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Printing directly onto envelopes

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Jason Rose, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Why is this sooo difficult? Or is it just MY printer!? I have a couple month old HP F380 that has the slot for printing envelopes, but no matter what I set the paper to be or how I format it, about every other one gets messed up! It can't seem to load the envelope fully before it starts printing on it so my return logo and address gets ran off the paper. Plus the fact that the tray only will hold maybe a dozen envelopes at a time, that makes printing 60 off a very difficult and frustrating task! Also, if it jams, or runs out of paper it will NOT work again until I reboot the whole computer!:dizzy: I finally reverted back in time and printed off labels and spent a good deal of time peeling and sticking.

    I looked at a color lazer printer yesterday too, $400 for an HP 3 in one, or $700 for a Brother machine that looks to be much more well built and also has fax and PC faxing capabilities. I'm just sick of the constant "out of ink" situation I'm in! Only a couple hundred pages and the cartridges on my printer are empty, toner for a lazer printer will do like 2,000 pages and only cost about 4 times more.

    Had to vent :hammerhead: I spent most of the day yesterday yelling at this machine!!! I hate "office work"!
  2. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    If your HP can accept one of the auto duplex attachments with the extra sheet feeder, it would make envelope printing much easier because it feeds from the top instead of pulling out of a tray.


    I'm not sure if this will fit your printer or not. It comes up as an optional accessory for the Deskjet F380 all in one, but it doesn't show in the supported models.

    ED'S LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    I normally use a see thru window envelope for my invoices, but when I mail postcards flyers etc.. I use labels they work great.
  4. LawnsRUsInc.

    LawnsRUsInc. LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 916

    Oh shoot man i hear you i had the same printer and i got rid of it and bought a new color laser OKI printer does envelopes really any size paper
  5. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    It might cost a little more but I just have a printer do them for me not (office max or another chain) but I order a box of returns and a box of envelopes to send out about 500 ea.this way I always have them.
  6. lawnMaster5000

    lawnMaster5000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 591

    get double window envelopes. You will love them.

    Also, then you dont have to worry about matching up the invoice and the proper envelope. Just stuff and stamp.
  7. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I wanted the ability to do one at a time as well and with the address and return address printed on there. I hate having to scrawl it on in pen, and I don't have a label printer to make one label at a time.

    For invoices I do use windowed envelopes, though they are rather expensive compared to others... But for letters and estimates I don't have those formatted for a windowed envelope because it takes up 1/3 of the page just for the address and return. Letters and estimates are usually longer and I "try" to keep things condensed to fit onto one page.

    Anyone ever just forgo the envelope all together and just print the address and return on one side (in the center 1/3 of the page), then print whatever you need on the other side, fold, tape, and affix a stamp? Would be a great time saver over stuffing envelopes and also a money saver too. Does the post office frown on these type of mailings? I would likely use a heavier bond paper so it wouldn't wrinkle up so bad...
  8. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    Yes, this is what I do but I still print addresses on a small No. 8 envelope as a return envelope.

    I have to use an inkjet because my colour lazer doesn't accept such small sizes.

    This year I think I will stop printing out those envelopes because inkjet ink smears when it gets wet.
  9. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    Depends alot on the quality of ink. Most new HP and EPSON inks are colorfast and won't smudge or run with moisture. Also depends a little on the fiber in the paper you print on too.
  10. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    I buy 4-8 oz bottles of ink from Island injet that way I can refill a cartridge for about $3.

    I do the same with my colour lazer, I buy toner refill kits on ebay. Dramatically reduces costs.

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