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Question: How much does the average real estate agent pay for ink?

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Would love some feedback from the community!


I'd imagine it's a small fortune, and dwarfs many of your other office costs, but I'm genuinely interested in what that looks like from a refill standpoint on a yearly basis!




Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Mark, Clever post and good question.  For me, ink was over $100.00 last month.  In addition I spent at least another $100 on professional printing.

Jul 28, 2010 04:54 PM
Mark Walser
Appraisal Management Professional - Hemby, NC
President, Incenter AMC

Hi Sharon,

Nice to connect with you.  Thanks for the response, depending on your printer that's 3-4 times per month isn't it?

Plus the professional printing.  We're making a pretty significant investment in the real estate industry because we believe we can bring value and cost reduction, but having feedback like yours helps us really identify a key pain and what the numbers actually are.

I look forward to continuing the dialogue and further feedback!

Best Regards,


Jul 29, 2010 02:02 AM
Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D.
Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795 - Santa Maria, CA
Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879

You imagine correctly.  I pay a ton of money on ink and toner.  I prefer that escrow companies send me hard copies so I can avoid some of the expense of printing out hundreds of pages of HOA documents, etc. 

Nov 01, 2010 06:00 PM
Anthony Razhas
Real Estate eBroker Inc. - Carlsbad, CA

I have found that the most cost efficient route is to buy ink and inject it into the cartridges yourself!  It saves you over $500.00 a year!

Jul 01, 2011 12:28 PM

You know Anthony -- with Kodak ink you don't have to do that - the ink is much less expensive to begin with.  But there is a second reason.  After market ink isn't made with the same chemistry as OEM ink, and sometimes that can have a bad effect on your printer and also on your print quality.   Just something to think about but thanks for answering!

Jul 04, 2011 09:17 AM