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A blog about card printing and design.

Card Printer Troubleshooting
By: Camille Meehan - 12/16/2015

Common Datacard SD360 Card Printer Issues I'm printing an order of 300 cards, two color red and black on white card stock. I'll try to beat the printer and finish this blog post before it stops! One isolated area on a card is consistently printing with a flaw. This is often a matter of the tension on the ribbon. In one recent case I had half of a card order turn out flawed due to a tension problem. What improved the problem was going into my advanced printer settings and flipping the card 180°. While this doesn't seem like it should work, it often changes the tension enough to fix the erro...

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Epson TM-T20II Image Printing Samples
By: Camille Meehan - 3/25/2015

Question: Alex Smith wanted to know "can I print pdf or word documents onto thermal paper using this device? thanks" Down below is a sample of images printed from standard Microsoft software on the Epson TM-T20II. Note, as in any printing application when you are printing text as a rasterized image the edges get fuzzy. To avoid blurry text use the built in printer fonts. Answer as seen on YouTube: The TM-T200II uses windows drivers so you can print to the printer from a pdf but keep in mind that the document may be cut off or scaled down if the document isn't formatted for a receip...

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Card Printer Buying Tip - Customer Service
By: Camille Meehan - 12/19/2014

2 Quick Card Printer Buying Tips Tip 1: Before you invest in an expensive (yet wonderful) card printer call the manufacturer support line to check the wait time and quality of the support employees. Look for a kind team that will do their best to help you get over any of the bumps along the way. Tip 2: In my experience it is an excellent idea to use software and hardware from the same manufacturer. If you are buying X-Manufacturer's printer also buy X-Manufacturer's software. This will allow the support team to test and troubleshoot any problems you may have. Full Disclosure: I wrote this p...

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Card Printing Illustrated - No Jargon!
By: Camille Meehan - 12/12/2014

My last post discussed the most popular options for POSGuys card printing. Since there are many options available the details can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t work in the printing or point of sale technology industry. I admit (publicly and on my employers website even…) when I first started working at POSGuys I was driven absolutely crazy by the point of sale jargon so I’ll try to do everyone a favor and explain the card printing options, in plain old English. The first thing to understand about our cards is that they start out with black printing on white cardstock. These are al...

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Our Most Popular Cards (and why they can increase sales!)
By: Camille Meehan - 9/17/2014

Increase loyalty and gain new customers by providing customers with the option to buy gift cards. There is a reason large businesses like Olive Garden, Wal-Mart or Starbucks all offer their own cards, it makes them more money than they would have otherwise. According to Gift Card Granny the average gift card user spends an additional 20% beyond the value of the card at their shopping trip. Additionally retailers who switch from paper gift certificates to plastic gift cards typically see a 50-100% increase in gift sales. So what exactly is a gift card? At its simplest a gift card is just a cre...

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