has anyone used this or something similar? i think itd help me with collage and zine making

@wenotfreeyet thermal printers are quite common, but specific mass made ones like these seem a bit sus to me

@pixouls tbh it felt sus and i needed to be like validated in this lol if there are any you trust i’d love to hear which ones (no pressure tho)

@wenotfreeyet I think part of why it feels sus is because it's so limited in purpose (scrapbooking etc) for a function that originated more generally (printing receipts, accounting, etc) and I have a concern that refills won't be cheap. Usually I see people using old thermal devices and giving them purpose but I don't know where to find those. So maybe looking for what kind of thermal paper would be affordable in bulk and then what printers it can be used in?

@pixouls that makes a lot of sense thank you i am one of those ppl who sees something cute and possibly useful and try to justify needing it so! thanks for coming along on this adventure

@wenotfreeyet I'm assuming you're aware that the thermal prints will fade over a few years -- they're not a stable storage format.

@s0 i wasn’t aware of that so thank you for sharing. i dont really plan to use it for long term projects, just some of the things i’d like to print for collaging and stuff feels like its a waste on a regular printer is all.

@wenotfreeyet @s0 They also get messed up by being left in the heat or just by friction. You can test it on any receipt from a store.

If you wanna print at low power, you want a dot matrix printer. It's old tech but super reliable and doesn't need to warm up like a laser printer.
src: There was a good article comparing printing technologies on a site like Low Tech Mag but I can't find it right now.

@wenotfreeyet I have the HP sprocket and I really like it! It's a bit different because it can't do long rolls of printing (only 2x3 prints) but I quite like it

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