Knowledgebase: PaperCut
Print Charging
Last modified on 15 August 2020 07:52 PM

The Print Charging Strategy

The term print charging refers to a print control strategy where users are required to pay for their printing upfront. Access to the printers is not allowed until the user has sufficient funds in their printing account.

One example could be that you want to set things up so that to print a page in color costs $0.40, while a page of grayscale costs $0.05. With PaperCut NG and MF, that’s all possible. Not only that, but you can get even more granular, and charge differing amounts for duplex or simplex print jobs - i.e. whether they’re double sided or single sided. With PaperCut MF you can charge for copies or scans too.

Combining Print Charging with Print Quotas

A charging strategy is often used in conjunction with a Print Quota solution where users are allocated an allowance – say $10.00 a week. If the user needs extra funds, they may be required to top up their account balance with their own money. This strategy is commonly used in primary schools and high schools, as well as universities and libraries.

How to Implement

Wondering how to set this up? If you have PaperCut NG or PaperCut MF installed, head over to the Printers tab in the admin console, select a printer, and hop into the ‘Charging’ section - where you can set up Printer Differential Charging.