Ask the DI: Why does ITS charge the same for double- and single-sided prints?

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 17, 2009 7:40 AM

Q: “If ITS really wants us to print double-sided copies in the ITCs, why does it cost the same as printing single-sided copies?”

A: The cost of printing single-sided and double-sided documents is the same because a piece of paper costs the UI under than half a penny. Passing the savings on to students would mean a double-sided document would cost 9.6 cents versus 10 cents, Chris Clark, manager of Learning Spaces Technology.

The cost of printing really comes from the hardware, servicing the equipment, and the toner. Clark said the UI advocates two-sided printing because, environmentally, it is the right thing to do.

In fact, keep your eyes open because the UI plans to soon set all university computers to default to two-sided printing.

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