Every receipt printer is different, and every business has different needs. Therefore, a lot of careful thought should be put into buying a receipt printer. Here’s what you should ask before making your purchase.

  1. How will the receipt printer connect or interface with your computer?
  2. Is the receipt printer compatible with your POS software?
  3. Are you going to implement a printer connected to the cash drawer?
  4. What are the printer’s resolutions (DPI)?
  5. What is the printer’s speed?
  6. Does the printer use a tear bar or auto cutter?
  7. How fast can you change paper rolls with this printer?
  8. What is your budget?
  9. Is it important to your business that the printer be environmentally friendly?
  10. Is the printer associated with a reliable name brand?
  11. Does the printer have a warranty?
  12. Does the printer have a support team?

Information to Keep in Mind

  • The 3 types of interfaces are RS-232 Serial, Parallel, and USB.
  • Receipt printers can cost anywhere from $175 to $800.
  • Some printers are able to reduce the amount of paper used in printing receipts. This is not only environmentally friendly, but saves your business money.
  • Support teams should have extensive background knowledge on software development for your printer.

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