Where to buy printers online

Need a new printer for the home office or for home schooling? Here are the best places to buy printers online in Australia.

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Over the past few years, paper has become less important to our increasingly digital workplace. With that said, there are still plenty of occasions when you need to print off a physical document to do your job.

With many businesses now in lockdown due to coronavirus and online schooling becoming the norm, having a printer in the home is more essential than ever. For most of us, using the office printer or ducking down to the library is no longer possible.

Fortunately, there are plenty of online stores where you can score a cheap printer deal suitable for the home office and schooling. Here are some of the best options in Australia.

Where to buy printers online


Online printer deals

Amazon printer

Amazon

Amazon Australia has swiftly cemented itself as one of the best places to buy tech online. It sells hundreds of different models from every major manufacturer, including 3D printers. Prices start at under $60.

Why shop at Amazon?

  • Express delivery available
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Easy returns
Buy printers at Amazon

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eBay

eBay has one of the largest selections of new and second-hand printers online. eBay's marketplace structure makes it easy to track down the item you're after and compare prices from various sellers to get yourself the best deal. You can regularly find printers for under $20.

  • Free shipping on eligible items with eBay Plus membership
  • New products added daily
  • Shop by guaranteed delivery date
Buy printers at eBay

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The Good Guys

Consumer electronics store The Good Guys is known for being one of the most competitive on the market. In addition to running frequent sales, the retailer also offers a price match guarantee, so you can be assured that you're getting a good printer deal. Prices start at $69.

  • Frequent deals
  • Click and collect available
  • Premium delivery option includes unboxing and connecting of product
Buy printers at The Good Guys
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Bing Lee

Consumer electronics store Bing Lee has an extensive range of printers at very competitive prices. It carries some of the biggest printer brands, including Canon, Fuji Xerox and Epson. Prices start at just $37.

  • Price match guarantee
  • Two-hour click and collect available
  • Live chat available seven days a week
Buy printers at Bing Lee

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Kogan

Kogan specialises in affordable tech products and printers are no exception. The retailer regularly runs "hot deals" on printers and accessories, so keep an eye out for new deals. Prices start at $139.

  • Earn and use Qantas Frequent Flyer points
  • Free delivery on eligible items
  • Exclusive discounts and free shipping on all items with Kogan First membership
Buy printers at Kogan

Catch printer

Catch

Catch has a dedicated sales portal for home office printers. Catch also sells a wide range of computing accessories at very affordable prices. You can find exclusive deals by joining Club Catch.

  • Try out Club Catch for free for 30 days
  • Express delivery options available
  • Club Catch membership gives you free delivery choices for an annual subscription fee
Buy printers at Catch

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HP

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has been manufacturing printers for decades. It offers an extensive range of options for home users, specialising in InkJet and LaserJet models. You can buy HP printers from most online merchants on this list, but they also sell direct to the customer.

  • Free delivery across Australia
  • Refund or replacement guarantee in case of computer failure
  • Dedicated technical support team available online
Buy printers at HP

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Apple

The Apple Store mainly sells photo printers. However, there are also some third-party options available including the HP Tango X laser printer.

  • Free shipping on all orders
  • Shop refurbished products at discounted prices
  • Trade in old devices and put the credit towards your new purchase

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JB Hi-Fi

As one of Australia's largest retailers, JB Hi-Fi is a go-to store for all your electronics needs. Not only does it stock a large selection of printers, but it also runs weekly deals that can help you save some serious cash.

  • Price match guarantee
  • Express delivery available
  • Click and collect available

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Officeworks

As its name implies, Officeworks stocks plenty of home office hardware including printers. Prices start at $32.

  • Free shipping on orders over $55
  • Afterpay available on orders over $55
  • Click and collect available

Which of these retailers offer free delivery?

  • eBay: Free on eligible items with eBay Plus membership
  • Amazon Australia: Free on eligible items with Amazon Prime membership
  • The Good Guys: Free shipping on orders over $55
  • Catch: Free delivery with Club Catch membership
  • Officeworks: Free delivery on orders over $55
  • Kogan: Free on eligible items with Kogan First membership
  • HP: Free delivery on orders over $50
  • Apple: Free on all orders

How much do printers cost?

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Some printers cost less than $40 brand new, which makes you wonder how the manufacturer could possibly be turning a profit. The answer is ink – and its ongoing costs should be factored into your buying decision.

Printer ink ranges in price from a few dollars per cartridge to hundreds of dollars for a complete toner set. Before purchasing a printer, research the type of ink cartridge it uses and how much they cost. Also check if the cartridges are readily available at the places you shop.

As a general rule of thumb, you don't need to spend more than $150 for a good quality home office printer. If you are printing at large volumes or require high quality prints, you may need to spend a bit extra, however.


Inkjet printers vs laser printers

The two main types of printer are inkjet and laser. Inkjet printers use liquid ink to produce high quality images, including photographs (although this also depends on the model's print resolution, typically measured in "dots per inch" or "dpi".) Laser printers use powdered ink combined with laser beam technology, which makes them better suited for text and graphs.

Inkjet printers are more versatile but laser printers are faster. If you need to print lots of text-based documents for work and don't care about photo quality, consider a laser printer. With that said, inkjets are perhaps better suited for families and they are also cheaper at the entry level.

Some manufacturers use propriety printing technology or other methods, including solid ink and pour-in ink bottles. If you are considering one of these models, carefully consider how much the ink costs and whether it's readily available.


Multifunction printers

A multifunction printer, or MFP, combines multiple office devices into one machine. This will typically include a fax, photocopier and scanner in addition to the printer.

MFPs are usually more expensive than standalone printers, but there are some budget-friendly options available. For example, the HP Deskjet 2621, which lets you print, copy and scan documents, can be purchased for under $100 at Amazon.


Important printer features and functions

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Other printer features to consider include the maximum print size (do you need larger than A4?), print speed (do you need lots of pages printed quickly?), LCD displays (do you want help with troubleshooting?) and inbuilt Wi-Fi.

As with any tech product, extra features usually results in a higher price tag, so carefully consider the type of functions you'll actually need.

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