, sometimes even devious in the way they can eat into your budget.

You probably think you are familiar with the cost of these consumables. A couple months after the old dot-matrix ribbon starts printing too faintly to read, you finally get around to ordering a new $5 ribbon to hold you through for the rest of the decade. But if you buy one of today's top-quality printers—laser, thermal wax, or dye-diffusion—you may be in for a surprise. When the toner or transfer sheet runs out, the replacement may cost as much as ...

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