When choosing paper for a copier, buyers should consider the intended use of the copied product, as well as the brightness of the paper, the weight of the paper, the type of paper, and the paper size. They should also think about the quantity of copies that they plan to make every day. Buyers should be able to find a variety of copy paper in local office supply stores and other retail outlets, as well as online from websites such as eBay.
Thinking About Usage
As buyers determine what type of copy paper to use, they should first think about the purpose of the copies. Office memos and copies of documents that are being kept for record-keeping purposes do not need to be duplicated with high-quality paper. However, customer presentations, business letters, official reports, contracts, and formal documents usually require high-grade, premium paper.
Selecting Paper Brightness
The reflective quality of a piece of paper is referred to as its brightness. The more light a paper reflects back to the viewer, the brighter or whiter it appears. Paper that is very white or bright enables the black ink of printed text to appear clearer and more readable. It also allows colors and images to be depicted more vividly. While white is the most common choice for copy paper, ivory and other colors have their uses as well.
Choosing Paper Thickness or Weight
For finer or more formal copy projects, some users may prefer heavier, thicker paper. A heavy sheet of paper feels more lush and luxurious than regular paper does. It looks more important and more attractive. However, users should carefully consider the specifications and limitations of the copy machine that they are using. Not all machines are built to take heavy paper, but some are designed to handle it with no problem.
Paper weight is measured in pounds. Manufacturers weigh 500 sheets of paper, or one ream, and use the resulting number of pounds on the label of the package of paper. The chart below shows the common types of paper weight.
Paper Weight Weight in Pounds
Heavyweight 28 to 32 lb.
Middleweight 22 to 24 lb.
Standard or Lightweight 20 lb.
Standard paper is generally the cheapest and is used for many office and home copy jobs. Paper with a higher weight may be used for more long-term copy jobs, such as reports, business plans, letters, and other important documents.
Considering Paper Type
Copy paper usually falls into one of three categories: inkjet paper, laser paper, or multi-purpose paper. A fourth option is recycled paper. Most copiers can handle any of these types of paper, but each type of paper has slightly different features. Users should consider each paper type as they decide which one to use.
Inkjet paper is a common kind of paper that is designed for use in the average home printer or copier. It is designed to move smoothly through machines, but it may occasionally crumple or jam if many pages are being copied at once. The surface of a piece of inkjet paper is treated in a special process that enables it to accept every shade of color and to precisely render text and images with any feathering effect. Inkjet paper is fairly inexpensive and works well for everyday copy needs at home or at the office. For a readable, clear copy, inkjet paper is an excellent choice.
Laser paper is somewhat heavier than other kinds of paper are. It can withstand the heat in printers and copy machines that run hotter and faster than others do. This resistance to heat makes it ideal for large jobs in which hundreds of sheets are being copied within a short space of time.
Laser paper has a few other benefits as well. The white color of the paper is brighter than normal. The design and the manufacturing of the paper enables it to slide through the copier easily, lessening the likelihood of paper jams, crumpling, or curling. Because laser paper is a brighter white, colors tend to look more vivid and vibrant when printed on it.
If users have a lot of copies to make and little time to do it, they may want to choose laser paper. Laser paper moves smoothly through the machine even at high speeds and produces an attractive end result.
Multi-purpose paper is even less expensive than inkjet paper is. It is not treated like inkjet paper is, nor is it uniquely designed like laser paper is. For cheap copies with decent quality and good color, users can choose multipurpose paper. However, they should be aware that lighter, cheaper paper can sometimes cause "showthrough," in which the image or text printed on the front of the paper can be perceived when one looks at the back of the paper. Because of this, it is usually inadvisable to use light multi-purpose paper for two-sided documents. If users need a two-sided copy of a document with no showthrough, they should choose either a heavier weight of multi-purpose paper or another type of paper altogether, such as laser or inkjet paper.
Recycled Copy Paper
Some businesses prioritize going green, doing everything in their power to minimize their impact on the earth and to conserve its resources. Many individuals also like to conserve resources and materials whenever they can. For these buyers, using recycled paper whenever possible is important. Many different kinds of recycled copy paper are available. In some cases, recycled copy paper may not be as brightly white as regular, new copy paper is. However, this depends on the process that is used to manufacture it. Users should be able to find recycled paper in all shades of white as well as in a few colors. It also comes in multi-purpose paper, laser paper, and inkjet paper.
Other eco-friendly papers are being produced by some manufacturers. These "tree-free" types of paper do not use tree products. Instead, they incorporate bamboo, sugar cane, cotton, straw, and hemp.
PCF vs. TCF Paper
Buyers that are concerned about the environmental impact of paper and paper processes may be interested in the difference between TCF and PCF paper. TCF stands for "totally chlorine free," meaning that the paper was manufactured and bleached without the use of chlorine. Even if recycled paper is made without bleaching agents, it may contain paper that was previously bleached before its reuse. This kind of paper is marked PCF ("processed chlorine free") rather than TCF.
Choosing Paper Size
Standard paper size is 8.5 inches by 11 inches. This type of paper is sufficient for making most types of copies. However, other paper sizes such as 11 x 17 or 8.5 x 13 are available for copy jobs that require larger pages. Some copiers and printers have more than one paper tray, allowing users to stock the machine with multiple paper sizes and then quickly choose between them when copying documents.
How to Buy Copier Paper on eBay
Brick and mortar retailers in your area should have a wide range of paper options available. However, you may be able to find more variety or be able to purchase paper in bulk quantities at cheaper prices if you shop on eBay.
Searching for Copier Paper on eBay
Search eBay for "copier paper" or specify another type of paper in your search. Pages of available listings should appear, which you can then filter to reflect the condition, price, seller, shipping, location, and other features that you want. Once you have conducted a search, you can save it if you are interested in knowing whenever sellers post new listings for copier paper. eBay sends you notifications each time that new products are posted so that you can go online and view the merchandise. You can also check eBay Stores to see if the sellers there have any additional products available.
Top Rated Plus Sellers
Remember to look for Top Rated Plus seals as you shop. These seals identify listings posted by Top Rated Plus sellers who provide fast shipping, 14-day money-back return policies, reliable products, and other services. These top sellers all have top feedback scores from their previous clients. Regular sellers may also offer return policies, free shipping, or package deals as buyer incentives. To contact one of eBay’s many sellers, you can go to the seller’s profile page and click on the Contact Member link, or you can go to the product listing and click Ask a Question. Either option offers a secure way to message sellers.
Copiers are an integral part of many businesses. They are also popular in homes. Copiers are sometimes combined with printers for an all-in-one machine that can print or reproduce reports, letters, emails, photos, artwork, and other documents.
Using the right paper in a copier can make a big difference in the quality of the final product. Users need to consider whether the copies are intended for employees, for clients, for personal use, or for records. They must think about the qualities of the paper, such as brightness, weight, thickness, surface texture, and design. If buyers are making many copies, they need paper that can withstand the heat and speed of a fast copy job. Understanding the features and design of each of the four types of paper (inkjet paper, laser paper, multipurpose paper, and recycled paper) should help buyers make the right paper choice, producing clean, crisp copies that communicate the necessary information or images.