Creative Density is like many of your spaces with about 70 members and 3500 sq ft. We don’t charge for printing and we just ask that members don’t print a book. If they do, just buy some ink every once in a while. Members were going through about a set of ink each month costing me about $65. No biggie, but a noticeable line items at the end of the year.
A month ago we swapped out a 4 year old $200 Epson Workforce 6225, a mid range all in one home office printer, for an Epson ET-4500. The new Epson just got released this summer as a new line of printers targeting people that print a decent amount but they don’t need a workhorse. It’s still a simple home office or small business printer that doesn’t jam that often, scans, copies, connects to Wifi, easy to use. Basically, it’s simple and does everything most people need.
Here is where things get exciting. Epson decided to make money off the printer and charges $425 for it. They provide you with 2 years worth of ink and refills are only $50 for all of the colors and they will last 2 years. The 2 year refills are based on 150 pages a month. Creative Density probably does about that. Epson flipped the formula and they make money off the printer and not on the ink. It’s because I am much more comfortable with paying a one time hefty fee and they not having to refill expensive cartridges and keep them in stock. I love it.
The printer quality is good, the reliability is good, and the set up was easy. I think this is a great solution for all the other coworking spaces with similar amounts of members or less.